Explore the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art with Executive Director Q&A

Exterior of the Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten IslandA budha sculpture at the Tibetan Art Museum

Explore the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Museum and meet the museum's Executive Director Meg Ventrudo. Insiders will take a guided tour of the Library and Gallery space, hear an introduction about the founder of the Museum, Jacques Marchais, and the learn the history of the museum buildings.  You will get to explore artifacts in the collection that come from Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Northern China, and beyond. Insiders will also get to take part in a Q & A session with Executive Director, Meg Ventrudo.

The Museum was founded by Jacques Marchais, one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the United States, in 1945. Marchais never traveled to Tibet, but acquired items through auctions and estate sales. She would often keep the best pieces for herself and sell other objects in the gallery as a means to continuously build her collection, which eventually grew to over one thousand objects. The collection includes sculpture, ritual objects, musical instruments, thangkas or scroll paintings and furniture. The objects are primarily from Tibet, Nepal, northern China, and Mongolia, and a few items are from Southeast Asia.


If you’re already an Insider, you will be able to register for this tour on this page if you are logged in to your account when registration opens on 1/24 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non-transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member.  Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at [email protected]so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!

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  • Capacity: 40 guests. Spots available on a first come, first serve basis
  • Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Meeting Location: Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Museum, 338 Lighthouse Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306
  • Registration opens Friday, January 24th at 12PM EST
  • Explore artifacts from Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Northern China, and beyond
  • Join a Q & A session with Executive Director, Meg Ventrudo