In 1945, Jacques Marchais founded a museum to house her collection of Tibetan art. She designed two field-stone buildings, a library and a museum, to resemble a Himalayan temple. The museum is surrounded by meditation gardens with statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan prayer flags, and a lotus and fish pond. The collection primarily consists of Tibetan Buddhist art from Tibet, Mongolia, and Northern China and dates from the 15th to the early 20th century. The collection is especially rich in statues of Buddhas, lamas, Arhats, Protector Deities and Thangka paintings as well as excellent examples of 18th century Qianlong cloisonni.
Location: 338 Lighthouse Ave, Staten Island
Telephone: 1 (718) 987-3500
Bus: S74 (Ramp B at St. George Terminal) to Lighthouse Ave (30 minute ride) or take Staten Island Railway to Great Kills, then S54 bus to Lighthouse Ave.
Admission *:Adults $5.00, Seniors and Students $3.00, Children under 12 $2.00. Admission to special programs vary. Call the Museum at 718-987-3500 for exact fees.
Hours *: 1:00 5:00pm, Wednesday Sunday, all year.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art Website: www.tibetanmuseum.org
Allow a minimum of 3 hours for your visit to the museum (including round-trip transportation to South ferry, round-trip Staten Island Ferry, round-trip bus on Staten Island, and climbing up Lighthouse Avenue). As you proceed up Lighthouse Ave you may be confused because the lower address numbers begin at the top. Disabled visitors are advised to hire a private car service at the St. George Ferry Terminal. Visitors may picnic at tables placed in the garden. There are no restaurants or food concessions nearby. The museum gift shop features items made by Tibetan artisans.
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