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The Cloisters

Fort Tryon Park, New York City, NY 10040
212 923 3700
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Ranked #20 of 851 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Orlando
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful museum with amazing Gothic and Medieval architecture and art. I was so impressed. It's not huge so you can do it all in one afternoon.

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

In all our years of visiting NYC we had never visited The Cloisters, the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is in a 75 year old complex that looks straight out of the middle ages, designed that way on purpose. Loved the medieval medicinal garden as well as the stained glass, art, and unicorn tapestries.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Massively impressive collection of mediaeval artefacts. Everything is extremely well placed and the info provided on each piece is adequate. Does provoke the thought though, if Greece is demanding Britain to hand back the Elgin marbles, why aren't France and Spain demanding the return of ENTIRE cloisters and altar pieces and even chapels hoiked over from Europe???

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Winter Park, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I love the setting of this museum and especially the chapels from the 1400-1500's and the amazing tapestries. In nice weather the garden area is a very nice place for lunch and the little cafe has simple sandwiches and tea and coffee.

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Quebec City, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I wanted to go to The Cloisters for a while (I missed it during my first trip to NY), however I was left disappointed by my visit. If you want to get to The Cloisters (at least from Port Authority) it takes at least one hour (and another hour to come back). The museum is okay, but it’s so small... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Years ago when I was visiting Manhattan with my daughter, we were eating on Madison Avenue when we chatted with a local. She told us about The Cloisters, which are part of the Met Museum, located a short drive away from the Met; she said you have to make it a point to visit and many people don't know about... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Batsto, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

...millions of times as a kid. I noticed that every Halloween the tower at the top was illuminated red from within. When I went back to visit last year I asked the security people (I know the manager from the old days) what is up with that, and does it still happen. They acted nervous and said they couldn't talk... More

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Galway, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you are from Europe, you will think that it's really small because we are use to looking at huge cloister, although it's a nice visit if you have time. You will love the surroundings

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Aside from the challenge it takes to get to The Cloisters, this is a great place to visit. Highly underrated place. Very interesting and some lovely pieces of work.

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