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“Fanciful creatures, beautiful park”
Review of The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Admission with Access to The Met Breuer and The...
Ranked #26 of 1,098 things to do in New York City
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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.
San Francisco, California
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“Fanciful creatures, beautiful park”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

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 treasures of medieval art filled with devils being stomped upon, unicorns being hunted, Jesus riding on a donkey, and weird looking cats casting menacing sideways glances because the artist didn't have the whole perspective thing quite right yet. Even monkeys putting together a table. Yeah, they did have some imagination back in the middle ages. It wasn't all about Madonna and Child.

Pricing is a little odd. You give what you feel you can. $25 "suggested" donation is a bit steep, but some people are shameless and give like a buck. The ticket includes same day admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But at the Met, from what I read, the ticket (also "suggested" $25 donation) includes same *week* admission to the Cloisters. So it sounds like it makes sense to go first to the Met, then the Cloisters.

Visited July 2014
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“I grew up nearby and was in Ft Tryon Park and by the Cloisters...”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

...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 about it, and one woman left abruptly. But don't let that stop you from visiting. There . are not now, nor never were, any evil vibes that I have ever felt there. Also, pllease note that their admission charge is only a suggestion, same at the other big museums in NYC, so you don't really have to give them $15 or $25 or whatever it is they want to get in now. A penny will work just as well. They put that in tiny writing so the sucker tourists won't notice. It used to be free.

Visited October 2013
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Galway, Ireland
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“Nice views”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

Visited April 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Underrated museum”
Reviewed July 19, 2014 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.

Visited August 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Medieval Art”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a part of the Met. It is in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights which is an absolutely beautiful park. A hidden gem in Manhatten. The Cloisters focuses on Medieval Art with a lot of Catholic and Christian tones, which makes sense if you know your history. What is unique about this museum is some of the artifacts and art are a part of the museum's structure which is a castle. Stained glass windows and carvings and sculptures just to name a few examples. Be sure to walk the park when you are done, the gardens are gorgeous.

Visited July 2014
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