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Queens, New York
July 12, 2007
From journal A Cheap July 4th in NYC
October 19, 2006
From journal Entertainment in New York City
Brooklyn, New York
August 18, 2006
From journal A Local's Highlights of New York City
by Jose Kevo
October 9, 2005
The museum itself combines an ancient rural church facade with regal castle qualities, perhaps the biggest disappointment being that the bell tower isn't open for elevated viewings. A coolness permeates the stone core through dungeon-like hallways that open into mini-chapels that have incorporated structure parts from churches and cathedrals across Europe. Intricate carvings and details within the pieces are clearly labeled with significance outlined on fine-print placards that are rather difficult to read in the darkened interiors, which also deters viewing, especially in the tapestry rooms. Consider bringing a pen flashlight and reading glasses. Photo opportunities are limited, with flash photography prohibited.
Some of the most impressive pieces of chalices and religious icons of precious metals are tucked away in the air-controlled Campin Room, easily overlooked with its small, closed entry. Don't miss the glass case displaying 52 odd-shaped, oversized items that are numbered and in four different styles. They're believed to be one of the first decks of playing cards. Other museum must-sees include the Gothic Chapel burial vaults and the Glass Gallery.
However, most impressive are the four separate cloisters that have been reassembled representing different Middle Age periods from the south of France and Pyrénées regions. The smallest is the Saint-Guilhem Cloister, with the most intricate and ornate detail, especially within the support columns that surround the marbled center. The Cuxa Cloister is heart of the museum and most traditional. During winter, the area is enclosed with glass to maintain a year-round outdoor setting.
On the lower level, the Bonnefort Cloister takes on more of a garden atmosphere without the open-air, covered walkways that enclose most cloisters. Benches are scattered about the plants. A waist-high wall surrounds the area featuring placid views of Fort Tryon Park and the River Valley that sprawls beyond. At the admissions desk, when first entering, make sure to pick up the brochure entitled Garden's of the Cloisters, which gives detail to religious and medicinal purposes of why gardens held such importance.
The back wall with stone-arched porticos peers into the Trie Cloister, which doubles as museum-café from May to October. Tables line narrow passageways which hem a small, peaceful garden centered with traditional sculpted fountain. Sandwiches start at $7.50, and chips, fruit,and other snacks/drinks are $2.50+.
From journal Overlooking Manhattan Island's Heights Unknown
May 1, 2005
From journal 10 Under-the-Radar Things to Do in NYC
New York, New York
April 24, 2005
Rockefeller bought the land across the river from the Cloisters and donated it to the state on the condition it was never developed, thus the wonderful green views.
The Cloisters Museum contains is primarily composed of architectural and religious artifacts from medieval Europe. Entire church interiors have been recreated stone-by-stone. The highlights of the museum are a famous collection of unicorn tapestries and the series of cloistered gardens.
FYI: If you don't mind a leisurely return trip downtown and would like to check out the scenery of Manhattan aboveground, take the no. 4 city bus across from the entrance to the Cloisters. It will take you all the way to MET.
From journal The Caves of New York
November 10, 2001
The park is full of old trees, wonderful gardens, and walking paths. There is a great view of the Hudson River cliffs. On a sunny day in early November, the fall colors were still stunning.
The Cloisters Museum itself is built to look like an ancient monastery. Portions of true medieval structures are incorporated into the building, and exhibits are organized by timeline. You start in the very early middle ages and work your way towards the early Renaissance, which makes it easy to see the remarkable evolution of painting and sculpture techniques over a 400 year period.
The Cloisters also has a great collection of textiles, including the famous tapestry series "The Capture of the Unicorn".
To get to the Cloisters, take the A express subway train (about 30 minutes) or the M4 bus (about an hour).
From journal Manhattan: High Style on Low Bucks
November 6, 2000
The Cloisters is a collection of parts of five medieval French cloisters (monastic religious rooms), combined with an astonishingly large collection of various related artifacts from a number of similar sites. You can visit the Cloister's information site here. Cloisters
The overall experience is very calming. The Cloisters are set within a large park, and it's a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city, particularly if you're not used to the constant motion and sound of urban areas.
It's quiet and cool inside, and while there are helpful guides around, the museum is much more suited for wandering, than for listening to a tour guide's practiced spiel. Even if you're not a terribly religious person, the Cloisters will leave you feeling spiritual, and more attuned to the environment around you. Be warned, though, you may not want to leave.
From journal A Week in International New York, NY
New York City, New York
June 25, 2000
From journal Discovering a Diverse New York