The Rubin
  • 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: $10
    • 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 hands-on workshop.


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.


Please click the button below to schedule your visit at the Rubin Museum of Art. Please be advised that all visits will be confirmed between Wednesdays and Fridays. Thank you!

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


All About Buddha (All Grades)

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

Recommended workshop theme: Sacred Spaces

Animals (Grades K–3)

Explore familiar and fantastical animal figures found in Himalayan art. Learn about the importance of animals in cultures through stories about hybrid animals and animal deities.

Recommended workshop theme: Sacred Spaces

How Is It Made? (All Grades)

Discover the different techniques used to create the sculptures and paintings found throughout the Museum. Make connections between art and history as you compare different materials and their impacts on how stories, figures, and themes are depicted.

Recommended workshop theme: Artifact Investigation

Mandalas (All Grades)

Make connections between math and art when learning about the basic structure and geometry of mandalas. Explore the purpose of these symbolic castles and how they are used as ritual tools in Buddhism.

Recommended workshop theme: 3-D Mandalas

Mindfulness (All Grades)

Explore culture and religion when learning about different forms of mindfulness, such as ritual and prayer. Engage in observational and breathing exercises to make thoughtful interactions with art and the Museum’s Shrine Room installation.

Recommended workshop theme: Material Mindfulness

Nepalese Seasons (All Grades)

Make connections between literacy and geography through the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual. Explore how nature and culture meet during the Nepalese monsoon season.

Recommended workshop theme: Rain and Ritual

Silk Road (Grades 3–12)

Discover the importance of history and art on the trade routes through the Himalayan region. Learn about the spread and development of Buddhism and other religions along the Silk Road.

Recommended workshop theme: Journey Maps

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. 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 email All reservation requests are subject to availability.

Preparing for your visit

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