Village, Chelsea, Flatiron Districts

CommunityWalk Map - Museums of Chelsea, Flatiron and the VillageMuseums Visited in Chelsea, Flatiron District and Greenwich Village:
Art Museums
Considered the premier museum of Tibetan art in the Western world, this is also the largest of the four Tibetan museums in New York City.  The Rubin is a huge five floor museum dedicated to ancient and modern art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions, featuring a staggering collection of alters, paintings, rugs, tapestries, statues, books and scrolls.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 8, Paul: 7 (out of 10).

International Print Center New York (ICPNY)
The first and only non-profit institution devoted solely to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints. In four exhibitions per year, IPCNY presents a selection of new prints made within the past twelve months, from emerging to established artists.  The museum is a small one room space tucked between art galleries in the Chelsea art district.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 4, Paul: 6 (out of 10).

Design Museums:
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Museum of fashion covering historical and modern trends in clothing, accessory and fabric design, founded in 1969 as part of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The permanent collection encompasses 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present, featuring important designers such as Adrian, Balenciaga, Chanel and Dior, with an emphasis on contemporary avant-garde fashion.  The museum has three galleries: the lower level is devoted to special exhibitions on particular designers or trends, the main floor focuses on the history of fashion over the last 250 years; and the Gallery FIT is dedicated to student and faculty exhibitions. Exhibits are changed every six months.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 8, Paul: 6 (out of 10).
Ethnic Museums:
Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York
Series of galleries in and around the lobby of the Hebrew Union College, the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and an academic center of Reform Judaism.  The museum is affiliated with the Skirball Museums in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem and has an active traveling program.  Exhibits feature prominent contemporary Jewish artists exploring themes of Jewish identity, history and culture.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 6, Paul: 7 (out of 10).
Ukranian Museum
Largest museum in the U.S. committed to the rich cultural heritage of Ukrainians.  Exhibits focus on Ukranian folk art, fine art from Ukranian artists, and Ukranian history.   The museum also hosts courses and workshops on traditional Ukranian crafts. 
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 6, Paul: 6 (out of 10). 
Center for Jewish History 
Home of 5 Jewish archival and cultural institutions: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Yeshiva University Museum (the latter maintains an independent museum space, see below). The center is organized in four galleries grouped around a two floor exhibit hall, and features both artistic and historical exhibits.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 4, Paul: 6 (out of 10).

Yeshiva University Museum
One of 5 institutions within the Center for Jewish History (see entry above).  Its primary focus is the interpretation of Jewish history from a multi-disciplinary perspective.  Two types of exhibitions are shown concurrently: one examines a Jewish community or historic event; the other features a contemporary artist in residence, working in Jewish themes.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 5, Paul: 5 (out of 10).
Tibetan cultural center and outreach house founded by the Dalai Lama.  The space has small rotating art exhibits, but largely focuses on Buddhist meditation groups and informational lectures about Tibet.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 2, Paul: 5 (out of 10).

History/Historic Building:
Merchant's House Museum
Built in 1832, this house is New York City's only 19th-century home preserved intact with the family's original furnishings and personal belongings.  A detailed read-along tour on 3 floors of the house provides a glimpse into the 19th century life of this affluent merchant family.
   Museum Rating: Pauline: 7, Paul: 6 (out of 10).

Museum List of
Chelsea, Flatiron, Village
Type      Cost       Pauline's 
AIA Center for Architecture Architecture Free - -
Chelsea Art Museum Art $8 - -
Cooper Union Art Free - -
Forbes Galleries Art Free - -
Grey Art Gallery Art $3 - -
Eyebeam Atelier Art - Contemporary ? - -
Flag Art Foundation      Art - Contemporary      Free - -
International Print Center New York           Art - Prints Free 4 6
Chaim Gross Studio Museum Art - Sculpture Free - -
Rubin Museum of Art* Art - Tibetan $10 8*        7*      
Center for Book Arts Books/Manuscripts Free - -
AIGA National Design Center Design ? - -
Museum at FIT Design - Fashion Free 8 6
Center for Jewish History Ethnic - Jewish Free 4 6
Jewish Institute of Religion Museum Ethnic - Jewish Free 6 7
Yeshiva University Museum Ethnic - Jewish $8 5 5
Tibet House Ethnic - Tibetan $5 2 5
Ukrainian Museum Ethnic - Ukrainian $8 6 6
Merchant's House Museum Historic Building $10 7 6
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Historic Building Free - -
Museum of the American Gangster History $15 - -
Ground Zero Museum Workshop History $27 - -
Museum of Sex Pop culture $16.75+ - -
 + indicates additional charge for tax

*Award for Best Museum in Chelsea, Flatiron District and the Village: 
Rubin Museum of Art