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The Met Cloisters, New York City

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One of the city's hidden gems, The Met Cloisters incorporates parts from five abbeys disassembled in Europe and reconstructed in New York between 1934 and 1939. Situated on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, this building now forms an integral part of a medieval-style complex designed by architect Charles Collens. You can stroll through the surrounding herb gardens or walk into the on-site museum to see an extensive collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe, including limestone windows and altarpieces designed in the 15th century. To learn the history behind the exhibits, pick up an audio guide at the entrance. For The Met Cloisters and beyond, use our New York City day trip app to get the most from your New York City vacation.
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  • The MET Cloisters has an extensive collection of medieval works of art. It's a truly immersive space to be in - there's even a gardening area where you can see what plants were referenced in art... 
    The MET Cloisters has an extensive collection of medieval works of art. It's a truly immersive space to be in - there's even a gardening area where you can see what plants were referenced in art...  more »
  • Such a beautiful gem tucked away in upper Manhattan! I’m not a huge museum person (can’t stay focused) but I am a sucker for architecture and loved how all these European artifacts were displayed in.....  more
    Such a beautiful gem tucked away in upper Manhattan! I’m not a huge museum person (can’t stay focused) but I am a sucker for architecture and loved how all these European artifacts were displayed in.....  more »
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  • Both a museum and gardens, this is a great summer activity in NYC. You can either come to inspect every artwork and read every placard, or just stroll around and take in the atmosphere. There is also a small cafe cart with seating in a nice courtyard. If you want to bring your own, there is a bodega near the park where the cloisters is located, but they are cash-only.
  • Good and different experience if you're looking for something out of the ordinary in NYC. It's long enough of a drive that you'll feel like you're leaving the city if you're coming from Brooklyn or Downtown. The collection and the grounds are magnificent, there is a Medieval focus here at the Cloisters however so be aware it is only Medieval pieces. If you find your way onto any of the outdoor spaces you'll find beautiful surrounding views.

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