The Cloisters

Museums, Art and design Washington Heights
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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.

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Venue name: The Cloisters
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Address: Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
New York

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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Worth the trek uptown? Definitely. If you're headed there in the warmer months, pack a picnic—the surrounding gardens are pretty beautiful and you're welcome to throw down a blanket. Museum admission is expensive but pay-as-you-wish, so big families shouldn't fret. Also...I mean there are unicorn tapestries...it's worth it for that alone.