The Cloisters Museum


By Ashley Rodriguez

The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art displaying medieval art and architecture. It has been open to the public since 1938. Pieces of five separate European monasteries or convents were shipped to the United States and reassembled to create what is currently The Cloisters.

About five thousand medieval works of art are on display at the museum. Displays include sculpted collections from George Grey Barnard, a medieval collector and sculptor himself.

Horticultural manuscripts from medieval times were studied in order to cultivate the gardens filled with various herbs and flowers at The Cloisters. Stained glass windows, woven tapestries, and various works of metal and ivory are on display throughout. The Cloisters is also the home to the only full deck of playing cards from the fifteenth century.

The Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park and is open seven days a week.

Photos by Ashley Rodriguez.

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