The Met Cloisters

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The Met Cloisters
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Atop a tall hill in the northern tip of Manhattan, at the end of long, winding wooded pathways, with stunning views across the Hudson River to the Palisades, and a short walk from the 1 and A subways, you’ll find The Met’s second location, called The Met Cloisters. Visiting is like traveling through time: medieval architecture is incorporated into a modern building purpose-built to evoke the Middle Ages.
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ExploreWorld9732
Saint Paul, MN78 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Beautiful surroundings for a fabulous museum! This is a treasure trove of medieval art. We spent the better part of a day there. Pack a bag lunch, as we found the little restaurant expensive & not very good—& we aren’t hard to please!
Written 12 June 2022
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Jenny from Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA663 contributions
May 2022
I had heard about this part of the Met more than twenty years ago and always wanted to go. So I think I may have been overhyped.
+: The museum is gorgeous. I loved the ambiance of the setting, and the views of the river are really lovely.
+: The audio guide clips you can listen to on your cellphone add a lot to the visit.
~: It is relatively small, which means either that it's more doable than the big Met building, but also less museum-for-your-buck.
-: It's quite far from the rest of the city. It takes about a 15 minute moderately-hilly hike from the subway. So don't take a visit casually.
Written 5 June 2022
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Stacy R
1 contribution
Jun 2022
If you wish to be greeted by an unwelcoming, stoic staff--everyone from the reception desk, security, and those who man the counter in the cafe--then visit the Met Cloisters. If you wish for your requests for directions to be met by a staff who responds as if you are a nuisance; as if you are interfering with their thoughts about being anywhere other than at their job, then visit the Met Cloisters.

If you want to feel as if your $25 fee, or suggested fee for NYC residents, is appreciated, then please skip the Met Cloisters and visit the many world-class cultural institutions that line the streets of NYC, awaiting your patronage with the courtesy and smile that the Met Cloisters so painfully lacks.

As a native New Yorker and educator in NYC schools for more than 25 years, I have visited multiple cultural institutions across this great city, and I have never experienced a staff that is as curt, unwelcoming, and dismissive to their patrons as those at the Met Cloisters...it is most unfortunate.
Written 4 June 2022
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maxbN4278MD
12 contributions
Mar 2022
Ancient art in a beautiful setting. Wonderful view of the Hudson River. Beautiful gardens, but worth the trip in the winter also.
Written 31 May 2022
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Jonathan Chan
La Jolla, California, USA227 contributions
Mar 2022
A beautiful collection of medieval art with gorgeous views overlooking the Hudson river. Located on top of a hill. Must-sees include the unicorn tapestries.
Written 8 April 2022
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Kelli
Keller, TX666 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We wanted to do an art museum with our son, but wanted a subject he’d enjoy. The Cloisters’ medieval art collection was perfect for his interests. We saw so many unique works and I got to help give him some additional context to what he’s learned in school (I’m a history teacher). The architecture of the building really helps underscore the collection and we had a lovely visit.
Written 3 April 2022
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania370 contributions
Mar 2022
Review: the coolest medieval collection I've ever seen. Rockefeller had this building built around doorways, stained glass windows, arches, wooden doors, apses, fireplaces, and more which he had collected. So everything looks quite natural - in situ - even though it's in a special-built museum. Rooms are specially designed to hold tapestries and intricate wooden carvings... I am not normally into medieval art but I found this place to be fascinating for a 2-hour visit, which I think is a reasonably good length of time.

Tip: get off the metro at 190th, not at Dyckman St. While Dyckman St is closer, the trek up the hill is much more demanding from that side.

Another tip: your ticket purchased here is good for the Met in Central Park too, on the same day. The Cloisters are worth your $25, but a visitor looking for value would do both of these on one day, maybe with a stop in Harlem for lunch.
Written 27 March 2022
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN282 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
This museum is amazing! If you’re looking for something a little less touristy while I’m NYC, this is a great option. All of the art and architecture is medieval, so be prepared for that. If that’s a style you enjoy, you’ll get your fill here! The art is a mix of religious iconography, tapestries, sculptures, and relics. There are also gardens areas, both inside and outside.
Written 4 March 2022
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AmazingTravels
Seattle, WA394 contributions
Feb 2022
What an amazing place to visit, so worthy taking the metro all the way up to Tyron park; which is beautiful in itself. I couldn't get enough of the building, grounds, history, and art.
Written 25 February 2022
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djaehnig
Baltimore, MD832 contributions
Feb 2022
Amazing Midevil art and religious artifacts - a bit like going to an old Gothic cathedral. Tranquil gardens and wonderful views. It is a bit pricey though at $25 a head.
Written 20 February 2022
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