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The Cloisters

Fort Tryon Park, New York City, NY 10040
212 923 3700
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Ranked #22 of 861 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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Marana, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It takes a little doing to find the Cloisters but it is situated in beautiful Fort Tyron park, which, in and of itself, it worth the trip. There are magnificent views of the Hudson River. The Cloisters is quite unique, I have never seen anything like it prior. Built to house these incredible architectural pieces from Europe, each room offers... More

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Montgomery, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

During a visit to NYC, my wife & I opted for a visit to The Cloisters on the extreme northern tip of Manhattan. We took the "A" subway from Columbus Circle and chose the 10-minute walk through Fort Tryon Park to the Cloisters from the 190th Street stop instead of the M4 bus. There is a "recommended" entrance fee ($17... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Keep in mind that this is an extension of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. We visited the Met during our previous trip and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. That's how we came to know about The Cloisters. I originally thought it was a religious building, but after the tour realized that it is a museum built in 1935 to weave... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

the Met's medieval art section isn't down in central Park at the main site but all the way at the far north of Manhattan. Your ticket to the Met will get you in here too, though you'll need to get the subway up here (or a ing and potentially expensive taxi). It's well worth coming. A selection of cloisters and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you like to see churches - you find everything very familiar, but the Cloisters are beautifully situated and you have a view over the Hudson River and (in winter, when the trees are bare) over Harlem. Its nice to go with the bus, so you see some of Harlem on your way up there, and after visiting you can... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

From the moment one enters The Cloisters one feels the pull of Medieval times. The weaving together of the ancient stone and the twentieth century building is seamless; one cannot tell where the old stone ends and the new stone begins. One feels transported to Medieval France, Spain and Italy, convinced the monks will glide silently around the corner at... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This Museum, part of the Metropolitan Museum but located in the far north of Manhattan Island is well worth the visit. If you like medieval art, this is the gallery for you, also 4 medieval gardens; it is an oasis of calm in a very busy city.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Cloisters is part of the NY Museum network, it holds many treasures of medieval times. We had a one-hour guided tour which was a terrific introduction to a small portion of what is there. We spent another hour visiting other galleries or re-visiting areas we had seen briefly. The M4 bus takes you from Penn Station right to the door... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You got to go here. I think a lot of people go to the Met but not The Cloisters. Its a nice subway rideand a pleasant walk up the hill through a beautiul park to see some amazing treasures, and fantactic courtyard/clositered spaces. Highly rated.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What is lovely about the Cloisters is not just the excellent collection of art from the Middle Ages and Renaissance but the soul of the place. If you need a quiet chapel to pray in or simply a genteel reminder of another age, there is something magical here.

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