Welcome back to the feature where we highlight our staff’s favorite places to explore in the neighborhood we know and love! This time we’re focusing on our local museums. After your next visit to the Studio, consider spending some time exploring other cultures and appreciating beautiful works of art in the neighborhood.
The Rubin Museum features paintings, textiles and statues from the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. The recently expanded Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room is a must-see. The museum’s beautiful interior was designed by Milton Glaser, who also designed the “I Love NY” logo and consulted with Lion Brand on graphic designs for several years. Check out the fantastic gift shop for fine artisanal goods. And be sure to stop by Café Serai – an oasis of calm and quiet where we love to enjoy a pot of tea and beautifully presented healthy food.
150 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Hours: Mon & Thurs 11am-5pm; Wed 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
The Center for Jewish History is a cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. This little-known museum includes free gallery spaces as well as a paid museum covering over 700 years of history. The Center also houses a reading room and a genealogy institute. The museum shop features Jewish gifts, books, and a selection of exceptional greeting cards.
15 West 16th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Hours, Free Gallery Spaces: Mon & Wed 9:30am-8pm; Tues & Thurs 9:30am-5pm; Fri 9:30am-4pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Hours, Yeshiva University Museum Exhibits: Mon 5pm-8pm (free); Tues, Thurs & Sun: 11am-5pm; Wed 11am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm); Fri 11am-2:30pm (free)
The Tibet House US is located just a couple of doors down from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on the second floor. This free museum features Tibetan art and is dedicated to preserving and sharing Tibet’s unique culture. The small, simple, and elegant space includes a meditation room as well as a gift shop. Check out their meditation classes with world-renowned teachers, held at lunchtime and in the evenings.
22 West 15th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm