|MetFridays—”New York’s Night Out”—Expands to
The Met Cloisters through Labor Day
All Three Met Locations to Offer Late Friday Hours This Summer
|The Met Cloisters—the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages—will be open for extended hours on Friday evenings this summer. From May 27 through September 2, the closing time on Fridays will be 7:30 p.m. (The regular summer daily closing time of 5:15 p.m. will be observed on all other days of the week.) The Met Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park in the Hudson Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood neighborhoods of northern Manhattan.
Extended Summer Hours at The Met Cloisters are made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
“The longer days of summer provide a perfect opportunity for us to offer additional public hours at The Met Cloisters, as part of our MetFridays initiative,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Museum. “We hope that our summer visitors to all three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters—will linger on Fridays to experience our unparalleled collection and special MetFridays programs. Spending a Friday evening at The Met Cloisters this summer will have the added benefits of enabling our visitors to discover the evocative setting, beautiful gardens, and unforgettable views in—literally—a new light.”
The Collection and Gardens at The Met Cloisters
The collection at The Met Cloisters spans the Romanesque through Late Gothic periods (12th to early 16th century). Among its highlights are the beloved Unicorn Tapestries; beautifully illustrated manuscripts such as the prayerbook of Jeanne d’Evreux, Queen of France, and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry, one of the greatest art patrons of the Middle Ages; the Annunciation Triptych (also known as the Mérode Altarpiece) by the workshop of Robert Campin; numerous examples of fine goldsmith work and other luxury arts; the largest assembly of medieval stained glass outside of Europe; and devotional sculpture of great artistry.
The design and plantings of the three cloistered gardens—from which The Met Cloisters gets its name—are based on horticultural texts and illustrations from the Middle Ages. From the gardens, visitors enjoy scenic views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and Palisades.
Programs and Amenities
A series of education programs, ranging from falconry to wine tasting, will be offered on the last Friday of each month this summer. More information about the programs can be found at www.metmuseum.org.
On Fridays this summer, light fare and beverages will be available for purchase in the Museum’s Trie Café until 7 p.m.
The extended public hours will be in effect on the following Fridays: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, and 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; August 5, 12, 19, and 26; and September 2.
MetFridays programming is taking place at all three of the Museum’s locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—this summer. A listing of what’s happening at The Met each Friday evening is available on the MetFridays webpage on the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org/metfridays.