High atop Manhattan Island, the Cloisters house the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. Best known for the beautiful tapestries on display, the Cloisters also offer architectural installations and fantastic views of the Hudson River. Join Justin for this special tour of this remarkable institution.

Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park (previously designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as a summer estate), the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters – quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade – and from other monastic sites in southern France. Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals. Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context.

In celebration of the Christmas holidays, the Cloisters will also be decorated with appropriate Medieval ornamentation for the season. Weather permitting, we’ll stroll Fort Tryon Park, the site of an American Revolutionary fort and later the summer estate of newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett. Ask Justin about the owl!

Luncheon is NOT included in the tour. Some may want to make 1:00 PM reservations at Bette Midler’s NEW LEAF CAFÉ, which is located in Fort Tryon Park. T: (212) 568-5323 or Reserve via Open Table Reservations:
Please download, print and mail in your registration form along with payment.
» Download Registration Form
» Download the full Wolfe Walkers brochure including the Registration Form
Date: Sunday December 2, 2012
Time: 9:45 AM  to approximately 12:30 PM
Cost: $ 30 in advance (Includes Guided Tour plus Admissions.) $ 35 on-site, if available
Meet: At the entrance to the Cloisters, which is located inside Fort Tryon Park. Look for the “castle!” We will enter the museum as a group.
Train: A Train to 190th Street and exit the station by elevator. Walk north along Margaret Corbin Drive for approximately ten minutes or transfer to the M4 bus and ride north one stop.
Bus: M4 to The Cloisters. This bus stops at the museum entrance.
Tours operate rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. For more information or to confirm meeting locations please call (212) 223-2777. Please note that tours sometimes run late. While tours are rarely cancelled you can call the number above to confirm, or join our mailing list to keep informed of cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.
Justin Ferate's Tours of the City |
Justin Ferate's Tours of the City    |    (212) 223-2777    |    
Design by Pixel Marsala /