Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art One of these blissful spots of calm and solitude can be found at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the museum features terraced meditation gardens and a lotus and fish pond gracing the grounds of Tibetan-style fieldstone buildings resembling a Himalayan monastery.
Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), created the center to share with the world the artistic and cultural traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas. Starting in the 1920s, Marchais, an American woman, followed her passions and amassed one the nation’s earliest and most extensive collections of high-quality Tibetan art. Museum programs include lectures and workshops, film screenings, musical performances, art exhibitions, and classes in tai-chi, yoga, and meditation.
Originally a housing residence for retired seaman, Snug Harbor is an 83-acre National Historic Landmark District whose grand 19th century buildings house Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a blend of museums such as The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, theaters, and gardens including the Staten Island Botanical Gardens, Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Tuscan Garden, the Connie Gretz Secret Garden.
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