Fodor's Expert Review The Met Cloisters

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The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, Upper West Side, New York City, New York, USA.

Perched on a wooded hill in Fort Tryon Park, near Manhattan's northwestern tip, the Cloisters museum and gardens houses part of the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is a scenic destination in its own right. Colonnaded walks connect authentic French and Spanish monastic cloisters, a French Romanesque chapel, a 12th-century chapter house, and a Romanesque apse. One room is devoted to the 15th- and 16th-century Unicorn Tapestries, which date to 1500—a must-see masterpiece of medieval mythology. The tomb effigies are another highlight. Two of the three enclosed gardens shelter more than 250 species of plants similar to those grown during the Middle Ages, including flowers, herbs, and medicinals; the third is an ornamental garden.

Concerts of medieval music are held regularly, and there are holiday concerts in December (concert tickets include same-day admission to the museum). The outdoor Trie Café is open 11 to 4:15 daily, from April to October,... READ MORE

Perched on a wooded hill in Fort Tryon Park, near Manhattan's northwestern tip, the Cloisters museum and gardens houses part of the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is a scenic destination in its own right. Colonnaded walks connect authentic French and Spanish monastic cloisters, a French Romanesque chapel, a 12th-century chapter house, and a Romanesque apse. One room is devoted to the 15th- and 16th-century Unicorn Tapestries, which date to 1500—a must-see masterpiece of medieval mythology. The tomb effigies are another highlight. Two of the three enclosed gardens shelter more than 250 species of plants similar to those grown during the Middle Ages, including flowers, herbs, and medicinals; the third is an ornamental garden.

Concerts of medieval music are held regularly, and there are holiday concerts in December (concert tickets include same-day admission to the museum). The outdoor Trie Café is open 11 to 4:15 daily, from April to October, and serves sandwiches, coffee, and snacks.

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99 Margaret Corbin Dr.
New York, New York  10040, USA

212-923–3700

www.metmuseum.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $25 for 3-day ticket (includes Metropolitan Museum and Met Breuer); $25 suggested donation for New York State residents (full donation includes 3-day ticket to Metropolitan Museum and Met Breuer)

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