• School Tours

Explore Himalayan Asia here in New York! Guided tours at the Rubin Museum are learner-centered and help K-12 students develop visual literacy and critical-thinking skills through engaging, inquiry-based discussions.

Led by trained museum educators and docents, guided tours support the development of skills and knowledge that are part of the Common Core State Standards.

Guided Tour Details

  • 60 minutes long
  • Museum admission fees apply
    • All Members of NYCDOE school groups: Free
    • Teachers and adult chaperones: $15
    • Students age 13 and older: $5
    • Students age 12 and younger: Free
    • Museum members: Free (Become a member today!)

  • $65 per tour group: 15 students per guide maximum (FREE for all NYCDOE schools)
  • We invite you and your students to continue to explore the galleries after your tour.

Enhance your museum experience with a pre-visit lesson or a hands-on workshop.

TOUR AVAILABILITY

The Rubin Museum offers school tours beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

To schedule your school tour at the Rubin Museum, please click the button below to make a reservation. You can also download and complete a School Group Visit Registration Form (PDF).

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Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. One guide is assigned to every fifteen people. Group menus are available from Café Serai. Please review our Group Visit Guidelines prior to your scheduled visit.

TOUR THEMES

Animals in Himalayan Art: Familiar and Fantastic (Suggested for grades K-3)
Explore images of real and imagined animals in the Rubin Museum and discover the role that animals play in the stories and symbols of the artwork.

All about Buddha: Stories and Teachings
Learn about the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and begin to understand the main tenets of Buddhism by looking closely at paintings and sculptures.

Mandalas: Symmetry and Symbolism
Learn about the basic structure and geometry of mandalas and explore the ritual purpose of these images to see how they connect to other works of art from Himalayan Asia.

Materials and Techniques: How is it made?
Discover the different techniques used to create the sculptures and paintings at the Rubin Museum and compare different materials to see how medium affects how stories, figures, and themes are depicted.

Protection: Peace and Wrath
Explore paintings and sculptures depicting protection throughout the Museum and learn about the qualities and attributes of peaceful and wrathful deities of protection.

Special Exhibition Tour: Powerful Masks
Learn about how different cultures in Asia and the American Northwest Coast through use masks for drama, celebrations, rituals, and healing by exploring the exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks. A special hands-on workshop available to extend your experience.

Silk Road: From China to the West (Suggested for grades 3-12)
Make connections between geography, trade routes, and art to learn how ideas such as Buddhism were spread along the Silk Road.

Symbols: Decoding Himalayan Art (Suggested for grades 3-12)
Explore different kinds of symbols to learn the ways that symbols can tell stories and represent complex ideas.

DUAL VISIT

In partnership with the Museum of Biblical Art, this dual visit program compares and contrasts Renaissance Italian art of Europe and Buddhist art of Himalayan Asia.

To book this program, email us or call 212.260.5000 x273.

Self-Guided School Group Visits

Bring your class on a self-guided visit to the Rubin Museum of Art as an exciting way to enhance your curriculum and expand student learning.

Please keep in mind that self-guided groups must also schedule their visit and be aware of our group visit guidelines. All self-guided groups are welcomed to the museum with a brief 5–10 minute orientation by a museum staff member. If you would like to visit the galleries before your group tour, we offer a complimentary teacher’s pass after you have scheduled your trip.

Schedule a Self-Guided Visit

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 reservations@rubinmuseum.org. All reservation requests are subject to availability.

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