Met Holiday Monday - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date: 01/02/12
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Ages: All
Price: Recommended admission: $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free children younger than 12
1000 Fifth Avenue - 800-965-4827
Manhattan, NY 10028

Description: Both The Met Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens (located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan) will be open today, giving visitors an additional opportunity to see the collections, holiday decorations, and exhibitions like "The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis" — a group of 34 life-sized, medieval chess pieces on display at The Cloisters. In addition to the exhibition The Game of Kings, which will be on view through April 22, highlights of the Museum's renowned collection of medieval art will be on display at The Cloisters, 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. The Great Hall at The Cloisters will be decorated for the holidays with wreaths and garlands hand-made from plants linked with the celebration of Christmastide in the Middle Ages, including ivy, apples, hazelnuts, and rosehips. The Cloisters museum and gardens is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, 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 Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini" (on view through March 18), "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe" (through January 2), and "Lisbon's Hebrew Bible: Medieval Jewish Art in Context" (through January 16). For the holiday season, the Museum's annual Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche - a brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce decorated with 18th-century angels, cherubs, and a Nativity scene - will also be on display (through January 8).