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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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  • My son has lived in New York for three years now so when I visit we like to go somewhere a little out of the way. The met cloisters are certainly that but please don't be put off it's an unmissable pl...  read more »
  • We go in and we start to visit this collage of four cloisters several dismantled in France and Spain is completed, supplemented by various aisles and reassembled here likewise brought from Europe. French architectures are from the region of Perpignan and the Spanish from different locations. I speak not about the meaning of this cultural contextualization, but undoubtedly it offers to an American the opportunity to immerse themselves in the medieval atmosphere, otherwise impossible, in these parts, since the discovery of America designates the end of the middle ages. Particularly nice Unicorn cycle, donated by Rockefeller to the Museum as many other pieces and furniture. The Unicorn, full of meanings and arcane animal that fascinates me. In summary, Cloisters for an Italian contains no elements. In any city there are the most remarkable Italian medieval neglected testimonials of those who will see here. But it's a pleasant break in the modern context of the Big Apple, intimate and relaxing break. Really unusual. In the shop selling shawls and silk scarves really nice medieval floral motifs at discount prices.
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  • The afternoon tour led by the docent was excellent, and if you are going to the museum earlier in the day, there is a garden tour as well. I would get a headset to explore the other art, as it's so es...  read more »
  • The Cloisters seems like a fairytale forest plopped down in NYC, it's hard to believe you're still in the city. The Cloisters throughout the museum are gorgeous. I am really not one for all the Jesus art, so other than the gardens the stained glass and room of tombs were my favorite parts. I had been looking forward to the Unicorn Tapestries until I realized they're murder scenes. I want to go back more to explore the surrounding parks.
  • The perfect place to go and unplug from the hustle and bustle of the city. Gorgeous views and inspiring gardens help you to reconnect with the peacefulness nature has to offer. Only a short metro ride from the heart of Manhattan makes it easy to access and feel like you have stepped into another place and time. The architecture is exquisite and the size of this piece of the Met is manageable for an afternoon. Enjoy the garden walks and take in the beauty!!! A must see!!!
  • A visit is a bit like visiting the Musée Cluny in Paris, for its assortment of artworks and everyday objects. The café is very over-prices, because they know you have a lon walk to find any alternative. A bottle of water is $4, cookies are $4.50, and sandwiches/salads are $12
  • A great place to get away from the crowd. The museum is free, I believe, but you can make donation for as much or as little as you'd like. The park/gardens around it are lovely as well and it's simply a pleasant place to be. Bring your family or friends, or go alone, either way you're bound to be pleasantly surprised! :)
  • Beautiful museum in a setting that makes you forget that you're in one of the largest, craziest cities on earth. Art is mostly from Western Europe, specifically Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and from the High Middle Ages. Some exquisite examples of Spanish pottery, tapestries and wooden statues. Highly recommend the journey, both for the museum and its tranquil, natural setting in Fort Tryon Park.
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