The Met Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York City

4.5

The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its architectural and artistic works are largely from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Its four cloisters; the Cuxa, Bonnefont, Trie and Saint-Guilhem cloisters, were sourced from French monasteries and abbeys. Its early collection was built up by the American sculptor, art dealer and collector George Grey Barnard, and acquired by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1925. Rockefeller extended the collection and in 1931 purchased the site at Washington Heights and contracted the design for the Cloisters building. The design, layout and ambiance of the building is intended to evoke a sense of the Medieval European monastic life through its architecture. The museum contains approximately 5000 medieval works of art from the Mediterranean and Europe, mostly from the 12th to 15th centuries, that is from the Byzantine to the early renaissance periods, but also works dating from the bronze and early iron ages.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Tue

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Wed

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Thu

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Fri

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Sat

    10:00 - 16:45

  • Sun

    10:00 - 16:45

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Reviews

  • Colleen Flett

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    This is a great Museum to visit any time of year. However, spring is my favorite time to visit. The blooming flowers make the gardens even more beautiful then usual. If possible take the garden tour so that you can learn about the plants and how they have changed due to cultivation. The museum of known for their medieval artifacts, which are great. There are also many architectural structures that come from medieval times. I only wish it was easier to tell the original ones from the reproductions.

  • Ben Hew

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    I wish that this place were a bit easier to get to - but that might make it lose some of its charm as I'm sure it may get too busy as a result of it being a wonderful. I enjoyed the mix of both classic/modern fashion (the current theme was wedding related wear - perhaps due to the royal wedding happening around the time of my visit) along with the manicured outdoor gardens. I wish I'd budgeted more time to spend there.

  • Tara Tai

    5
    - 25 May 2018 -

    This is a beautiful extension of the Met, albeit very far uptown. To get to the Cloisters you have to take a nice stroll through Fort Tyron park. Once there, there are periodic guided tours or you can simply wander through the courtyards and view the tapestries yourself. Note that as of March, non-NY residents have to buy tickets, the Met is no longer operating on a donation only ticketing system.

  • Lind Phillips

    5
    - 19 May 2018 -

    The Cloisters are a wonderful place. Pieces of antiquity put together into a fabulous museum. It is the home of the unicorn tapestries and Cloisters with wonderful plantings. Many religious statues and tapestries. Multiple levels but you can get assistance with an elevator. Seating in the different cloisters for a break. Cafe available. Special exhibits. Right now they have part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibit.

  • Emily G

    5
    - 08 May 2018 -

    Feel transported to Medieval Europe at this hilltop museum overlooking the Hudson River. Between the quaint gardens, sunlit indoor chapels, and elegant tapestry rooms you can easily spend an entire afternoon. The seven individual hangings known as "The Unicorn Tapestries" were among the most pleasantly surprising artifacts on display - instantly recognizable by anyone who obsessed over "The Last Unicorn" film as much as I did as a child.

  • Ray Anthony Roderos

    5
    - 26 January 2018 -

    One of the hidden gems of New York City. It mostly houses artifacts from the medieval period of Europe but it's atmosphere and environment is a breath of fresh air from all the modern buildings of Manhattan. It's pretty far up north and a bit out of the way compared to the other museums the city has to offer But those who choose to go here won't regret here. Tip: It's free for Columbia students

  • Amit Biswas

    3
    - 17 January 2018 -

    I wasn't happy visiting that museum. Had to walk 20 minutes inside of Bryant Park to reach there. Interior is cozy and dark. And the guards act like they are presidents. Idk why they didn't let people enter some rooms, but other groups went there by showing some special tickets. I don't recommend this museum. Instead, visit Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Mary Evelyn Smith

    5
    - 16 January 2018 -

    Beautiful setting and collection. The grounds are amazing and so well tended. It is a bit further than other Manhattan museums but worth the trip. A perfect jewel of a museum.

  • Daniel Felizardo

    4
    - 26 December 2017 -

    Very cool museum of mideval art, objects, and architecture. It has things from 1000-1800 and it is interesting watching the styles and sophistication change over the years. There is a fair amount of ambiguity in some of the pieces, it's tough to be sure about the specifics of some of the exhibits. I really liked the tapestries of the unicorns and the playing cards. The museum asks for donations but you do not need to pay to enter if money is tight. Enough stuff to see for an afternoon.

  • Carolyn Parker

    5
    - 10 October 2017 -

    It is awesome. You become a time traveler and you can see and feel the spirit of each artist. You also meet so many wonderful people who are of like minds. And, of course. I have nothing but praise for every employee. They are all warm, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. It is always hard for me to leave. The MET Cloisters is a definite must visit. They even have a gift shop that will surely have something for you.

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