The Met Cloisters in New York
The Met Cloisters in New York is a museum constructed in the style of a medieval European monastery. Situated in the northernmost tip of Manhattan and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Furthermore, the museum is part of the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. The building alone is worth a visit. Already visited the main New York attractions? Or, are you a big fan of museums? You should certainly consider paying a visit to The Met Cloisters.
The Cloisters Collection
The museum’s primary focus is European medieval art and architecture: the impressive collection comprises almost 5000 works. See sculptures, stained glass, tapestries and much more. The majority of the collection dates from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. The collection, as well as the land on which the museum sits belonged to John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Met Cloisters is not a large museum, in fact, you can see the entire collection in around an hour and a half.
The impressive building that houses this division of The Met seems like it has been here for centuries. In fact, the cloister wasn’t built as such. Rather, it was constructed as a museum in the 1930s. Most noteworthy, the original materials from several different European monasteries were used to piece together this beautiful building.
- Opening hours:
- The museum is open from Thursday to Tuesday
- Closed on Wednesdays
- Location: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park
- Getting there: The Met Cloisters is in Fort Tryon Park, around 30 minutes away by metro from Midtown Manhattan. The A train takes you directly from Times Square to the museum.
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