The Cloisters is a unique museum in Washington Heights operated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that houses their collection of medieval European art, architecture, and gardens. Built in the 1930s by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., The Cloisters building is one of the most unique in the City, incorporating pieces of medieval European ruins directly into the structure. In this short video from our friends at Curbed, learn more about the museum and its surrounding park, Fort Tryon.
It’s no stretch to say there’s an actual medieval castle in the five boroughs. The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annex celebrating the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building isn’t just chock-full of art—paintings and icons, sculptures and tapestries—but is also itself a historic work. The Cloisters is made up of actual medieval architecture sourced from French monasteries and abbeys that has been reconstructed in the city. (The architecture of the museum is older than the United States itself.)
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