Tibet House – 22 W. 15th St
Opened in 1987 at the direct request of the Dalai Lama, Tibet House is a major effort at the preservation of Tibet’s colorful spirituality, culture, history and tradition. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949, the country’s unique and colorful cultural history was threatened, and in response, the Tibet House was opened as a way to preserve this history and create a place for people to appreciate and learn about Tibetan and Buddhist religion, art and philosophy. There are over 800 pieces in the house’s permanent collection, including classic Buddhist art as well as more recent, contemporary art. The small museum houses a number of gallery rooms as well as a library of books and recordings that are relevant to Tibet’s rich culture and history and Buddhist religion. Some notable displays at Tibet House include beautiful, detailed fabric paintings and scrolls, as well as an elaborate shrine. Contemporary exhibits host modern artists and discuss modern topics, and there are classes and lectures offered to the public covering topics from Buddhism, to Tibetan history and culture. Tibet House transports guests to another world of spirituality and mindfulness, with a calming aesthetic and beautiful, colorful artistry.