Rubin Museum of Art

Top choice gallery in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

The Rubin is the first museum in the Western world to dedicate itself to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Its impressive collections include embroidered textiles from China, metal sculptures from Tibet, Pakistani stone sculptures and intricate Bhutanese paintings, as well as ritual objects and dance masks from various Tibetan regions, spanning from the 2nd to the 19th centuries.

Rotating exhibitions have included the enlightening ‘Red Book of CJ Jung’ and ‘Victorious Ones,’ which comprised sculptures and paintings of Jinas, the founding teachers of Jainism. The Cafe Serai serves traditional Himalayan foods and features live music on Wednesday nights, from 6pm onward. Later in the week, the cafe transforms into the K2 Lounge, where you can sip wine and martinis after visiting the galleries on free Friday evenings.