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.


To schedule your school tour at the Rubin Museum, please click the button below to make a reservation.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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