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The Cloisters
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The Cloisters
museum in New York City part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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If you thought the Metropolitan Museum of Art wasn’t big enough already, then you might wanna check out The Cloisters.

The Cloisters make up a whole other branch of the already sprawling Met! Inaugurated to the public in 1938, it occupies a four-acre plot in Fort Tryon Park that overlooks the Hudson River.

The building is fashioned along the lines of medieval cloisters in Europe, giving it a church-like appearance. Having said that, some of the buildings incorporated into the lovely Cloisters are relatively new. But they've been melded into the rest of the space without creating an architectural hodgepodge.

Two thousand artworks reside in the Cloisters, featuring the famous Merode Altarpiece and then other medieval to Early Renaissance works of metal, ivory, stained glass, enamel and even tapestries. And of course, there are some pleasant strolls to be taken in the gardens- some of which are actual herb gardens!

So fair gentlefolk, don your finest Renaissance attire, and get ye to The Cloisters!

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Here is what Wikipedia says about The Cloisters

The Cloisters museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, specializes in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it contains a large collection of medieval artworks shown in the architectural settings of French monasteries and abbeys. Its buildings are centered around four cloisters—the Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem, Bonnefont and Trie—which were purchased by American sculptor and art dealer George Grey Barnard, dismantled in Europe between 1934 and 1939, and moved to New York. They were acquired for the museum by financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Other major sources of objects were the collections of J. P. Morgan and Joseph Brummer.

The museum's building was designed by the architect Charles Collens, on a site on a steep hill, with upper and lower levels. It contains medieval gardens and a series of chapels and themed galleries, including the Romanesque, Fuentidueña, Unicorn, Spanish and Gothic rooms. The design, layout, and ambiance of the building is intended to evoke a sense of medieval European monastic life.

It holds about 5,000 works of art and architecture, all European and mostly dating from the Byzantine to the early Renaissance periods, mainly during the 12th through 15th centuries. The varied objects include stone and wood sculptures, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts and panel paintings, of which the best known include the c. 1422 Early Netherlandish Mérode Altarpiece and the c. 1495–1505 Flemish Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries.

Rockefeller purchased the museum site in Washington Heights in 1930, and donated it and the Bayard collection to the Metropolitan in 1931. Upon its opening on May 10, 1938, the Cloisters was described as a collection "shown informally in a picturesque setting, which stimulates imagination and creates a receptive mood for enjoyment".

Check out the full Wikipedia article about The Cloisters.