Staten Island Day Trip

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Attraction | 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY; (718) 987-3500

Photo by Rich in Kensington

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

From the day trip trip Spend a Zen Day on Staten Island

Another random Asian attraction to find a permanent home in Staten Island, this austere stone-clad museum opened at the top of a leafy suburban enclave in 1947. Built by an American collector to house her assortment of Himalayan artifacts, it's an undeniably serene spot with colorful prayer flags rustling in the breeze and a terraced meditation courtyard presided over by a 14th-century Buddha statue. The collection is isn't exactly mindblowing (Chelsea's newer Rubin Museum of Art is much better), but the fact that this homage to a Tibetan monastery exists here at all makes it worth visiting just once, for bragging rights alone. $5;


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