Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Cloisters

Museum, Park, and Garden
Hudson Heights, New York
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  • Tania P.
    "Beautiful views, medieval art and tapestries!"(20 Tips)
    Gerard Y.
    "Unicorn tapestries are my favorite"(12 Tips)
    Sean F.
    "Beautiful views from the Museum of the Hudson river."(8 Tips)
    Landmarks Preservation Commission
    "medieval architectural elements"(4 Tips)
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  • Donna Z.
    Donna ZeidlerOctober 21, 2015
    Just a lovely day for art and gardens.
  • Philipp L.
    Philipp LöhlerMarch 23, 2013
    Best medieval monastery museum in entire North America! Make sure you check out the murals and the statues in the rooms behind the chapel.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The current special exhibit on unicorns is fascinating. The gallery talk for it is smart and worthwhile.
  • Adna
    AdnaSeptember 29, 2015
    Hidden gem in northern Manhatten!
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Like beer? The Bonnefont Garden at The Cloisters grows hops. Take a garden highlights tour May–October at 1:00 p.m. (Kamomi, Design)
  • Let's Go
    Let's GoMay 20, 2011
    Best Place To Get Medieval in NY: a tranquil setting for beautiful and fascinating medieval art. Read more
  • Steven M.
    Steven MoranoApril 26, 2015
    Great museum and scenic views.
  • Darline
    DarlineJune 6, 2013
    Gorgeous! I will be back to the Bronx.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GDecember 28, 2013
    The architecture and artwork is breathtaking. You can appreciate the cloisters and landscaping more in the spring or summer time.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanDecember 16, 2015
    You don't need to go when it's warm. Most is indoors
  • Adam S.
    Adam SherlipApril 24, 2013
    This is a hidden gem in Manhattan, with a medieval museum (part of the Met) & park situated at the north end of the island with incredible 360° views of the Hudson River, Palisades, Bronx & Manhattan.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarthelsMarch 12, 2015
    Transported to the Rhine region in an instant.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew ByeOctober 17, 2015
    Great museum wonderful collections
  • Justin S.
    Justin SongSeptember 27, 2014
  • Raul R.
    Raul RomeroNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Such a beautiful place! a piece of medieval Europe in the Island of Manhattan...
  • Karen S.
    Karen SterlingJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a dog run in the park near the closters.
  • Shena
    ShenaSeptember 1, 2015
    It is so beautiful! So many hidden treasures!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    At this museum devoted to medieval art, a path winds through the peaceful grounds to a monastery that appears to have survived from the Middle Ages. Don’t miss the famed unicorn tapestries. Read more
  • Barry C.
    Barry CampbellJanuary 17, 2010
    Take the A train to 190th St and spend an afternoon gawking at incredibly gorgeous medieval art. (The New Leaf Cafe in nearby Fort Tryon Park is aces, too!)
  • Thelocaltripper
    ThelocaltripperMay 21, 2016
    Beautiful quiet spaces filled with history! Highly recommend walking through this place with enough time to sit and enjoy the views.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestJuly 22, 2016
    Inside the Cloisters, a medieval French castle transplanted into Washington Heights, Met horticulturalists have recreated a series of medieval gardens. Read more
  • Rafael D.
    Rafael Dias de SouzaAugust 8, 2014
    Very beatiful!
  • R K.
    R KOctober 31, 2015
    Oh wow! This museum amazes me every time. I love anything medieval. Thank you Manhattan.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaSeptember 10, 2015
    Great views of the Hudson in a scenic spot. Beware if you're trying to bike up here. There are hills
  • Romà J.
    Romà JiménezFebruary 4, 2015
    European (mostly french and catalan) mediaeval stuff bought in Europe and brought and recoonstructed in America. A good way of spending a morning if staying for some days in NYC
  • Nicole Sikora H.
    Nicole Sikora HeschongSeptember 19, 2014
    A quirky find in a peaceful setting. It will remind you of Europe (in part because actual structures from Europe were imported brick by brick)
  • Alexander L.
    Alexander LogronoJanuary 5, 2016
    Best time to go is during the spring summer and early fall when they have the gardens open. So peaceful and just a beautiful collection!
  • QQ W.
    QQ WSeptember 18, 2012
    Take the M4 bus that drops you off in front of entrance.
  • John D.
    John DolciSeptember 1, 2014
    Apparently there is no gum chewing allowed at the Cloisters. Strange but true.
  • jennifer v.
    jennifer von mayrhauserOctober 29, 2015
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzAugust 25, 2013
    The famous unicorn exhibit, the view of the Palisades on the other side of the Hudson, the walk in the park, the medieval tapestries, this museum is great.
  • Dan J.
    Dan JonesAugust 22, 2014
    Beautiful. Filled with mostly Medieval Romanesque and Gothic art (don't forget the Merode Altarpiece). You tend to forget that the pillars surrounding the central courtyard are over 600 years old.
  • Ed H.
    Ed HafizovDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cloisters is part of the Met so the members get free access. Note that there are strict rules against photography inside, not even by paid permit. Outside photography is fine, great opportunities!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 4, 2011
    The Cloisters is designed to resemble a monastery and offers gorgeous views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. The famous Unicorn Tapestries and Campin's Mérode Altarpiece are housed here. Read more
  • Eric R.
    Eric RyanNovember 3, 2011
    Get the audio guide here. Trust me - it's worth every penny.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaSeptember 10, 2015
    Medieval art
  • xavier m.
    xavier mantillaJune 27, 2011
    If you have time, take time to walk the gardens, to enjoy the beauty of this place. Read more
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafDecember 10, 2015
    Unicorn tapestries -a personal,and private time ,shared there with a friend.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CDecember 18, 2015
    This place is a gem. The medieval artifacts transport you back in time.
  • Esperanza B.
    Esperanza BejaranoAugust 10, 2013
    A nice and quiet place for visiting if you are exploring the city further the most popular spots
  • Alyxa L.
    Alyxa LeaseOctober 13, 2014
    The Cuxa cloister is so beautiful
  • James S.
    James SandersOctober 8, 2011
    I think I've been here but, I really don't remember.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJune 18, 2011
    The 3,000 works of art at The Cloisters are mesmerising, the recreated monastic architecture is a masterpiece, but step outside and the medieval gardens will take your breath away.
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessJuly 4, 2014
    Make sure you take the free guided tours. The museum and gardens (cloisters) really come alive.
  • David M.
    David MilbergJuly 6, 2016
    Definitely go in the spring/summer. It's beautiful and worth the trip uptown.
  • Date Night Is...
    Date Night Is...May 21, 2013
    Date Night Is... a total escape without ever leaving Manhattan. Head uptown (waaaaay uptown) and enjoy some solitude at this gorgeous garden.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 7, 2016
    Parking is extremely limited. If you come on a weekend (and drive), you might have to wait 30-45 mins for a spot. Bathroom lines tend to be very long, too. Prepare yourself!
  • Lana H.
    Lana HazouOctober 20, 2010
    Peaceful, beautiful...
  • Caitlin K.
    Caitlin KAugust 16, 2011
    Relax in the gardens and take a stroll in the surrounding grounds
  • Joonseok O.
    Joonseok OhAugust 25, 2012
    My favorite place in NYC. A bus takes you directly to the entrance
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