The Costume Institute
The Costume Institute’s collection of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the 15th century to the present.
Gardens at The Met Cloisters
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While many of the herbs and flowers in the three enclosed gardens at The Met Cloisters are at their peak in late spring and early summer, there are plantings inspired by the Middle Ages to see year-round at this the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe . Located on a hilltop in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, The Met Cloisters enjoys an unparalleled view of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades from several vantage points.
The Met Cloisters: An Overview
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Opened in 1938 as a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met Cloisters is America’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. Including a museum and gardens within a single complex, it picturesquely overlooks the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan and derives its name from the portions of five medieval cloisters incorporated into a modern museum structure. Not replicating any one particular medieval building type or setting, but rather designed to evoke the architecture of the later Middle Ages, The Met Cloisters creates an integrated and harmonious context in which visitors can experience the rich tradition of medieval artistic production, including metalwork, painting, sculpture, and textiles. By definition, a cloister consists of a covered walkway surrounding a large open courtyard that provides access to other monastic buildings. Similarly, the museum’s cloisters act as passageways to galleries; they provide as inviting a place for rest and contemplation for visitors as they often did in their original monastic settings.