The Rubin
  • Adult Group Tours

Whether on your first visit or your tenth, guided tours at the Rubin Museum of Art are ideal for visitors of all ages to connect with the ideas, cultures and art of Himalayan Asia. Museum tours led by our knowledgeable guides can be designed to reflect a variety of themes based upon your group’s interests.

The Rubin Museum offers a variety of private tours for seniors, alumni groups, organized tour and travel groups and general-interest groups. Our guide program is tailored to each group visit and provides an insightful look into Himalayan art, weaving themes with current exhibitions and provoking discussion. Visitors will leave with the tools to understand and appreciate Himalayan art and heritage.

Guided Tour Details

  • 60 minutes long, but can be modified to accommodate your group’s schedule
  • Museum admission fees apply

  • $65 per tour group: 15 attendees maximum per group

Schedule a Tour

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Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Group menus are available for Café Serai. Please review our Group Visit Guidelines prior to your scheduled visit.

Thematic Tour Options

An Out-of-Office Experience: Team Building at the Rubin Museum
Let us be your guide as we make connections between your team and the powerful deities depicted in the Rubin Museum’s collection. Before the tour each participant will complete a brief survey to identify individual workstyles. Next your guide will facilitate a tour of the collection that connects traits of key figures in Himalayan art with those of your team members. Learn about the art in the collection while also learning to appreciate the diverse attributes of your team members.

Sacred Art & Common Ground: Making Personal Connections with Himalayan Art
Most Himalayan art is designed to demonstrate religious teachings from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. However, many of these concepts reflect universal themes applicable across cultures. Along-side a museum Guide, explore diverse perspectives and find personal connections within the Rubin Museum’s galleries.

Femininity and Form
Female figures populate many artworks in the Rubin Museum collection. Through a guided tour, become acquainted with the leading ladies of Buddhist and Hindu artworks, while also learning to decipher the various symbols and iconography used to depict female energies in Himalayan art.

Peace and Wrath: The Many Faces of Compassion
Peaceful and wrathful images, however serene or scary, beautiful or bizarre, are created to illustrate everyday human tendencies and energies. With the help of a museum Guide, learn about the symbolic transformation of fierce and gentle depictions in Himalayan art.

Building Blocks of Buddhist Art: Materials & Processes from the Himalayas
Join a museum Guide and uncover the techniques and materials used in creating traditional Himalayan art, from thangka paintings and textiles to hollow cast and repoussé sculptures.

Dining at Café Serai

Join us for lunch at Café Serai. With advance notice, groups can reserve tables and arrange to have lunch awaiting your guests at the conclusion of your tour. To learn more about confirming your group’s pre-order from our group platter menu, please call 212.620.5000 x345 or email All reservation requests are subject to availability.

Regular Museum Tours

The Rubin Museum offers regular scheduled tours of special exhibitions and the permanent collection. For a listing of all our regular tours, please view the Tours and Groups page.

Accessibility at the Museum

The museum welcomes all visitors and offers guided tours and programs to accommodate all audiences, including verbal description and sensory tours and American Sign Language-interpreted tours. Learn more about accessibility at the Museum

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