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“Can't miss NYC museum experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Cloisters

The Cloisters
Fort Tryon Park, New York City, NY 10040
212 923 3700
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Skip the Line: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ranked #10 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Religious Sites, Art Museums, Museums
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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.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Can't miss NYC museum experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Cloisters is the best exhibit of European medieval art and architecture in North America. It is a bit like going to the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art but "hidden away" in beautiful Fort Tryon Park, it is a great escape from the frenetic bustle of NYC. Consider bringing a picnic to enjoy on the lawns outside the Museum.

Visited August 2013
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“Loved the gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Be sure to go to the gardens, very educational and pretty as we'll. learn what the medieval people used various plants for. Great view from the west terrace. Of course see the tapestries

Visited August 2013
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“A hidden treasure in NYC!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Many people have never heard of The Cloisters or travel up to the northern part of Manhattan. Their loss - because The Cloisters is truly heavenly. the architecture and history there is superb, it is a beautiful and peaceful setting and one of my favorite places to visit when I come to the city. Housed there are the original unicorn tapestries and many other artifacts from the Middle Ages!! A must see!

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas, United States
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“If you love Medieval History and Art...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have visited the Cloisters twice and loved it both times. The gardens are beautiful and are planted with flowers and plants from the 14th and 15th centuries in Europe. There are lovely tapestries on the walls and artifacts dating back to 14th century France and England. There are also old windows and doors, jewelry, paintings and religious statues that date back to the 14th and 15th century.

Visited November 2012
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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“Worth the long subway ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Cloisters has the goods. Even if you aren't particularly into medieval art (and I'm not) you can't help but be impressed by some of the work on display there. I was especially taken by many of the wood carvings on display and the gorgeous and intricate calligraphy in manuscripts that often took decades to complete.

The location itself is also really beautiful, and if I lived in the city I imagine I'd come out three or four times a year just to hang out in the herb/vegetable garden that is tended similar to those in monesteries centuries ago. That garden is likely the most peaceful place on Manhattan Island. Loved it and highly recommend The Cloisters.

Visited August 2013
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