The Met Cloisters

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The Met Cloisters
4.5
10:00 - 16:30
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Upper Manhattan (Uptown)
How to get there
  • Dyckman St • 5 min walk
  • Dyckman St • 9 min walk
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236
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC227 contributions
Hilltop Cathedral to Art
Sep 2021
So, the Met Cloisters are uptown - way, way uptown. Prepare yourself for a long train ride. If you go the way we did, that means taking the train to Dyckman Street, and then walking through the park and up and around the hill to the top. Its an uphill climb, but with beautiful views in a part of NYC that doesn't feel like NYC. Once you get to the top and find the right door (took a bit), you enter a series of stitched together cathedral spaces filled with extraordinary art - mostly with a religious focus. The diverse array of arts, beautiful spaces, and stunning setting make for an incredible experience. We also had lunch at the cloisters in a pleasant courtyard. The food options are limited and just ok - salads, sandwiches, and chips. Still worth the trip.
Written 9 October 2021
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Evan L
Gig Harbor, WA31 contributions
Excellent architecture with great art, very religious
Sep 2021
Some great religious art and architecture with a beautiful view outside. I went during the summer and it was perfect. Some of the areas are closed off due to Covid so I couldn't see the best viewing spot or the tower bell, but this is worth a few hours of time regardless. I'd give it 5 stars if I could see everything. No video allowed, but they didn't notice my GoPro until I started waving it around.
Written 14 September 2021
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Ninfa L
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico176 contributions
Must go
Sep 2021
Beautiful place! The museum is a dream... full of magnificent pieces. The cloisters is a must go. The cafe is located in a adorable cloister. The garden are incredible.
Written 5 September 2021
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roj1281
Houston, TX377 contributions
Beautiful Castle and Museum
Jul 2021
It was a bit confusing to get to the museum since there are different trails and not all of them are clearly marked. Some of the paths are very steep and it can be quite a hike. The museum and the castle are beautiful. Lots of artwork, chapels, and sculptures to admire. There are courtyards in the middle of the castle that make for nice pictures too.
Written 11 August 2021
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Toby C
1 contribution
Great display, confusing security staff
Jul 2021
Like a short trip to Europe. All is great except one security staff told me I was welcome to use my tripod as long as I wouldn't block anybody else, the other one told me not to use it in an empty room, what a joke.
Written 22 July 2021
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Kit R
Marysville, WA131 contributions
Worth it
Jul 2021
What a beautiful place. We had timed entry tickets. People were good about wearing their masks and keeping distance. So many beautiful things to see, both inside and in the gardens. The variety of things to see (tapestries, sculptures, stone work, etc) were displayed well, with lots of room to move about. Well worth the time and money.
Written 6 July 2021
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Ryan J
5 contributions
Do it
Jul 2021 • Couples
A great experience touring the architecture of the French monastery and the collected artwork inside. Note, it is up a winding uphill path or about 11 flights of stairs. Be wary if you are walking and have issues with stairs or very long ramps.
Written 3 July 2021
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John S
153 contributions
One long subway ride
Jun 2021
This is an all day excursion if you include a walk in the park and lunch. The museum will take about 2 hours but a nice escape from the crowds. But your butt might fall asleep on the subway ride.
Written 6 June 2021
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RHS1946
Monroe, MI119 contributions
Impressive Experience!
May 2021
Family members and I traveled recently to this lovely museum. This was my first time visiting the MET Cloisters though it has been a favorite destination for my cousin and her two young adult children. The building itself has been constructed to resemble monastery buildings of medieval times. It is a peaceful place and full of wonders. During the Middle Ages cloisters were places to reflect and recharge. The walled gardens have been done with the plantings, trees, fountains as they would have been done at that time. Medieval sacred art, sculpture, tapestries, church fixtures, stained glass and other items have been collected by many over years. There is much to see and every effort has been made to follow today's protocols for health and safety. This is not a place for those with ambulatory disabilities or in wheelchairs. There are many unavoidable steps between areas and some uneven surfaces.
Written 23 May 2021
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Denton Bricker
28 contributions
Special Visit to the Met Cloisters
May 2021
I really enjoyed the Met Cloisters. I've been to the Met many times but had never made it up North to see the Cloisters. It houses the Medieval art, including the famous Unicorn Tapestry series along with other historic sculptures, tapestries, and architectural elements from churches across Europe.

While the art was cool, the building itself was really stunning as it was an old monastery or convent and felt like a small castle on top of a hill. The cloister gardens were gorgeous and there are three outside areas with one smaller inside courtyard.

One larger courtyard that took my breath away with tulips, trees in each corner, other flowers, and a fountain in the middle. I had to sit for fifteen minutes and take it all in. There was also a kitchen garden with medieval herbs and veggies with a view of the Hudson River. There was a smaller cloister garden that was also beautiful. This place felt very sacred and I found myself in an awed silence. The cafe was closed due to COVID.

There is a small shop similar the one at the Met with special Unicorn tapestry merchandise.

Fort Tryon Park and Heather's Garden is nearby, maybe a five minute walk that is also worth checking out. I've seen other negative reviews but I thought the 20 minute walk I took through the old Fort to Heather's garden was splendid in May. This park also offers views of the Hudson River. Many people had brought food and were having picnics.
Written 10 May 2021
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