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Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages. (It was built less than 100 years ago, using material from five medieval French cloisters.) Be sure to check out the famous Unicorn Tapestries, the 12th-century Fuentidueña Chapel and the Annunciation Triptych by Robert Campin.
|Venue name:||The Cloisters||Contact:|
Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
|Opening hours:||Mar–Oct: Mon–Sun 10am–5:15pm. Nov–Feb: Tue–Sun 10am–4:45pm|
|Price:||Suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, children under 12 free|
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When you get to the Cloisters, you feel like you're miles away from the city. You feel like you're in a castle overlooking the river, guarded from the horrors of the L train, people shouting at you in the streets and obscene levels of honking. You pay what you wish then enter a rather somber shrine to the past, to a time of religious piety I'm glad I wasn't around for. My favorite pieces were the gilded books—I hate tedious tasks and am awed by the amount of devotion and patience these tasks took. The intricate carvings and giant unicorn tapestries were also fascinating. There's even a huge narwhal tusk!
The Cloisters are gorgeous. They are situated in Fort Tryon Park, which has stellar views of the river, and to get to the Cloisters, you have to wind your way up the path that circles the hill until you get to the very top, where the Cloisters are. My favorite part, as I suppose everyone’s is, is the garden courtyard. You can sit on the short wall and take in the colorful flowers and gaze up at the tower. The Cloisters have quite a bit of history for nerds who enjoy stuff like that. Also a great place to take people who are into architecture. If you're into long bike rides, you should definitely bike up the Hudson Greenway to the Cloisters. The route becomes a little difficult as you near Fort Tryon, but really it’s fairly easy and absolutely gorgeous.
The price should really be marked either free or one dollar sign since the prices listed are only suggested entrance fees. Since The Cloisters is part of the Met, entrance costs whatever you wish to pay.