Located near the northern most tip of Manhattan is the Met Cloisters in Fort Tyron Park. As the same suggests the Cloisters is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that has several galleries throughout the city. The park is situated on top of a grand hill in the park, providing views of the Hudson and New York City. Although visitors can drive up the hill, there are also several pathways that lead up to the Cloisters within the park that involve neat stone steps or beautiful wooded areas.
The Cloisters is designed to look like church cloisters and in fact incorporates the reconstruction of four different cloisters, as well as pieces from various monasteries and abbeys. Thus the building itself is a piece of artwork that brings together varying architectures of former church buildings into one grand work of art.
Inside the Cloisters the artwork matches the building’s design as it is full of medieval pieces. The works of art position themselves nicely with the architecture as a large array of the pieces are from former churches. There is a wide variety of art including iconography, paintings, sculptures, pieces of architecture, tapestries, and various forms of religious art. The collection is an absolutely phenomenal compilation and is fantastically displayed within the museum.
When we visited we spent a couple hours at the museum and felt as if we fully saw the museum, making it a great afternoon activity. Since it is located in Fort George we were able to see a part of New York City we most likely would not have ventured to since it was a bit far. Overall, the collection and the museum are incredible, making it one of our absolute favorite NYC attractions.
Side Note: The Met Cloisters, like the Met is pay what you wish and is also part of the Bank of America free admittance of the first Saturday of the month.