Metropolitan Museum of Art Expand Holiday Mondays Program to Include Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced 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.

Cloisters Museum and Gardens Metropolitan Museum of Art

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).

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

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