Monday, March 25, and Monday, April 1, are the next two holidays in the popular series of Met Holidays Mondays—extra public viewing days at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters museum and gardens, which historically have been closed on Mondays. For many schools, March 25 and April 1 coincide with spring break.
Metropolitan Museum President Emily K. Rafferty commented: “This spring, when parents with children, older students, and teachers are planning special activities for their days off from school, we hope they will remember to visit the Met, where there is always something new to see, or The Cloisters—which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year—where splendid outdoor spaces provide an excellent counterpoint to spectacular examples of medieval art.”
What to See on March 25 and April 1
In the Metropolitan Museum’s main building, at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, special exhibitions that will be available for viewing include: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, a revealing look—through some 80 paintings shown alongside period costumes, accessories, photographs, and prints—at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries (on view through May 27); Birds in the Art of Japan, a presentation of some 150 works in various media from medieval times to the present in which Japanese artists depict birds of every variety (through July 28); and Street, an exhibition of 77 works from the Museum’s collection centered around the recently acquired 61-minute high-definition video of the same name by James Nares, which is being shown continuously (through May 27).
At The Cloisters museum and gardens, visitors will find masterpieces of the Museum’s renowned collection of medieval art, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, and hundreds of examples of exquisite stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and paintings, all in a magnificent architectural setting along the Hudson River that evokes the Middle Ages. In addition, spring bulbs such as crocus, hyacinths, and narcissus forced into early bloom may be seen indoors. The Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan.
Related Programs and Amenities
In the Metropolitan’s main building, Charles H. Tally Holiday Monday Family Programs specially organized for March 25 and April 1 include discussion and sketching activities for families with children ages 5 through 12 at 11 a.m., noon, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m. These programs are free with Museum admission.
Selected galleries featuring the Museum’s permanent collection will also be open. Family greeters will be present in the Museum's Great Hall to direct visitors to areas of particular interest.
Museum cafés and restaurants and several of the Museum gift shops in the main building, as well as the gift shop at The Cloisters, will be open.
Upcoming Holiday Mondays
The Museum’s main building and The Cloisters will also be open Memorial Day (May 27).
A different selection of galleries and exhibitions will be open each Holiday Monday.
Impressionism, Fashion, Modernity: Made possible in part by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Janice H. Levin Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by Renée Belfer. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Birds in the Art of Japan: Made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation.
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March 19, 2013