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The Met Cloisters, New York City

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One of the city's hidden gems, The Met Cloisters incorporates parts from five abbeys disassembled in Europe and reconstructed in New York between 1934 and 1939. Situated on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, this building now forms an integral part of a medieval-style complex designed by architect Charles Collens. You can stroll through the surrounding herb gardens or walk into the on-site museum to see an extensive collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe, including limestone windows and altarpieces designed in the 15th century. To learn the history behind the exhibits, pick up an audio guide at the entrance. For The Met Cloisters and beyond, use our New York City day trip app to get the most from your New York City vacation.
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  • Beautiful 1200-1600’s relics. But the tour is not very ADA friendly. Too many stairs. No elevators (only for staff). WC patrons and arthritic knees be warned. 
    Beautiful 1200-1600’s relics. But the tour is not very ADA friendly. Too many stairs. No elevators (only for staff). WC patrons and arthritic knees be warned.  more »
  • Beautiful surroundings for a fabulous museum! This is a treasure trove of medieval art. We spent the better part of a day there. Pack a bag lunch, as we found the little restaurant expensive & not....  more
    Beautiful surroundings for a fabulous museum! This is a treasure trove of medieval art. We spent the better part of a day there. Pack a bag lunch, as we found the little restaurant expensive & not....  more »
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  • The met cloisters is a branch of the metropolitan museum of art, it is located on the west side of Manhattan and is the only museum in the USA entirely dedicated to medieval art and gardens. The cloisters refers to indoor ( or closed off) rectangular gardens and their surrounding passageways found in medieval monasteries in Europe. This museum has elements of 5 original cloisters combined with harmonious modern elements located in a purpose built medieval style museum building. Several of these gardens have nice views of the river. The art itself especially the unicorn tapestries are superb, but what makes the cloisters special is that the place has a peaceful and serene atmosphere. You feel transported away from the bustle of the city and surrounded by nature. I took the garden tour at 1:00 pm on a Saturday and the tour guide was engaging, well informed and clearly loved the museum as well as the plants. She pointed out the various dyes in pigments used to make the tapestries and then showed us a garden with the plants they came from. Definitely recommend. Please be aware that there is a fairly steep stairway in the park where the museum is located so wear your sneakers.
  • The Cloisters is an Upper Manhattan branch of the Metropolitan Museum. It is located on a gorgeous outlook near one of the highest points in Manhattan. The Cloisters is focused on medieval art. It contains several reconstructed cloisters. The joy of the Cloisters is walking around and experiencing the feel of the old cloisters, the gardens and the views of the river. And if you take the time, there are also some exceptional individual pieces of art.

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