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The Cloisters

Fort Tryon Park, New York City, NY 10040
212 923 3700
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Ranked #20 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Art Museums, Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Getting there was a long subway ride from Brooklyn so it pays to start your day early. We arrived around 9am. The surrounding gardens had lots of birds which was a plus. The guide's clear explanation of the Unicorn Tapestries and their background was so helpful to us for appreciating their beauty and history. We returned to the city by... More

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful setting for art within a special structure! Unique museum experience because of the architecture, surrounding wonderful gardens, and outstanding view of the Palisades across the Hudson in New Jersey. Most New York visitors miss this. You shouldn"t.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It is a long trip down to the Cloisters from lower Manhattan. Public transportation is slow and then there is a considerable walk up to the museum from the subway. But it is a beautiful museum. Beautiful gardens and lovely exhibits. Lovely views of the Hudson river from the museum area.

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Worth the trip. We parked a few blocks outside the Park, and strolled to The Cloisters. Art work is unimaginable - you wonder through the rooms and in side outside. Note that admission is only suggested. You can give what you feel comfortable giving.

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Colorado
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is worth the trip. It may be off the beaten path, but the structure, gardens and artifacts are worth seeing.

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Clinton, CT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Everyone burns out on this early medieval art pretty fast. I am convinced that the Met needs to mix up its collections in a more interesting and topical way. Ever been to the Getty in LA? Medieval art does not always benefit from medieval curatorial philosophy and techniques. After all, the villa itself is ersatz and frankly lacking in any... More

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Strasbourg, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Cloisters has an extensive and awe-inspiring collection of Medieval European art, mostly religious art. These include complete chapels brought over from Europe, paintings, statues, woven carpets, etc. Although it is a bit far from Manhattan, it is worth a visit, the setting is in a park and the view is beautiful.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The cloister is a beautiful garden a little far from Times Square, but it worth it to discover, this. Place remind me a little bite of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris

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pennsylvania
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see in this museum. The docent who conducted the tour was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. Worth a return visit!

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Larchmont NY
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Long my favorite part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters is often overlooked by visitors, unaware that the ticket for the main building at 82nd and Fifth is also valid at this jewel of a museum at the very northern tip of Manhattan. Nothing evokes the spirit and beauty of medieval art as does the Cloisters, a reconstruction... More

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