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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  • August 14, 2017
    North of Manhattan, hides an amazing Museum of Art of the middle ages. In addition to the presence of several high quality medieval cloisters, the Museum contains an impressive collection of objects, tapestries and paintings from this period. The situation on a hill at the edge of the Hudson River adds to the Majesty of the place. In summary, although it is a bit far from downtown New York while being accessible by metro, it would be really silly to forego the visit of such a gem!
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  • August 13, 2017
    What a surprise to visit medieval Europe in Manhattan. Too bad it is a bit far by bus or metro, but it is worth the trip.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This museum wasn't crowded on a Friday morning. We arrived just after opening. The recommended admission is $25 but, visitors can pay any amount. At noon we enjoyed a light (albeit expensive) snack in...  more »
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  • May 14, 2017
    I've been to the Cloisters dozens of times and love it. The rooms are set out very nicely and it's a great feeling to walk around among the works. Free and easy parking around the Cloisters. In the spring and summer they have a little "cafe" for salads and soft drinks. An occasion lecture or concert is a bonus. The greeting staff is kind and helpful but THE SECURITY GUARDS ARE NOT FRIENDLY AT ALL and seem to go out of their way to bother you. I'm a member of the Met so entrance is free but it's certainly worth the price of admission.
  • June 21, 2017
    What can I say!!!!from the moment I exited the subway, on to the scenic walk overlooking the Hudson all the way to the castle I was awed. The smells of Nature mixed with the beauty of the surroundings kept me mesmerized. In the castle every room was a sight to behold. Beautiful tapestries, artifacts and relics depicted scenes from centuries ago. The treasury also houses a lot of beautiful and carefully preserved treasures.I would definitely be back again and recommend everyone interested in Religious and Medieval History to come pay a visit.
  • July 2, 2017
    The cloister is part of the metropolitan museum of arts and a bit outside of the main attractions. Nevertheless worth the trip. There are free tours (included in the admission price) at 1, 2, and 3 pm and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Don't miss the coffee shop downstairs. There is an amazing little garden. Plan some time to walk through the park before or afterwards.
  • June 21, 2017
    The Cloisters is a European Medieval art museum in Fort Tryon in northern Manhattan. It is part of the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'm not very familiar with the story of who the donors were who founded this museum, but in addition to providing the artifacts AND the architecture (whole buildings taken from France and other places in Europe) they bought up all the land on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, and protected it from development. So as you gaze out the windows of this Medieval Cloister, you have an incredibly beautiful, rustic view of the Hudson. The art work and the artifacts in this museum are often stunning and breathtakingly beautiful. I highly recommend a visit to this almost mystical place in Manhattan.
  • June 8, 2017
    The Hearst Castle of the east. A building specifically built like a medieval cloister to house medieval art. Completely built chapels with the European art work making up the parts. Halls filled with tapestries, including the famous unicorn tapestries. Stained glass work in the windows. Fine restaurant as well. We spent the entire day and could go back again to see the rest.

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