The Met Cloisters
The Met Cloisters
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Atop a tall hill in the northern tip of Manhattan, you’ll find The Met’s second location—The Met Cloisters. Visiting is like traveling through time: medieval architecture is incorporated into a modern building purpose-built to evoke the Middle Ages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • sophie301
    Silver Spring, Maryland54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A NYC Total Gem
    This is a beautiful museum that all would love to see. The setting is just gorgeous and the art included is very interesting. It was an easy runway ride from our hotel in Midtown. Your paid ticket will also get you into The Met Fifth Avenue for no additional fee if you use on the same day. The Cloisters does not require a full day's time so seeing The Cloisters and then taking in some of The Met's exhibits in the same day is completely doable. The cafe at The Cloisters, while a beautiful, cool outdoor setting, does not offer memorable food but gets the job done if needed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A secret delight worth seeing in NY
    What an absolutely beautiful place to visit. If it wasn’t for friends who live in NY I would not have known about this place as it’s not advertised. It was stunning- a building made up of other buildings from around the world then all pieces back together in a wonderfully clever way I order to show the architecture and piece inside. All set high on the hill with delightful views over Manhattan. This is well worth a trip to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Greg Harris
    Bronx, New York1,989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greg & Kat’s Met Cloisters Experience
    The Cloisters, aka The Met Cloisters is a magnificent museum that’s located at Fort Tyron park in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. In October of 2023, I brought and treated my wife and myself for a visit to the museum and we very much enjoyed our experience there. Constructed by industrialists and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller Jr. in the 1930’s and then later given and governed by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art (The Met), the Cloisters primarily features renowned European medieval architecture and art, with a particular emphasis on Christian symbols and themes. The museum holds about 5,000 works of art and architecture, many of them originating from the Byzantine and Renaissance periods. During our visit, my wife and I viewed and took several pictures of beautiful tapestries, panel paintings, sculptures and effigies. Our favorite works of art were the “Mérode Altarpiec,” “the Enthroned Virgin and Child” and the various statues of Mary & Jesus. We also enjoyed visiting the Cuxa & Trie Cloisters. If you are an aficionado of Medieval Art & Architecture, then we highly recommend that you visit and explore the Cloisters!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • RoadtripMommy
    163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful cloister with superb curation of art
    We were unable to visit the Cloisters the last time we visited NYC so I made sure we included it in our itinerary. It is easy to get to via Subway but beware of a steep walk up to the Cloisters. The collection is amazing not to mention the gardens and the views. It was so peaceful! Get there when they first open to avoid the crowds.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Kristine T
    Fargo, North Dakota7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a gem. A great find and a nice break from the packed museums. I went expecting a totally different experience but what a pleasant surprise. The religious art was amazing and the space and gardens were grand. I felt immersed in history.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • SFOBEYOND
    San Francisco, California62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum of Middle Ages and Beauty
    Reviews capture the special and unique experience visiting The Cloisters. It is truly a respite from the busy museums and a place of contemplation. If anything, see the famous Unicorn tapestries and the brilliance of the ones that are being restored. Stunning views of the GW Bridge and the Hudson River. The steps from the subway to the museum is a long way. The best plan is to take the subway and then pick up the M 4 bus the rest of the way to Fort Tryon Park. If anyone had any suggestions for places to grab a light bite to eat, we are all ears. You can easily head to the Upper East Side and find many wonderful cafes.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    informative walking tour on Three Kings Day and a tour around at Christmas time
    I love touring the Met Cloisters at the holidays. They have such interesting walking tours and displays of decorations for the Christmas holidays. The museum is not overdone and the people who work here are the utmost professional. Instead of the tour we were supposed to have on holiday plants during the Middle Ages, we had a talk of Three Kings Day and the how the interpretation has changed over the years. This is seen in the artwork around the galleries and how it changed over the Middle Ages. There were different versions in storytelling and how the story progressed from three wisemen to three kings. We saw different mediums in woodwork, stained glass and tapestries. After the tour, I walked around the museum and looked at what the collection had to offer on the subject again. I observed the artwork again with a little more time and realized that the storytelling must have changed over the ages. The museum was beautifully decorated with all sorts of plants that were blooming at different stages and realized this is how the churches must have been decorated after the Dark Ages. Very interesting and beautiful to look at. This is a little gem of a museum uptown.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic around every corner
    About an hour on the subway from lower Manhattan but absolutely worth it. The Cloisters was built in the 1930s but it's like stepping back several centuries. Doorways, windows and columns from medieval buildings have been incorporated into the building so sensitively so you really believe you are entering a 15th century church or a 16th century cloister. The collection includes altarpieces, devotional statues, sculptures of saints and many other treasures. The $30 entry fee also covers entry to the main Met gallery on the same day but they are several miles apart and each place demands a few hours to do it justice - I spent three and a half hours wandering round the Cloisters at a fairly leisurely pace. You could do it in less time but you may as well enjoy the lovely atmosphere for as long as possible! I went on a Monday and it wasn't very busy. The website advises going to 190th St but I went to Dyckman Street station for getting back downtown afterwards and that felt a little closer once I had found my way out of the park to the main road. From 190th St it is very straightforward - just head from the bottom tip of Fort Tryon Park to the top. It is up an incline and there are some steps but it's a nice walk with wonderful views over the river, and doesn't take too long.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Sherry C
    White Plains, New York132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely way to while away a few hours
    Absolutely lovely, and great placards explaining the treasures within. The plants and trees weren't yet in bloom, but I can only imagine how spectacular it must be when they are. Even if you get easily bored in museums, you'll find this one intriguing.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2024
  • screenname287
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    European flavor in the Big Apple
    The location provides a great view of the Hudson River, and the building is in a nice bit of welcome greenery in the city. The architecture is quite intriguing in itself. But all this is just nice wrappings for the vey fine art, and the wonderful little garden that is displayed within. The free daily tour gives indepth insight into many of the works. We ran out of energy before we ran out of things to see there. The site is accessible by car and is also an easy ride on public transit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
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Votenochains
White Mountains, NH537 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This musuem is a bit out of the city and has some interesting medieval artifacts. The most amazing boxwood carving I have ever seen. It’s fine to visit in the winter with a sizable indoor section. I think I would recommend it though for a summer or fall visit where you can enjoy the park and the outdoor gardens.
Written 6 January 2020
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GratefulTraveler
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The purpose of the visit was to see a time limited exhibited “The Colmar Treasure.” However, the beauty of the setting of this museum, the magnificence of the museum building Itself, and the wealth and extent of the items within the museum hit home. There is a tremendous collection of medieval art and religious artifacts, thoughtfully displayed in rooms that evoke their original settings, such as chapels and treasuries. Well worth a visit.
Written 23 January 2020
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colddrake
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We lived in the UK for 40 years, so have seen many historic buildings and museums full of artwork. The Cloisters is not like any of them. It's a wonderfully effective array of individual items displayed in a neutral environment, allowing its beauty and craftsmanship to be appreciated without distraction. The rescued buildings and architectural samples are brought together in a way that feels natural and yet allows visitors to see each one on its merits. It's wonderful, and it's set in a park that feels unlike any other part of Manhattan.
Written 6 March 2020
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Q4216YDlindap
Lebanon, NH9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This museum is beautiful. It is like stepping into another time period. The artifacts are amazing. The Unicorn Tapestries are not to be missed. Dating from the 1300s they are vibrant and detailed. The structures themselves tell a story of life in a monastery long ago. The services of the docents and others on staff are superior. They are extremely accommodating to persons in wheelchairs or needing other types of assistance.

The atmosphere is hushed and lends itself to stepping away from the hustle and bustle of modern life for a spell. The grounds are gorgeous even in winter.This is unlike any other museum you will visit.
Written 7 January 2020
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Londontravelor
Houston, TX80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Cloisters are a bit far from most of the other museums, but worth the time. It is located in a lovely park and the building itself is beautiful. The whole idea of replicating this building and filling it with art is just incredible. Once again the building is just as beautiful as the art.
Written 5 January 2020
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HappyTraveler1957
Wellesley, MA640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Had this on my bucket list of places to visit in NYC for sometime, and finally got the chance. So glad I did!! This is definitely worth a visit. Fascinating exhibits captivate on the inside, while on the outside you have a spectacular view of the Hudson River. Hope to return in the summer when the gardens are in blooms.
Written 24 February 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Sometimes I forget that this museum is in NYC, as it seems so unlike the rest of the museums in the city. It's in the northern part of Manhattan but easily accessible by subway and bus, so please do go in warm weather and soak in the scenery and artwork. The art are arranged so that people can take them in at their own pace and at an unbiased, neutral angle, and I'd say that the buildings themselves are part of the art. The tours are wonderful, as the tour guides are really knowledgeable and make the art more fascinating.
Written 25 March 2020
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sophie301
Silver Spring, MD54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful museum that all would love to see. The setting is just gorgeous and the art included is very interesting. It was an easy runway ride from our hotel in Midtown. Your paid ticket will also get you into The Met Fifth Avenue for no additional fee if you use on the same day. The Cloisters does not require a full day's time so seeing The Cloisters and then taking in some of The Met's exhibits in the same day is completely doable. The cafe at The Cloisters, while a beautiful, cool outdoor setting, does not offer memorable food but gets the job done if needed.
Written 31 July 2023
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RHS1946
Monroe, MI130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Family members and I traveled recently to this lovely museum. This was my first time visiting the MET Cloisters though it has been a favorite destination for my cousin and her two young adult children. The building itself has been constructed to resemble monastery buildings of medieval times. It is a peaceful place and full of wonders. During the Middle Ages cloisters were places to reflect and recharge. The walled gardens have been done with the plantings, trees, fountains as they would have been done at that time. Medieval sacred art, sculpture, tapestries, church fixtures, stained glass and other items have been collected by many over years. There is much to see and every effort has been made to follow today's protocols for health and safety. This is not a place for those with ambulatory disabilities or in wheelchairs. There are many unavoidable steps between areas and some uneven surfaces.
Written 23 May 2021
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Meander5
Birmingham, AL520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We had no idea how amazing this museum is and the story behind it. The artifacts that you are viewing are nearly all related to the Church. The relocation of a Spanish monastery along the Hudson River the parade carvings, the overall details. We could have spent more than 1 day there. Advice Uber or car to the entry, there is a substantial hike from the subway station
Written 25 January 2020
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