A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters is located at the far northern tip of Manhattan. Consisting of a focused collection of medieval European art, it is located in a building that incorporates elements of French medieval cloisters. The space includes an enclosed garden with horticulture grown according to that period.
The museum has access to thousands of works of medieval art, thanks to its affiliation with the Met. Some highlights include an early 9th century plaque with St. John the Evangelist, a stained glass dating from 1175 to 1180 of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence, a mid-13th century tomb effigy of Jean d’Alluye, and Jean Pucelle’s 1324 to 1328 manuscript The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux.
Cloisters Museum and Gardens Information
- Public Transportation: Good (A Train to 190th St., then a short walk or M4 bus; M4 bus also goes door-to-door from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Cloisters)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Limited
- Hours: March–October Tuesday–Sunday 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.; Novem-ber–February Tuesday–Sunday 9:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; closed Monday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
- Admission: $20, seniors (65+) $15, students $10, members free, children under 12 accompanied by an adult free. Note: Anyone paying admission to either the Met or the Cloisters gets same-day admission to both; hang on to your admission button
- Tours: Free garden tours are offered every Tuesday–Sunday at 1 p.m. from May–October
- Membership: See Metropolitan Museum of Art.