I've been dying to visit the Cloisters for nearly two years... TWO YEARS! Finally, the boyfriend and I blocked out a chunk of time and made our way to the tippy-top of Manhattan (on a very rainy day mind you). And I can finally see why people name Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters one of their favorite spots. For starters, the view is amazing and the atmosphere is undeniably tranquil.
Photos by Victor Cerejo.
The museum itself is pretty small in comparison to the Metropolitan Museum. It's dedicated to Renaissance art and architecture, so if you're easily bored by pre-1700 art, I'd say the best way to enjoy this place is by going on a guided tour. You'll be able to enjoy art from a different and more knowledgeable expert. Tip alert: If you visit the Met Museum, a great incentive to get you up to the Cloisters is that the admission is free, sort of like a two for one deal. Another amazing thing about the Cloisters is you can practice your sketching (as in figure drawing), there are so many benches and sculptures it's sort of ideal to do it here. Another tip alert: Pack a lunch and a blanket and enjoy the view and food, after touring all the renaissance art, and bask in the tranquility of Fort Tryon Park.
I will definitely be visiting the Cloisters again, but this time I'll avoid going during a monsoon.
For more information please visit: Visit The Cloisters.