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The Met Cloisters
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Ranked #45 of 1,174 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.
Reviewed 24 August 2014

When you visit the Cloisters it is like you take a step out of the city world and enter a peaceful old world experience. It is definitely worth the trip uptown. I do disagree with the suggested entry fee. It is just too much so I paid less.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is by far my favorite museum of all times! As a huge sucker for medieval Christian arts, the Cloisters was a jackpot of artworks. You don't have to fly all the way to Europe to see medieval monasteries because the Cloisters has a large collection of pieces of them!

Sponsored by Rockefeller, the Cloisters was built as an imitation monastery to house a collection of European monastery pieces and relics, some of which were saved from destruction during the French Revolution. Located in the Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters is extremely out of the way from almost all New York attractions but trust me, it's definitely worth the trek! Inside this museum is an extensive collection ranging from impressive tapestry to remarkable sculptures to beautiful stain glass windows. The Cloisters even has a chapel exhibit that displayed the original gateway and the original altar! It's no wonder that this is the largest museum that focuses on medieval art in the US.

However, the crowd favorite is the magnificent courtyards reconstructed using columns from European medieval monasteries. Take a break from the loud, bustling New York City in the serene courtyards within the Cloisters!

As a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, your admission to the Cloisters will also grant you same-day admission to the Met itself and the audio guide receipt here will redeem you another audio guide at the Met, so plan a cultural day with these two museums on the same day.

You can get to the Cloisters via subway ("A" line to Dyckman St. stop) or bus (M4 to the Cloisters). While the subway will be at least 20 minutes faster than the bus, you have to trek uphill to the Cloisters entrance. The bus will take more than one hour from the Met, but it stops in front of the Cloisters entrance. I recommend taking the subway to explore the park as you trek to the Cloisters while you have the energy and ride the bus back to the Met to take a break!

1  Thank Jay Y
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

I love the Cloisters. If you can make the trip up to it while you are in NYC you should do it. The gardens are amazing, the views of the river are beautiful, and the museum itself is peaceful. It's great to visit when the weather is nice, as there is walking involved if you take the subway. I brought my baby recently and it was not stroller friendly. I would not recommend it if you have little ones, use a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty with stairs. It was a little tough. We will go again when the baby is old enough to walk.

2  Thank jerseymainie
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

A great piece of New York City history. Not too many tourists make their way up there but should. The vistas and architecture make this place a real find.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Once you get to Ft Tryon Park, it's a short and scenic walk to the museum. Great displays and wonderful herb garden.

Thank James R
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