The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was designed, built and founded by Jacques Marchais, a visionary American woman who was an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan Art. Its complex of buildings and gardens resemble a Tibetan mountain monastery and represent the first Himalayan style architecture built in the United States. The museum is the realization of Marchais’ dream to provide a peaceful retreat where the public could study the art and culture of Tibet.
This intimate museum features terraced sculpture gardens, a waterlily and carp pond and a far view of Hudson Bay that make for a serene setting in which to study the small but excellent collection. Objects on display are mostly Tibetan Buddhist in origin, though there are also items dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries from Nepal, India, Japan and Thailand. The collection is rich in metal figures of deities and lamas, as well as thangka or religious paintings. There are examples of jeweled metalwork, silver ceremonial implements, jewelry, dances masks and imperial Chinese cloisonné objects. Established in 1945, the museum exhibits works from its collection, which has been visited and blessed by the 14th Dalai Lama, and regularly offers new and innovative exhibits.
Currently on view are selected objects from the museum’s collection and Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion featuring portraits of contemporary Tibetans by the renowned photographer Phil Borges as well as family-friendly interactive displays illustrating aspects of Tibetan culture.
Programs for Seniors
Slide presentations and objects from the museum collection can be included in programs at senior centers.
Please visit the Museum's website at www.tibetanmuseum.org for a list of upcoming events.
The museum's educational programs introduce students to Tibetan geography and culture and help foster concepts of cultural diversity. Programs take place in the sculpture garden and the main gallery building, allowing students to be in close contact with the collection. An interactive lesson based on the exhibition of statues, paintings, masks and ritual objects is followed by an art project such as mask-making, jewelry-making or a sand-mandala workshop. For high school students, a lesson is available that complements the global studies cirriculum. A teacher guide, complete with activity sheets, a glossary of Tibetan terms, a map and activities for pre- and post-visit lesson plans, is sent upon receipt of a paid reservation.