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Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, A Place That Matters

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave., in the Lighthouse Hill section of Staten Island.

Lighthouse Hill is one of the highest points along the eastern seaboard. This is the lovely spot where, in the 1940s, former actress and successful gallery owner Jacques Marchais built a special home for her very special collection of Tibetan art. In 1948, only months after completing her Center for Tibetan Art, library, and garden, Marchais died.

The endowment left by her husband and the caretaking efforts of family friends and volunteers kept the collection and building sufficiently intact to survive. Now, with a professional staff on board since 2004, it is positioned to thrive. Read a new profile of the museum by Breanne Scanlon on the PlaceExplorer.

The museum hosts exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and more. For information, visit the website.

When you visit, stop by the only house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City, located just around the corner at 48 Manor Ct., erected in 1959 from a prefabricated “kit” manufactured in the Midwest and shipped to its Staten Island owners.