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The Met Cloisters, New York City

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
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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  • So, the Met Cloisters are uptown - way, way uptown. Prepare yourself for a long train ride. If you go the way we did, that means taking the train to Dyckman Street, and then walking through the...  more »
  • Some great religious art and architecture with a beautiful view outside. I went during the summer and it was perfect. Some of the areas are closed off due to Covid so I couldn't see the best viewing.....  more »
  • Beautiful place! The museum is a dream... full of magnificent pieces. The cloisters is a must go. The cafe is located in a adorable cloister. The garden are incredible.  more »
  • If you like architecture and medevial art, then this is your place. It's on the northwestern tip of the island and for $25, you can gorge yourself in both. We particularly like the gardens and tapestries that are on display. We've visited 3 times and there are many exhibits that never move, but we've been impressed with the new exhibits each time we've visited. Take the A train to one of Manhattan's best kept secrets. Beautiful tranquil park with an awe inspiring view of the Hudson river. The museum is a gem. Worth the trip.
  • The architecture alone of this place is gorgeous, let alone the stuff on display inside.Came here for a work outing and got to walk around for an hour. It was not enough time for me to fully sink in all of museum artifacts, but I really enjoyed the space.The garden in the back with all of the medieval plants used for medicines and poisons was something different and unexpected. It also looks out over a beautiful picture of the Hudson- a do not miss view!I will warn you that getting to the stop of the hill is quite a trek, and unless you enjoy uphill climbing, I recommend taking a car. It is very steep and there are many stairs. I wish I had known that before visiting.
  • We took the subway and walked through a lovely park to get there. The four cloisters themselves are lovely, some of them with gardens. There's a beautiful view of the river from one of the cloisters. I also enjoyed the tapestries, art, and architectural details from various monasteries. Definitely worth a trip. It's included with your Metropolitan Museum of Art ticket, so why not?!
  • I want to extend my gratitude to the Cloisters museum and their staff who were extremely helpful getting my mother - who is disabled - around and accommodating our need for a wheelchair. The museum is a beautiful and old structure with many stairs. The security guards couldn’t have been more helpful getting us where we needed to go, by elevator and also getting us very close to the parking lot when it was time to leave. Thank you!!! Really.
  • This beautiful historical collection of religious art and architecture museum. Parts are small terrace gardens, and outdoor atrium so weather permitting. There is moderate amount of walking to be done with the various rooms. There is a lot of reading regarding the importance and beauty with the artifacts on display so young children may not be ideal to take. Park nearby is clean and spacious for picnic and free parking available on site.

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