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“A Must-See for History Art Traveler”
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 #25 of 1,093 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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“A Must-See for History Art Traveler”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

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 it. I made it a point to save this info for our next trip to The Apple. Well, we visited The Cloisters and absolutely loved the whole experience. A brief cab ride away, well worth it! Taken from the museum web site 'The Cloisters museum and gardens, which opened to the public in 1938, is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, on a spectacular four-acre lot overlooking the Hudson River, the modern museum building is not a copy of any specific medieval structure but is rather an ensemble informed by a selection of historical precedents, with a deliberate combination of ecclesiastical and secular spaces arranged in chronological order. Elements from medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been incorporated into the fabric of the building.' ------- What you may not know is that Rockefeller donated the land and a ton of money that made it possible for the collection to be displayed the way we see it today. Nice!! The have a casual outdoor cafe (weather permitting) in the garden which makes you feel like you're back in Rome. The view of the river is lovely too. I especially like this experience because it is so unexpected and a delight for the senses! You can buy a book on Amazon 'The Cloisters' (i recommend) to read on the plane or before you visit so you have more knowledge and can truly appreciate your visit there but while there they do offer the audio tour (which I also recommend). Don't be in a rush, allow at least two hours to enjoy everything. Plan to have lunch perhaps in the Upper West Side, near or on the way to The Cloisters. Then stroll off desert enjoying the history at The Cloisters. It is truly easy to see everything, not very big but it is uphill which is why I suggest you ask your cab to take you all the way up and the 'drop off' (our driver had not idea what we were talking about--so make sure you have the address with you to give to him). Then you're just steps from the front door -- don't wear high heels since there are cobble stones here and there, especially the entrance. Be respectful, there are artifacts of religious significant there, regardless of your own beliefs. Enjoy! I will post pics laters.

Visited October 2013
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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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Batsto, New Jersey
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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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“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
Thank Kathy M
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