The Cloisters – New York

The Cloisters – New York

A branch museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, The Cloisters is set within the leafy confines of Fort Tyron Park overlooking the Hudson River in far Northern Manhattan. Complete with a collection of two thousand objects consisting of paintings, sculpture, icons, religious artifacts and ritual objects displayed in galleries that integrate monumental European architectural elements from five religious abbeys or cloisters dating from the twelfth through fifteenth centuries, all surrounding peaceful Medieval specimen gardens, a trip to the museum authentically transports the visitor back in time to the Middle Ages.

Opened in 1938, it was through the generosity of John D. Rockefeller that The Cloisters came into being, not only through his acquisition of the land and structures but through his donation of many of the finest works of art in the permanent collection including the museum’s most iconic holding, “The Unicorn Tapestries.” Luxuriously woven in the Netherlands of fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, vividly depicting scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn, these seven individual hangings dating to approximately 1500 are among the most beautiful and complex works of art known to survive from the late Middle Ages.

Among the museum’s other acclaimed masterpieces are a richly carved, twelfth-century, “Ivory Cross” attributed to the English abbey of Bury Saint Edmunds, a, “Stone Virgin,” dating to the mid-thirteenth century from the choir screen of Strasbourg Cathedral in France, the Austrian, “Ebreichsdorf Castle Chapel Stained-Glass Windows,” from 1390, “The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry,” an early fifteenth-century French illuminated manuscript and the, “Merode Triptych,” representing the Annunciation, by the workshop of the fifteenth-century Netherlandish master Robert Campin. Notable works of architecture include the mid-twelfth century, French, “Cuixà Cloister” and adjacent “Chapter House” and the early thirteenth century, “Fuentidueña Apse,” from a chapel in the province of Segovia, Spain, each painstakingly disassembled in Europe then reassembled in New York, brick-by-brick.

The museum also houses a café and library, presents lectures and seminars, hosts unique temporary exhibitions and offers spectacular views from its hilltop location, particularly during autumn when the parkland across the Hudson on the cliffs of New Jersey comes alive in a dazzling display of blazing fall foliage. Truly one of New York’s most singular artistic attractions and well worth a trip.

"Unicorn in Captivity" (1500) - South Netherlandish Tapestry

“Unicorn in Captivity” (1500) – South Netherlandish Tapestry

Official Museum Site


The Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive

Fort Tyron Park

New York, New York 10040

(212) 923-3700


Current Exhibitions:

There are currently no special exhibitions.


Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • “Unicorn Tapestries” (1495-1505) Netherlands

  • “Bury Saint Edmunds Ivory Cross” (Twelfth Century) England

  • “Cuixà Cloister” (Twelfth Century) France

  • “Strasbourg Stone Virgin” (Thirteenth Century) France

  •  “Fuentidueña Apse” (Thirteenth Century) Spain

  • “Ebreichsdorf Castle Chapel Stained-Glass Windows” (1390) Austria

  • “The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry Illuminated Manuscript” (Fifteenth Century) France

  • “Merode Triptych,” (Fifteenth Century) Netherlands


Visiting Hours:

Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1 and the first Monday in May.



$25 recommended for an adult ticket.

$17 recommended for a senior ticket (65 and over).

$12 recommended for a student ticket (25 and under).

Free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

Fee includes access to the permanent collection and all exhibitions as well as same day admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Purchasing tickets online requires that you pay the full suggested price plus a per ticket service charge.

To pay less than the recommended admission price which you are perfectly entitled to do, purchase your ticket at the museum box office.

To help cover the costs of exhibitions and operations, the museum respectfully requests that visitors pay the full recommended amount.


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