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The Met Cloisters, New York City

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One of the city's hidden gems, The Met Cloisters incorporates parts from five abbeys disassembled in Europe and reconstructed in New York between 1934 and 1939. Situated on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, this building now forms an integral part of a medieval-style complex designed by architect Charles Collens. You can stroll through the surrounding herb gardens or walk into the on-site museum to see an extensive collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe, including limestone windows and altarpieces designed in the 15th century. To learn the history behind the exhibits, pick up an audio guide at the entrance. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like The Met Cloisters can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Its an interesting collection of artifacts and pieces, and a nice building. But it was rather limited and the location is way up north in Manhatten. Easiest to take an Uber back and forth.  more »
  • Second time visiting the Cloisters and upon entering the castle-like structure, I immediately felt the serenity of the museum. Perhaps part of the ambience is connected to the trek from the busy city ...  more »
  • What a beautiful and unique place to visit. Its setting in Tryon Park is just surreal and relaxing. The hiking is great. The paths beautiful. Compared to the noisy and chaotic parts of NYC which are t...  more »
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  • What a fabulous art museum, Its focus is medieval art, armor, textiles, architecture and more, along with some interesting medieval cloisters and gardens of the time. Definitely take time to head up to the Cloisters. It's in the beautiful Fort Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson. It's reachable by subway and bus but it's a bit of an uphill hike through the park. They'll cite and admission fee but that's really only a suggested donation. It's free if you want.
  • Being from England, a place where we have an abundance of very old stuff on our doorsteps, the concept of The Cloisters is a little odd. However, it is a very beautiful museum and they have some fantastic examples of tapestry, wood carvings and beautiful garden spaces. It's a real escape from New York, without even leaving Manhattan.
  • Lovely museum. The entry is "free" but donations are of course encouraged and well deserved. The museum is built out of an old castle which lends to a very transcending experience.
  • After living in this neighborhood for over a decade, and visiting this park hundreds of times, I finally decided to visit the museum... I was blown away by their collection of antiques. The place is breathtaking, and full of religious artifacts. Mostly roman catholic. You can make a donation to go in, which is nice.
  • For me, one of the most impressive museums at all- provided,you have a feeling for medieval art and culture. Unbelievable collection, wonderfully displayed plus beautiful gardens with spectacular view over the Hudson to NJ.