Jacques Marchais Museum Of Tibetan Art

338 Lighthouse Avenue

Mission and Vision

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art’s mission is to present the art, culture and history of Tibet to a world audience in order to educate and inspire appreciation of Himalayan cultures and to foster better global understanding. The founder, Jacques Marchais (1887-1948) intended the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, established in 1945, to serve as a bridge between Tibetan art and culture and the world.

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art preserves its unique collection of rare and sacred artifacts and provides careful stewardship of its historic buildings and gardens. In addition to presenting Jacques Marchais’ history, it is the intention of the museum to give visitors an understanding of Tibet and the Himalayan region. This “Jewel on a Hillside” replicates the monasteries of Tibet while it contains the unique artifacts that reflect the art, history, culture, and religious articles that have been destroyed in their homeland. This singular place in the USA preserves site and artifacts in memory of the founder and as a collection held in a contextual setting.


John Blood

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Very small and unique museum with a beautiful hillside terrace setting--great panoramic views. Parking is limited to only a few spots directly in front. If travelling to SI, combine your visit with nearby Richmond Town.

Ladi Dre

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
I was very disappointed. I have been dying to go here for a year, but they have very limited hours. $6/person to get in. No parking. 1 SMALL room of artifacts and a "garden". Its winter, so the garden was obviously dead. At the time I went they had an affair of some sort going on. The room reeked of onions, from the food. While attempting to take in the small room a lady was talking about getting their meeting started ... obviously high tailed it out of there cause AWKWARD... No reason to go back.

Windy Nicely

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017
Drove a distance to get there. Arrived within museum hours and all of the entrance doors were locked. Fantastic way to waist your time. I'd try the Rubin or The Staint George Museum at Snug Harbor.

Francoise Marga

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Tibetan music today! Great exchange between the public and the artists. Learn a lot about the 3 provinces, the costumes eery the different instruments. The outside garden is a very relaxing place.

Mark Garcia

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Beautiful grounds, awesome halloween parties ... ! :)

Recent News

Exhibition - Fearsome Gazes: Wrathful Deities from the Collection of Jacques Marchais

In English, the word “wrath” connotes a fierce, often vengeful, anger. While it can be awe-inspiring, wrath is often seen as a negative in human beings. But what about Buddhist deities? The figures presented in this exhibition all fall under the …

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