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The Met Cloisters
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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.
Tuxedo Park, New York
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you need a break from the crowds at other museums, go here. It is gorgeous and relaxing - I love the collections here - the unicorn tapestries, and the gardens outside. Not so big that it overwhelms you - a wonderful change of pace!

Visited July 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Not the best in New York”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Well, I do not understand all the excitement about the Cloisters. To be honest I have seen hundreds of cloisters in their original site, so this one is not really a great thing. Yeah, ok, it is a reconstruction out of its natural context, but I would rather see something complete, in its context, in its natural surrounding. It is like seeing a tiger in a zoo, interesting but pretty sad.

Visited July 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing Break from a Busy City”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We traveled on the A train to The Cloisters Museum. We grabbed a picnic lunch of bagels and black & white cookies. We ate along the path with amazing views of the Hudson and George Washington Bridge. Honestly, the museum is a little boring but we took lots of photos in the museum gardens and had a lovely break from the busy city. If you need some green grass and a break from the crowds, the Cloisters is a nice day trip.

Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A beautiful retreat from the business of the city”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

On one of our last days in New York my girlfriend and I decided to take the train ride up north to the Cloisters. Oh, and we were so happy we did. What an oasis it is!

We took the elevator our of the station, then walked the beautiful walk towards the Cloisters. There was a view of the river beside and flowers blooming everywhere. We unpacked our picnic lunch (DO BRING A SANDWICH LUNCH!) and enjoyed the lovely view and meal.

After eating, we walked up a hill and arrived at the Cloisters. Immediately, we felt a calmness come over us. The medieval beauty of the place was breathtaking. We wandered through the exhibits looking at tapestries, religious relics, and statues. There is a lovely courtyard garden to enjoy, as well.

Overall it was one of our most peaceful and memorable experiences in New York (hard to believe it WAS New York!!). Do not pass this gem by!

Visited July 2013
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Ada, Ohio
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“A Beautiful Building with A Wonderful Collection.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

A great collection of medieval art in a beautiful building. The unicorn tapestries are by themselves enough reason to visit the Cloisters but the whole building is wonderful.

Visited August 2013
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