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

  • Renee Back

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    What a beautiful place! I am not into religious art, but if you are, this is the place to come. What I loved was the architecture. Some of my favorite pictures were taken here. It is so peaceful and yet so awe-inspiring. I had been to the Met several times but this was my first excursion to Cloisters. Even tho it was quite the subway ride and then a walk up a very steep hill, it was worth it.

  • Sonia Frederickson

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    Amazing museum! Well worth the trip out here. It is beautiful to walk around, and it has nice views and gardens which makes for such a pleasant experience. Try to make it for the Costume Institute exhibit as it goes so well with the rest of the museum. You couldn’t pick a better place to display it if you tried!

  • Roof NY

    5
    - 15 August 2018 -

    This is a Great place to stop when your in New York City. Not to far out of the way coming in. I had such a good time and there was so many cool things to see from the middle ages. I was surprised how much of that time slot in history we have here on display. Definitely won't regret stopping. From old chalices to the architecture. Carpets, doors, doorways, pillars, clothing, books, even one of the known original deck of playing cards, handmade. Recreation of the crown of thorns. Detailed Coffins, alters, etc etc... Bring a good camera!

  • Charlie Yang

    4
    - 12 August 2018 -

    This museum is quite large and has wonderful displays. I definitely recommend getting a guide to explain things to you in detail because not only do they describe the displays and its history to you but they also often mention an artwork or statue that you wouldn't have noticed. They also often explain the history of the building itself which is quite interesting and fascinating. The displays are all in great condition and definitely instagram worthy. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and family.

  • Madelline Castillo

    5
    - 29 July 2018 -

    Definitely worth the trip uptown. It's a beautiful Enclave in Upper Manhattan that will make you feel far away from the city. You can take the M4 or the A Train. it's quite a hike from the A but if you are into that you'll enjoy the walk. The Heavenly Bodies exhibit it's on until November. it's magnificent.

  • Garrett Norris

    5
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Small museum compared to the likes of The Met but admission grants you access there as well if you want to make a trip out of it. The gardens are beautiful in springtime when everything is blooming and it's very nice to sit outside and people-watch after taking a walk through the inside. My favorite part is the treasure room, where they keep some of their oldest and most valuable pieces. I also love the unicorn tapestries.

  • Eli Reiter

    5
    - 20 July 2018 -

    Obviously crowded as it's a NYC tourist attraction. Go in the mornings. Better than other museums because it feels less sanitized. I love the cloisters because it is so integrated with history and contemporary culture. The structure is old and tells a tale of the past. The outside, the park, tells a tale of the living-contemporary biological forces like the trees and grass. Plus the most obvious living things-people. We locals love Fort Tryon Park. Come to the park and the museum.

  • Sam Poat

    5
    - 18 July 2018 -

    An unbelievable place! The religious art and architecture is awesome and beautiful. The grounds and the view of the Hudson River are worth the trip alone. Definitely with the price of admission in which you can spend many hours here. If you are a Christian and especially a Catholic you will find this place fascinating with its rich history or artifacts and treasures.

  • Andie Haddad

    5
    - 27 June 2018 -

    So glad we finally got to make it up here!! Definitely worth the trip. Get ready for a lot of walking, especially if you walk from the subway through the park to get to the actual Cloisters, it's shady but pretty hilly. The cloisters themselves are lovely, great permanent collections and we got to see Heavenly Bodies which was really cool. They do a great job of making the collections flow with the rest of the exhibits. Make sure to go outside and check out the garden of all the herbs people used in olden times!

  • Lupe H

    5
    - 14 June 2018 -

    The best place to go for looking back at all of ancient medieval history & more! A beautiful, breathtaking atmosphere that’s bound to excite you as soon as you walk in. The garden is AMAZING. So well kept during the winter & the summer. I highly recommend this to tourists or anyone else who’s looking for some fun to do around Washington Heights. Also, If you’re a college student, they let you pay by a donation of any amount. Love this place a lot! ❤️❤️ I always tell people about it and they’re missing out big time!

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