The Cloisters

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The Cloisters
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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
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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Chloe W

The Cloisters are absolutely stunning - regardless if you love medieval art and architecture or not.  There's something for everyone here - from gorgeous outdoor (Instagram-worthy) gardens to ancient jewelry to gigantic unicorn tapestries. Yes, you read that right, you can go to an offshoot of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and look at a room that's dedicated to unicorns (and also a narwhal tusk).

You can easily spend an afternoon here, but try to time your visit to when you can spend some time in the museum cafe. It's pricey for what it offers, but when will you next get the chance to sip coffee in a medieval garden and feel like you've been transported to Europe?  It's completely worth it, and this is a must-see when you're in NYC.

Jillian Anthony

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!

Jaime B

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.