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Group Visits to The Cloisters

Group Tours at The Cloisters

Group Size

Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 10 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size. Any organization may bring a maximum of three groups or ninety people on a single day. Advance reservations are necessary to facilitate easy entry and comfortable viewing in the galleries. Please note that the Museum reserves the right to turn away unscheduled groups due to overcrowding.


Reservations

Reservations are required for all guided and self-guided group visits to The Cloisters. Please call 212-650-2280 to schedule a group visit at least four weeks in advance. Confirmation will be sent approximately four weeks before the visit.


Elementary and Middle School Guided Gallery Programs

School classes and their teachers are invited to explore The Cloisters with a Museum instructor. Programs are tailored to the age and ability level of each class and are approximately ninety minutes long, unless otherwise indicated. For information about bringing your school group to the Main Building of the Museum, see School Groups.

A Medieval Bestiary (Grades 1–3)
Search for animals—both real and imaginary—in medieval works of art. Popular legends come alive with beasts portrayed in a variety of media and settings. Program length: one hour.

Stories and Legends in Medieval Art (Grades 3–6)
Discover relationships between medieval art and literature by studying images and legends of saints, mythical beasts, biblical heroes, knights, and medieval pilgrims.

Walls (Grades 4–8)
Learn about the art of the Middle Ages by focusing on medieval architecture and architectural decoration—monumental paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and tapestries. The program culminates in building an arch with blocks to demonstrate basic structural principles of medieval architecture.

A Medieval Journey (Grades 4–8)
Explore works of art created for the medieval monastery and castle. Students investigate how works of art reflect the similarities, differences, and relationships between these religious and secular contexts.

The Medieval Artist (Grades 4–8)
Examine the world of the medieval artist by discussing media and techniques used to create such artworks as tapestries, frescoes, stone and wood carvings, metalwork, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts.

The Medieval Court (Grades 5–8)
Enter the world of splendid medieval castles and tournaments! Explore images of knightly heroes and ladies and learn about their legends and heraldic symbols. Marvel at precious gifts of ivory and jewels, as well as the tapestries and metalwork that adorned the great banquet halls.


High School, College, and University Students

Staff-Guided Visits
Teachers may select gallery lectures highlighting the collection or focusing on a particular theme such as art, history, horticulture, literature, or religion. Programs are approximately one hour long.

Self-Guided Visits
Groups may also visit the Museum under the supervision of their own leader. There must be at least one teacher or adult chaperone per ten students. Teachers are strongly encouraged to provide their students with a structured project or lesson plan to follow during their visit. Please note that self-guided groups also require appointments and must give precedence to staff lecturers in the galleries.


Adult Groups and Tourism Professionals

See Group Visits for information about bringing your group to the Main Building of the Museum.

Staff-Guided Tours
One-hour guided gallery tours provide an overview of The Cloisters' collection. A narrower focus on specific works of art or themes can be arranged upon request, as can tours in some foreign languages. Seasonally appropriate discussions of the Museum's gardens are also available.

Self-Guided Visits
Groups may also visit the Museum under the supervision of their own leader. Please note that self-guided groups also require appointments and must give precedence to staff lecturers in the galleries.


Hours

 

Grades 1–8

All Other Groups

Staff-Guided Tours

Monday–Friday: 10:00 or
10:30 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
 

Monday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Self-Guided Visits Monday–Friday: 12:00–
3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Fees and Deposits

Guided groups of fifteen or fewer people pay the minimum deposit as a flat fee. Deposits are payable upon receipt of confirmation letter. Deposits will only be refunded if cancellations are made at least one week prior to appointment.

Deposits are not required for self-guided visits.

New York City School Groups

 

Staff-Guided Tours Self-Guided Visits
Grades 1–12

Fee waived

Fee waived
All Other Groups (College/University) $165 per group $4 per person

 

Non–New York City School Groups

 

Staff-Guided Tours Self-Guided Visits
Grades 1–12

$12 per person
($180 minimum deposit)

$9 per person
College/University

$16 per person
($240 minimum deposit)

$9 per person
Adults

$26 per person
($390 minimum deposit)

$20 per person
Senior Citizens $18 per person
($270 minimum deposit)
$13.50 per person

 


Surcharge for Same-Day Visit to the Main Building and The Cloisters

Note: This surcharge must be paid in advance.

 

Staff-Guided Tours Self-Guided Visits
Grades 1–12

$150 per group

Fee waived
All Other Groups $165 per group Fee waived

Audio Guide

Audio Guide players are available for an additional fee and must be reserved in advance. See The Cloisters Audio Guide or call 212-650-2280 for more information.

Saint-Guilhem Cloister

Now at the Met offers in-depth articles written by curatorial and educational staff celebrating the rich history of The Cloisters museum and gardens.

The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture

Explore the Met's many publications related to The Cloisters museum and gardens.

Titles after 1964 are available in MetPublications.

Additional publications—including correspondence, guidebooks, and more—have been made available by Watson Library as a digital collection.