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The Cloisters Museum and Gardens New York

Mar 21st 2014

In one of the most cutting edge cities in the world, you’ll feel as though you’ve gone back in time when you visit the Cloisters Museum in Washington Heights.

It may have been constructed in the 1930s, but it feels much more historical. The museum is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. Situated atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River, the museum boasts spectacular views and a unique experience.

There are approximately two thousand works of art from medieval Europe exhibited in the museum. One of the more famous collections is the Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries, a must see exhibit!

Cloisters are covered walkways and courtyards typically found in religious institutions. The Cloisters Museum was recreated from five 15th century French monasteries from which sections were disassembled and brought to New York to be reassembled. The contents inside however are as old as they look; it houses notable medieval art and architecture collections.

Three of the reconstructed cloisters feature beautiful gardens, which would have been authentic to the time period, as they were landscaped according to horticultural information obtained from medieval records.

There is also a large park surrounding the museum, which makes you almost forget you’re still in the city. This is a great attraction for families so don’t miss out!

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