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Are you searching to find the perfect holiday or New Year’s gift? This winter, give someone special a membership to an oasis of calm amid the chaos of New York City, a place where they can expand their mind, explore sacred spaces, and connect with others.

A membership to the Rubin Museum is valuable long past the holiday season, with yearlong access to special exhibitions, benefits, and more. Purchase a gift membership now or read on to explore 5 reasons why a gift membership is the perfect match for your inspiration-seeking loved one!

1. Members get free access to the Museum—for two

Members can visit the Rubin Museum for free, discovering art from regions across Asia, from centuries past to the present day. As they unpack the ideas and philosophies in Himalayan art, Rubin visitors become equipped to face their own lives with a fresh perspective and new inspiration. And because members get free admission for two, they can share this experience with a friend or loved one every time they visit the Rubin.

A favorite spot for members is our Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, a focal point of the Museum that transports the viewer into a traditional Tibetan household shrine.

2. Museum Membership provides refuge from the chaos of New York

Give the gift of a calm, renewed mind this winter. Free weekly meditation classes, included with any membership, provide visitors with a refuge from the world around them, as well as the tools to engage with it more consciously. Designed to fit into a lunch break, each session is led by an expert teacher and inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

In addition, our ART+PRACTICE membership grants two free tickets to a select wellness program.

3. Members get discounts on unique programs and experiences to feed curious minds

The Museum’s guest speakers and performers are hand-picked to pique visitors’ curiosity and expand their minds. In 2019 our spring conversation series, Brainwave, delves into dynamic power relationships at work, at home, and society at large.

If music is more your loved one’s taste, they can enjoy the Naked Soul series in the New Year, featuring intimate, acoustic performances from remarkable singers on select Friday evenings. The music in these shows draws upon the universal themes of the Himalayan art in our galleries—like compassion and the fleeting beauty of life.

Members get a 20% discount on all programs, and with our ART+WISDOM membership, members also receive free tickets for two to a select onstage conversation.

4. Membership brings you into a community of mindful, lifelong learners

Throughout the year the Rubin is a place to gather, relax, eat and drink, learn, and connect with others in our community. For many members, the Museum is a home away from home.

We celebrate this community at our Annual Members Reception, an elegant evening where guests have the opportunity to mingle with others who help make the Rubin possible while enjoying live music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.

Looking for more connection? Our ART+WISDOM membership includes regular meetups with other members of the Rubin community in Café Serai. With our ART+ABUNDANCE membership, you can also join private Shrine Room hours when the Museum is closed to the general public.

5. Membership helps keep our mission alive

At the Rubin Museum, we strive to create an environment that stimulates learning, promotes empathy and understanding of others, and inspires personal connections. A gift membership helps us achieve this mission, and invites your loved one to be an essential part of our community.

With a variety of membership levels, there’s a perfect experience for every person in your life. Join us this year at the Rubin.