Cloisters Museum & Gardens

Cloisters Museum & Gardens information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
Fort Tryon Park
Getting there
Subway: A to 190th St
More information
www.metmuseum.org/cloisters
Prices
suggested donation adult/child $25/free
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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On a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters is a curious architectural jigsaw, its many parts made up of various European monasteries and other historic buildings. Built in the 1930s to house the Metropolitan Museum’s medieval treasures, its frescoes, tapestries and paintings are set in galleries that sit around a romantic courtyard, connected by grand archways and topped with Moorish terra-cotta roofs. Among its many rare treasures is the the beguiling 16th-century tapestry series The Hunt of the Unicorn .

Also worth seeking out is the remarkably well-preserved 15th-century Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece). Then there’s the stunning 12th-century Saint-Guilhem cloister and the Bonnefant cloister, the latter featuring plants used in medieval medicine, magic, ceremony and the arts.