The Met Cloisters, New York City

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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  • I knew nothing about The Cloisters and was taken there by a family member who has been a number of times. The artifacts, grounds/gardens....amazing! We purchased the head set for each of us which I th...  more »
  • A unique medieval art collection!!!!! Wonderful pieces located in a European original reconstruction that makes you enjoy the visit doubly. The view of the Hudson transports you to Europe. No one should be missed. A backwater in the middle of NY.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous treasure of a museum, up on a lovely little hill overlooking a quieter pay off town. One of the most peaceful places I've even been to, especially after the bustle of the usual Manhattan attractions. Your Met ticket is good here too, and they give you three days to make it both and a third location. The space itself is wonderful, and the art is wonderful as well. I adored the tapestries, especially the room with a set telling the tale of a unicorn. There are some gorgeous relics and pieces of glasswork and more. Just wonderful.
  • We decided to visit here because the Met entrance stickers are good for three days at all of their museums and we thought we'd try this out. A quick ride on the express A train got us most of the way there and wow were we surprised. The quietest place we'd been in New York and a welcome repreve after a few loud days. There's nifty religious bits, but the courtyard was the best part. We say and watched snow melt off the roof from the warmth inside with plants and sunshine for probably two hours. Absolutely b beautiful.
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