The Met Cloisters, New York City

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. For The Met Cloisters and beyond, use our New York City day trip app to get the most from your New York City vacation.
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  • You have driven by a million times and you keep telling yourself one day you will go. Well we finally did for my Mom’s birthday and it was amazing. Parking is easy and not too far from the entrance to...  more »
  • I was here with a friend and I have to say I was really impressed with not only the works of art here but how this museum is tucked away from the city and is just a gem to discover while still in Manh...  more »
  • The Cloisters is where the MET Museum keep most of its medieval art - a very specific and acquired taste. The building itself was built along medieval lines to house the collections. The museum is rel...  more »
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  • One of the hidden gems of New York City. It mostly houses artifacts from the medieval period of Europe but it's atmosphere and environment is a breath of fresh air from all the modern buildings of Manhattan. It's pretty far up north and a bit out of the way compared to the other museums the city has to offer But those who choose to go here won't regret here. Tip: It's free for Columbia students
  • Beautiful setting and collection. The grounds are amazing and so well tended. It is a bit further than other Manhattan museums but worth the trip. A perfect jewel of a museum.
  • Very cool museum of mideval art, objects, and architecture. It has things from 1000-1800 and it is interesting watching the styles and sophistication change over the years. There is a fair amount of ambiguity in some of the pieces, it's tough to be sure about the specifics of some of the exhibits. I really liked the tapestries of the unicorns and the playing cards. The museum asks for donations but you do not need to pay to enter if money is tight. Enough stuff to see for an afternoon.
  • It is awesome. You become a time traveler and you can see and feel the spirit of each artist. You also meet so many wonderful people who are of like minds. And, of course. I have nothing but praise for every employee. They are all warm, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. It is always hard for me to leave. The MET Cloisters is a definite must visit. They even have a gift shop that will surely have something for you.
  • I wasn't happy visiting that museum. Had to walk 20 minutes inside of Bryant Park to reach there. Interior is cozy and dark. And the guards act like they are presidents. Idk why they didn't let people enter some rooms, but other groups went there by showing some special tickets. I don't recommend this museum. Instead, visit Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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