The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park 
New York, NY 10040 
(212) 923-3700 • (212) 650-2280 Groups

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A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. 

The Museum building itself incorporates portions of original medieval chapels, monastic cloisters, a chapter house, and other architectural elements dating from the 12th through 15th centuries. A tour of this place truly imparts a feeling of being in another time. 

The Cloisters Collection includes the Unicorn Tapestries, frescoes, stained glass, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, and panel paintings. More than two hundred species of plants grown in the Middle Ages will be found in the flower and herb gardens

Throughout the year individuals and families can enjoy many special events and tours, as well as a variety of other activities that focus on the art, history and culture of the Middle Ages -- a very interesting time indeed. 

Group Tours, for elementary grades through adult, are interesting and educational, supplementing classroom education in art, architecture, and medieval history. 

School Programs include, among others:

  • A Medieval Bestiary (grades 1 - 3): students search for animals, real and imaginary, in this program that enlivens legends by portraying beasts in a variety of media
  • Walls (4 - 8): focuses on Medieval architecture, monumental painting, sculpture and tapestry. Students build arches with blocks to demonstrate basic medieval building principles
  • The Age of Chivalry (6 - 8): a same-day program encompassing an introductory session at the Cloisters focusing on knightly heroes and continues to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Arms and Armor Galleries.
  • Guided Gallery Lectures (9 - 12): can focus on a variety of themes chosen by the teacher, including theological and cultural issues, or the relationship of medieval art to literary themes.

Many other programs are available for all grade levels as well as for adult tour groups. 

A group consists of 10 to 30 people.

Hours: Open Sunday thru Thursday 10am - 5:30pm, Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm. Galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing. Closed the 1st Monday in May, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Call to confirm.
Adults $25.00
Seniors $17.00
Students $12.00
Price includes same day visits to both the Cloisters and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Self-Guided Visit
Adults $16.00
Seniors $12.00
NYC School Groups grades 1 - 12 FREE
Non-NYC Schools (1 - 12) $8/student

Audio Guide players are available for an additional fee and must be reserved in advance.

Guided Tours
Adults $21.00
Seniors $16.00
NYC School Groups grades 1 - 12 FREE
Non-NYC Schools (1 - 12) $10/student
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Surrounding park.  
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: From George Washington Bridge, north on Fort Washington Ave. to end, or Broadway to W. 187th St. West on 187th to Fort Washington, turn right and proceed to Museum. 

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