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Review of The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Admission with Access to The Met Breuer and The...
Ranked #25 of 1,093 things to do in New York City
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was constructed out of sections of French medieval monasteries, offers an extensive collection of statues, paintings, stained glass windows and tapestries.
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Extraordinary”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

It is rare to find genuine gothic and romanesque European architecture in New York City. The whole setting is lovely and worth visiting for its relaxing very special atmosphere. The extra bonus are the magnificent collections of medieval art. Keep in mind that the entrance fee is only voluntary and combined with the visit of Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose entrance fee is also voluntary. Once you had visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can use the ticket also for the Cloisters within a week's time.

Visited May 2014
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“A Splinter of Medieval Europe in Fort Tyron park”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

I go to the Cloisters whenever I am in NYC and can spare the time. I love it in Spring, with the trees in bloom, and I also find it amazing in October with views on New Jersey cliffs accross Hudson all dressed in autumn reds and gold. The building and the collection are also very special. I particularly like the book section.
A tip - if you read the fine print, unless something has changed, the entrance fee is not a "ticket" - it is a donation with recommended amount shown, so if you are hard pressed for cash and still want to visit (and this applies to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well) you can pay even a dollar and they should give you a badge.

Visited November 2013
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Malaysia
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Stunning landscape and ancient architecture within NYC. I would have missed this place if not for a leisurely day out on Memorial Day - takes about 30 mins from downtown NY by subway, and a 15 min walk through Fort Tryon park. Having visited many medieval European sites, The Cloisters are an impressively faithful re-construction within an equally authentic environment. Spring/summer certainly made the environment stand out. An anecdote for the Manhattan landscape.

Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Medieval treasures worth a visit.”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

This museum in northern Manhattan thouses medieval art in all its forms, - stained glass, paintings, tapestries in a beautiful stone building. As the museum is high up on a hill you get a great view of the city from the gardens which surround the building. We took a bus from near the Metropolitan Museum of Art to The Cloisters since The Cloisters is a division of this museum. We took a bus to the museum but wouldn't suggest it though as it's a long and bumpy ride (about an hour). On the way back we took the subway (very advisable).

Visited May 2014
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Very easy to get to by express subway line. The Cloisters is a short walk along a cliff over the river through a heather garden.
The building itself is composed of medieval structures that were moved there stone by stone. The art, especially the tapestries, are outstanding. Plan to spend 2 hours. Well worth it even if it is a little out of the way.

Visited May 2014
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