The Tibetan Museum has been on Staten Island since its establishment in 1945. Featuring talks by traveling Buddhist monks, meditation sessions open to the public, Tai Chi classes, exhibits of Tibetan art and thankas, along with many other exhibits and a vast library of old Tibetan literary works, this museum is definitely a great and interesting place to visit for adults and children alike. Even the grounds are beautiful, with a Buddhist garden, terraces overlooking the cliffs into which the museum is built, where beautiful vistas of Staten Island are visible, along with seats where you can sit and chat while looking out over Staten Island.
From their website: “Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture be built in the United States, and it was the first Museum world devoted solely to Tibetan art.”
Visit their calendar of events page for more details on upcoming events, and the museum is open to the public every Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5pm.