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Opening Night Celebration

Mandala Lab

Friday, October 1, 2021
6:00 PM–10:00 PM

Celebrate the opening of the Mandala Lab, the Museum’s newest interactive space, at this special one night only return of the K2 Lounge. Come explore the newly remodeled third floor that has been designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning through its sensory interactives and artist collaborations.

Embark on a journey toward self-awareness, enjoy free admission, soak up beats with DJ Luna Rosa, and toast the new floor in the K2 Lounge!

About the Mandala Lab

The Mandala Lab is a new interactive space for social, emotional, and ethical learning that invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them

Inspired by Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, a sculpture that invites synchronized breathing, and artist-curated gongs—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space where emotions can turn to wisdom.


To attend this event, visitors must show 1) proof of full vaccination and 2) a valid ID.

Visitors are considered fully vaccinated after their second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Proof of vaccination may include:

Valid ID includes your name accompanied by a photograph, such as:

  • Driver’s license
  • Government ID card
  • IDNYC card
  • Passport
  • School ID card

Lead support of the Mandala Lab is provided by Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Anne and Albert Chao, Anne E. Delaney, Noah P. Dorsky, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life. Public funds are provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.

The Mandala Lab’s multi-year campaign is underway. Our supporter list as of July 15, 2021, is in formation.

Mandala Lab opening weekend is sponsored by New York Life.

Advanced tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are sold out.

Limited walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can’t join us Friday night? The Rubin is offering free admission October 1 to 3. Reserve your free timed entry ticket today.