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The MET Cloisters

The MET Cloisters is a separate museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Upper Manhattan, New York City. The Cloisters specialises in European medieval architecture, sculpture and arts, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture. It contains an extensive collection of medieval art-works shown in architectural settings sourced from French monasteries and abbeys. Its buildings are centred around four cloisters which were dismantled in Europe between 1934 and 1939 and relocated to New York. They became part of the Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters collection and were reconstructed into the design of this museum built into a hill, comprises upper and lower levels. The plan, layout and ambience of the building are intended to evoke  a sense of the religious and monastic life of medieval European

The Cloisters contains medieval gardens and a series of chapels and period rooms and spaces. It holds approximately five thousand works of art and architecture from Europe, mostly dating from the Byzantine to the early Renaissance periods. The museum’s collection includes sculptures, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts and paintings.

For a convenient guide to the essential highlights of the Museum and for detailed insights to help you appreciate the Museum’s many fascinating exhibits explore our “TREASURES of the MET” book.


This “TREASURES of the MET” E-book covers the essential exhibit highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and provides background information to help you to appreciate its many exhibits. This book offers insights to help make the museum’s many wonders more accessible and meaningful.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET is a museum where every visit brings something new. This new book includes over 75 Chapters featuring the Treasures in the MET. Download “TREASURES of the MET” as a PDF E-book that you can use on most digital devices: Personal Computers, Laptops, iPads, Tablets and Mobile Devices. Or if you prefer, you can easily print our E-Books, to create your own hard-copy paper book.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art is organised into departments and this book is similarly organised into parts to reflect the departments of the MET. This book is organised as follows:

  • Introduction to the MET
  • European Paintings
  • Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
  • Asian Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
  • American Wing
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Drawings and Prints
  • Costume Institute
  • Arms and Armor
  • Medieval Art
  • The Cloisters Museum
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Photographs
  • Met Breuer
  • Musical Instruments




“The modern world thinks of art as very important: something close to the meaning of life.” Alain de Botton


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