It's a haul to get here -maybe an hour from midtown Manhattan, and the neighborhood is supposed to be a little sketchy. But you don't notice that once you get into the beautiful and serene park. Then you come to a monastery -well OK, it's fake since it was built in 1938, but it still looks authentic. And inside are treasures of medieval art filled with devils being stomped upon, unicorns being hunted, Jesus riding on a donkey, and weird looking cats casting menacing sideways glances because the artist didn't have the whole perspective thing quite right yet. Even monkeys putting together a table. Yeah, they did have some imagination back in the middle ages. It wasn't all about Madonna and Child.
Pricing is a little odd. You give what you feel you can. $25 "suggested" donation is a bit steep, but some people are shameless and give like a buck. The ticket includes same day admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But at the Met, from what I read, the ticket (also "suggested" $25 donation) includes same *week* admission to the Cloisters. So it sounds like it makes sense to go first to the Met, then the Cloisters.
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