The Met Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York City

(4 111)

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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  • Ray Anthony Roderos

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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.

  • Tahsin Farid

    - 02 October 2017 -

    Really nice public place in Washington Heights. The gardens and surroundings are a very nice walk. The museum itself has a good collection, especially the treasury. The views of the Hudson from inside the museum are very nice.

  • Teodora Vlad

    - 02 September 2017 -

    Visited during the week, there are multiple gardens to see and the museum itself has a good variety of religious art on display. If you are hungry, there is a small stand offering sandwiches and coffee, no cooked food and it's not an actual cafe like the website made it sound. I think it would require at least 3 hours or so to visit the entire thing.

  • Katie Hamilton-Meier

    - 01 September 2017 -

    So extremely beautiful and absolutely worth visiting. And even revisiting. Because its stunning. HOWEVER, you must be prepared for two things. 1. There are absolutely no signs as you walk throughout the park to direct you. On top of this, there is construction that blocks you at a few different turns. So all you can do is ask clueless passerby or look up the hill and take your best guess. This led to it taking us probably twenty minutes from the park's entrance to the Cloisters. If you are able to call ahead and talk with someone about what Park entrance you'll be using, it would probably be very helpful. We had a much easier time getting out (probably only a five minute walk). 2. Grumpy people at the main desk. Why be grumpy?? But if you go prepared to jump trough these hoops, you'll be absolutely fine. And bring your camera because picture taking is allowed!

  • Nicasio Zanetti

    - 11 August 2017 -

    I love the cloisters because it's removed from downtown and walking through Fort Tryon park can still be almost serene and peaceful (despite the raging highway just to the west). The actual cloisters in the museum are lovely in the off-hours, you may actually feel as though you are in Italy. Don't bother with the cloister cafe, it's overpriced and the coffee is truly shameful. Bring a reusable water bottle with some nice white wine hidden in it and enjoy the flowers and the herb garden.

  • G M

    - 14 May 2017 -

    I've been to the Cloisters dozens of times and love it. The rooms are set out very nicely and it's a great feeling to walk around among the works. Free and easy parking around the Cloisters. In the spring and summer they have a little "cafe" for salads and soft drinks. An occasion lecture or concert is a bonus. The greeting staff is kind and helpful but THE SECURITY GUARDS ARE NOT FRIENDLY AT ALL and seem to go out of their way to bother you. I'm a member of the Met so entrance is free but it's certainly worth the price of admission.

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