Visit the Cloisters Museum and See Medieval Europe Without Leaving New York City
Visiting the Cloisters is so much more than visiting a museum in NYC. It’s like taking a step back in time and place to Europe in the Middle Ages. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this site isn’t just about the art within it’s walls. The building and the gardens themselves set the tone the moment you arrive.
Love stained glass? There’s an entire Glass Gallery exhibit devoted to the stuff providing a lovely setting for the works of art displayed there. You’ll also find examples of it in the stained-glass windows within the Gothic Chapel and the Boppard Room.
If gardens are your passion, the “Bonnefront” Cloister and Garden is home to more than 250 species of herbs that were cultivated during the Middle Ages. The Trie Cloister and Garden also features species planted at that time. The Cuxa Cloister and Garden features a fountain in the center of meandering paths with a variety of plants, both modern and medieval.
If your fancy goes more toward precious metals, a stop at the Treasury is a must. Here you’ll find a variety of objects made from gold and silver, as well as others in silk and ivory, coming from the wealth of the churches at the time.
Centuries of Design
Original architectural elements from medieval churches and monasteries span the centuries and countries of Europe including 12th century Spanish Fuentidueña Chapel, carvings from the French Saint-Guilhem Cloister and the Pontaut Chapter House from a Cistercian abbey in 12th century France. From the Early Gothic Hall dating from the 13th century to the Late Gothic Hall from the 15th century, this place has it all.
Tapestries, a design element used in medieval times as much for warmth as for decoration, are well represented here such as those found in the Nine Heroes Tapestries Room. It’s the Unicorn Tapestries, though, for which the Cloisters are particularly known. Some of the most famous tapestries around the world, these were woven around the year 1500 in Brussels. Featuring the hunt for one of the world’s favorite mythical animals, the gorgeous colors and detailed work draw thousands each year.
Although you will see examples of painting from the medieval period throughout the museum, the Merode Room is one place you’ll want to be sure to stop by. The gallery is created around the Merode Altarpiece, an example of Netherlandish art that is famous throughout the world. It’s complemented by other furnishings from the time that mirror those within the painting.
Plan Your Time Travel Today
Make a plan to go back in time for the day. Visit Medieval Europe at the Cloisters Museum in New York City.
Closed on Mondays
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, New York, 10040
Hours of Operation
Operates daily:10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
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On-line tickets are non-refundable and can be redeemed up to ONE YEAR from date of purchase.
(Please be aware that day trips are NOT valid one year from the date of purchase.)
requiring special assistance such as an ADA-accessible bus is requested
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