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Metropolitan Museum “Holiday Mondays” Program Expands to Include Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Next Monday on Holiday Roster is Memorial Day, May 28

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today a major expansion of its popular “Holiday Mondays” program. Henceforth, both of the Museum’s locations—the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens, its northern Manhattan branch dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe—will observe the same Holiday Mondays. The Metropolitan Museum’s main building has followed a regular schedule of Holiday Mondays since October 2004; The Cloisters opened on selected Holiday Mondays beginning in December 2011. The upcoming Holiday Monday schedule is: Memorial Day (May 28), Labor Day (September 3), Columbus Day (October 8), Veterans Day (November 12), and Christmas/New Year’s Week (December 24 and 31). The schedule for spring 2013 is: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21), Presidents’ Day (February 18), Spring Break Holiday Mondays (March 25 and April 1), and Memorial Day (May 27).

“We are delighted to announce this significant and important expansion of Met Holiday Mondays. Our special Monday openings have been very well-received by the public: more than 100,000 people have visited the Museum’s main building on a Met Holiday Monday, indicating both an interest in and a need for these added open days,” said Emily K. Rafferty, President of the Museum. “In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of The Cloisters in spring 2013, we hope museumgoers will mark these days on their calendars, and will include the Met—and now The Cloisters as well—in their holiday plans, in all seasons.”

What to See on Memorial Day, May 28
The Cloisters museum and gardens displays masterpieces of the Museum’s renowned collection of medieval art, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, and hundreds of examples of exquisite stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and paintings, all in the magnificent architectural setting along the Hudson River that evokes the Middle Ages. Plants known from medieval manuscripts and art are a special highlight of the gardens. The Cloisters museum and gardens is located in Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan.

In the Metropolitan’s main building, at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, visitors will enjoy a variety of exhibitions, including the newly opened Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (on view through August 19) and Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City (through November 4); The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde (on view through June 3); and Byzantium and Islam (through July 8).

Charles H. Tally Holiday Monday Family Programs specially organized for Memorial Day include discussion and sketching activities that will be available for families with children ages 5 through 12 at 11 a.m., noon, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m. These programs are free with Museum admission.

A complete listing of programs and activities to be held at both the Metropolitan Museum’s main building and The Cloisters can be found on the Metropolitan Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Made possible by Amazon. Additional support provided by Condé Nast. Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Made possible by Bloomberg. Additional support provided by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky. Also made possible in part by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation and Eugenio Lopez. The Steins Collect: Made possible by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and the Janice H. Levin Fund. Additional support provided by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Byzantium and Islam: Major support provided by Mary and Michael Jaharis, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and The Hagop Kevorkian Fund. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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May 18, 2012

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