Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a uniquely peaceful retreat. The museum presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas to a world audience in order to educate about and to inspire others in the value of this significant cultural heritage.


Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture be built in the United States, and it was the first Museum in the world devoted solely to Tibetan art.


The surrounding landscape design, which Marchais named the ‘Samadhi Garden’, features a fish pond, meditation cells, and many plantings native to the Himalayas.  The Museum’s distinctive setting highlights and enhances the experience of viewing the art within.


Visitors to the museum will enjoy:

  • Tibetan and Himalayan art and ritual objects on display

  • Changing exhibits on Tibetan and Himalayan culture 

  • Quiet meditation gardens

  • Classes in tai chi and meditation

  • Special programs including films, musical performances, lectures and travel talks, traditional Tibetan crafts, family activities and more

Visit "The Jewel on the Hillside"


  • The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 – 5 PM.

  • Adults $6  

  • Students, Seniors & Visitors with Disabilities $4 

  • Located in a residential neighborhood, free on-site street parking is available on Lighthouse Avenue. Additional parking can be found on Edinboro Road or at the nearby LaTourette Golf Course.