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Interview: Inside The New American Wing
Photos of The American Wing
Springtime at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Enlightening Weekend Afternoons
The Art of Film
The World Science Festival

As spring makes way for summer, take pleasure in the gifts of nature at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens and the Main Building. Free tours, talks, and family programs at The Cloisters showcase the flowers, herbs, and other plants carefully cultivated there. If rainstorms (or allergies) drive you inside, there are many works of art with beautifully rendered floral imagery to delight you.

At the Main Building you’ll find depictions of gardens, earthly and celestial, by artists from around the world. American painter John Vanderlyn’s Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles spans an entire circular-shaped gallery. The Astor Court, a Chinese garden modeled on a Ming dynasty scholar’s courtyard, is in bloom year-round. In the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court, designed as a classical French garden, you may see stunning Italian and French sculptures dating from the 17th through the 19th century.

Banner image: The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York.

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Open Late Fridays and Saturdays

Did you know that the Main Building of the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings?

Visit the galleries after work and enjoy a drink and refreshments at the Great Hall Balcony Bar with live classical music in an intimate setting. Or have drinks and light fare at the newly opened American Wing Café.

Audio Guides: $5 after 5:00 p.m.

Take advantage of a special reduced rate of $5 for Audio Guides on Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

See Plan Your Visit for more information about Museum hours and admissions.

The Museum Mile Festival

On Tuesday, June 9, join the annual celebration along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 104th Streets. There will be free music and entertainment. At the Met, selected exhibitions, galleries, and shops will be open until 9:00 p.m.

Met Podcast

Museum curators Morrison Heckscher and Amelia Peck discuss the details of an 18th-century period room furnished with the belongings of the Verplanck family in this podcast episode.

Exhibition-Related Audio Guides

Developed by the Museum’s curators and educators, Audio Guides provide insightful commentary about works of art in the Met’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions, including The New American Wing, The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 and Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance.

For more information, including rental rates, see our Audio Guide page. And don’t forget our special discount—Audio Guides are only $5 after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Become a Member

As a Member of the Met, you will receive free admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, special dining privileges, and discounts at The Met Store.

Associate: $50

Met Net: $60

Individual: $95

Family/Dual: $190

Exact benefits vary by category. Please see Membership for a list of all categories.

Connect with Met Share

Visit Met Share to connect with the Museum and fellow art lovers. Share photos, comment on our YouTube videos, listen to a Met Podcast episode, sign up for a feed, and so much more. See you online!

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The Met Store’s Featured Item

Cloisters Mustard Herb Bracelet

Our charming bracelet is based on the black mustard plants cultivated in the gardens of The Cloisters.
Member Price: $45
Non-Member Price: $50

Members Double Discount Days
From June 16–21, Members enjoy a 20% discount that can be used online or in person. If you are not yet a Member, you may purchase a Membership now.

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Readers explore the role of plants and gardens in medieval life and art, learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar garden plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

Buy Museum Admission Tickets in Advance

Purchase admission tickets and Audio Guides in advance through TicketWeb.

Pick up tickets at the Information Desk in the Great Hall upon arrival.

Interview: Inside The New American Wing

The transformation of The Charles Engelhard Court in The New American Wing has allowed the Museum to better showcase its unparalleled collection of American decorative arts and sculpture. Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about the reordering of the court and the stunning works of art on display.

Stained Glass: Opaque to Opalescent
What few people realize is that the Met has the most comprehensive collection of American stained glass anywhere, and this is showcased in major and monumental windows. The collection ranges from Gothic Revival windows of the 1840s all the way up to Frank Lloyd Wright. Though some have been on view in the courtyard previously, they’re going now displayed in a much better way, better lit. It not only enhances the visitor experience but also allows the visitors to see them more closely to the way they were originally intended to be seen.

Continue reading the interview.

Image: The Charles Engelhard Court in the process of installation in The New American Wing.

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Photos of The American Wing

Use your camera to capture the transformed Charles Engelhard Court and period rooms of The New American Wing. First, if you haven’t already, join the Museum’s Flickr Group. Add your photos to our pool with the tag "american_wing." We will pick one photo to be featured in the August issue of Met News.

For inspiration, see photos submitted to our "It’s Time We Met" contest. Play a slide show of all of the public entries and view the two winning photographs and five runners-up.

This set of behind-the-scenes photos of The New American Wing at various stages during its renovation may light your creative spark. These images offer only a glimpse of the incredible workmanship and creativity that went into this project.

Subscription Lecture Series: American Wing Renewed
These lectures will address the thinking behind the renovation of The American Wing. Though the series began in May, there are still three more lectures to enjoy—A New Look at Old Rooms: The Renovation of The American Wing’s 18th-century Period Rooms on Tuesday, June 2, Thinking Big: American Sculpture in The Charles Engelhard Court on Tuesday, June 9, and Picture Windows: A Panoply of American Stained Glass on Tuesday, June 16.

Image: American art pottery cases in The New American Wing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Springtime at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

During spring and summer, gardens at The Cloisters bloom with colorful flowers and fragrant herbs. This June, a variety of free programs celebrates the history and artistry of the plants and gardens at The Cloisters. While visiting the gardens, set aside time to see the majestic medieval art and architecture of this unique branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Garden Days
On Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, delight in springtime at the gardens. Special tours, gallery talks, and a family workshop offered in English and Spanish make up this weekend’s festivities. See a beekeeping demonstration; listen to talks about vegetables, herbs, and spices in the medieval diet; or simply bask in the lovely surroundings.

Garden Tours
Offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:00 p.m., these tours provide horticultural, architectural, and historical information.

To learn more about the gardens and the fascinating histories of the plants growing there, read The Medieval Garden Enclosed. Written by horticulturists of The Cloisters, this illuminating blog examines the plants of the Middle Ages in their cultural contexts.

Guided Tours and Gallery Talks
The Cloisters has an incomparable collection of medieval art and architecture, a sampling of which can be viewed in our online Collection Database. Take a guided tour and discover the collection’s highlights with a lecturer leading the way. Or rent an Audio Guide, including a special version for families, and tour at your own pace. Gallery talks, given by staff members or medievalists from the tristate area, concentrate on specific aspects of the collection. This month’s subjects include Gothic sculpture and the medieval cult of the saints.

Image: Corn Poppy [Papaver rhoeas]. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York.

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Enlightening Weekend Afternoons

Two Sunday at the Met programs and one Saturday at the Met provide insight into medieval art and intellectual life, recent archaeological findings in Egypt, and the role of Islam in Renaissance Europe. These events are held in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and are free with Museum admission.

Sunday at the Met
Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages
June 7, 3:00 p.m.
A lecture given by Jonathan Alexander, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, explores drawing as an art form in medieval manuscripts. He examines the range of techniques, aesthetics, and place of graphic images—drawings, early maps, artists’ sketchbooks, and masterfully decorated manuscripts—in the creative and intellectual life of the Middle Ages. This event is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages.

Saturday at the Met
Archaeological Discoveries in Egypt
June 20, 3:00 p.m.
This program highlights the most recent findings in the pyramid complex of the pharaoh Pepy I, an important ruler of the later Old Kingdom. Audran Labrousse, research director, French National Centre for Scientific Research, and director, French Archaeological Mission at Saqqara, Egypt, discusses the latest discoveries in the necropolis of King Pepy I at Saqqara.

Sunday at the Met
Islamic Art and Culture in the Renaissance
June 28, 3:00 p.m.
"The True Moor of Venice: Giorgione and the Mystery of the Three Philosophers" is the title of the talk given by Michael Barry, the Patti Cadby Birch Consultative Chairman of the Department of Islamic Art. This lecture focuses on the riddle of the central figure of a mysterious turbaned Moor in one of the most enigmatic paintings of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgione’s Three Philosophers (Venice, 1504), now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Resolving the riddle helps illuminate the entire image of Islamic philosophy and the very role of Islam in late medieval and early Renaissance European perceptions.

Image: Initial T from the Corbie Psalter. Corbie, France, early 9th century.
Bibliothèques d’Amiens Métropole, MS 18C

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The Art of Film

In addition to the free film screenings the Museum offers throughout the month, a special subscription film series curated by contemporary artists featured in the special exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984.

Free Films in the Afternoon
The Museum presents free films most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. These documentaries, feature films, and videos are related to special exhibitions or works of art in the permanent collection. This month’s selections explore the work of a pioneering female artist, tour both ancient and modern cities, reveal the heroic acts that preserve culture in the face of war, and discuss the influence of a groundbreaking sculptor, respectively. See the online calendar for more information.

Artists Select Films Series
This exciting series is curated by artists featured in the exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 who mined the mass medium of film in their own work. All films will be shown in 35mm. Robert Longo introduces Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970). Barbara Bloom shows Jacques Tati’s Playtime, as well as her own The Diamond Lane (1981), a work in the form of a trailer for a nonexistent film. David Salle introduces a new print of Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live) and discusses the influence of Godard on his art.

Image: Director Bernardo Bertolucci at the camera.

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The World Science Festival

The World Science Festival is an annual celebration in New York City that brings together great minds in science, business, government, and the arts. The Met is one of eleven cultural partners collaborating in this five-day celebration of science through discourse and debate, dance and theater, film and visual arts.

Explore the relationship between art and science in fascinating programs presented at the Museum, including gallery talks, a film, and a unique evening program.

Da Vinci Detective
Friday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

Maurizio Seracini, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, San Diego
Marco Leona, David H. Koch Scientist in Charge, Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the great mysteries in the art world is the disappearance of Leonardo’s The Battle of Anghiari, a celebrated fresco painted for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Maurizio Seracini describes the use of advanced technology to investigate whether the lost masterpiece lies beneath a Vasari painting in the Palazzo Vecchio. Marco Leona introduces the program.

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