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Cloisters, The

Fort Tryon Park
New York, New York

Phone: 212-923-3700 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the architecture and art of medieval Europe, is located on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River.

Highlights & Collections:

Opened in 1938, this modern structure built in medieval style incorporates chapels, sections of monastic cloisters, a chapter house, and other architectural elements, both religious and secular, dating from the 12th through the 15th centuries. Among its other highlights are three beautiful flower and herb gardens, with more than 250 species of plants grown in the Middle Ages.

Permanent collection on display. One can view extraordinary medieval sculpture, the famed Unicorn Tapestries; the Annunciation Triptych by Robert Campin; finely illuminated manuscripts such as the Belles Heures of Jean, Duke fo Berry; spendid goldsmiths' work including the painted enamel, silver, and silver gilt 'Ape Beaker';brilliant jewl-like stained glass; and one of the earliest known complete sets of playing cards (ca. 1470-85)

Exhibits & Special Events:


Admission & Directions:

Subway: Eighth Avenue A train to 190th street, exit station by elevator and follow Margaret Corbin Drive or take M4 bus one stop to museum.

Bus: M4 (Ft. Tryon Park -The Cloisters)to the last stop.

Car: Henry Hudson Parkway north to first exit after George Washington bridge (Ft. Tryon Park)



Key Personnel:

Philippe De Montebello, Director
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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