The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Fort Tryon Park in New York City. In addition to containing an impressive collection of art and artifacts from medieval Europe, the Cloisters is one of the city's most famous architectural landmarks. This beautiful museum on a hill overlooking the Hudson River was constructed using parts of five European abbeys which were shipped to the city in the 1930s and reconstructed. It is also known for its spectacular gardens, which were created based on information found in medieval documents and manuscripts.
Things to Do
- Explore the collection! Highlights include the only complete set of ordinary playing cards from the 15th century, illuminated books, and fascinating medieval manuscripts.
- Take a guided tour of the museum and gardens! Tours that focus on museum highlights are offered at 3:00 p.m. every day except Saturday.
- Attend one of the museum's great family programs, which are free with admission and allow children and their families to do fun-filled activities together.
The Cloisters Insider Tips
- The Cloisters does have suggested admission prices, but if they're not within your budget you can still visit while paying what you can afford.
- You can reach the museum using public transportation by taking the A train to 190th Street, which is a short walk away, or taking the M4 bus. If you're driving, free parking is available in Fort Tryon Park.
- Go to a concert in the Cloisters! Medieval music concerts are often held in the beautiful 12th century Fuentidueña Chapel which was brought to New York City from Spain.
- Make sure to bring along a camera so that you can take photos of the building, gardens, and their spectacular views of the city.