The Roerich Museum: A Hidden Gem

In today’s post, I hope to reveal to you one of the seemingly countless gems hidden in New York City: the Nicholas Roerich Museum, located in the Upper West Side at 319 West 107th Street (Between Riverside Drive and West End Ave).  Tucked away in a beautiful, unassuming brownstone, the Roerich Museum is a small but delightful museum that showcases an absolutely beautiful collection of Himalayan Art.  If you’re looking for a new museum to visit, especially one that’s off the beaten path of tourist attractions in the city, the Roerich is the perfect place to drop by.

Photo by: Guy Dickinson.  “Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City.”  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfhdickinson/4002245707/.

Upon entering the Museum (which would be easy to walk by if you’re not looking for it!) you may at first feel as though you’ve accidentally stumbled into the home of a wealthy art collector.  With its austere architecture and cream colored walls displaying hundreds of paintings and artifacts, this little museum is packed to the brim with breathtaking artwork.  And miraculously, despite its tiny dimensions, the Museum never feels cramped or claustrophobic. Instead, I found the space to be beautifully arranged, and navigating through the Museum is as zen a process as looking at the Himalayan Art on display.

Photo by: Greg Kuchmek.  "Nicholas Roerich museum, NYC." http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1rtm51GuvCHC6mcUVsXSJw

Nicholas Roerich was a prolific Russian-born artist, and from visiting the Museum, it’s easy to appreciate his artistic talent, as well as the inspirations he drew from the natural world.  Below is an image of one of my favorite paintings in the collection.  I feel “Krishna” adequately expresses the tranquility that both the museum and its collection exude.

From the Nicholas Roerich Collection. 

Krishna. From “Kulu” series. 1929 . Tempera on canvas. 74 x 118 cm

http://roerich.org/images/paintings/1800/700066_112.jpg

So if you’re looking to spend an afternoon in quiet reflection (amongst the backdrop of some gorgeous art work), I highly recommend checking out the Roerich Museum.

The Roerich Museum is open Tuesdays thru Sundays from 2 to 5 PM.  More information about the Museum and Nicholas Roerich can be found by visiting their website.