The Cloisters is one of the most underrated museums in Manhattan. Located in Fort Tyron Park, Washington Heights, we highly recommend going at the beginning of spring.
The walk to the museum is enhanced with the presence of the flowers in full bloom.
The museum itself is a sight to behold. Five European abbeys were disassembled and shipped to New York City, which were then reconstructed to form The Cloisters.
The architecture is absolutely beautiful. Every section of the museum transports you back in time, much like entering a fairy tale.
If you are a fan of medieval art, this museum is definitely made for you. Even if you’re not particularly fond of it, I’m sure you’re able to marvel at the beauty of the works on display.
Unlike modern art, you can’t say “I can do that”, because the attention to detail and the techniques used are unlike any other.
The courtyards are so peaceful what with the little fountain in the center. We wished we brought a book or a picnic basket to just bask in the stillness.
It was a drastic change from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan.
It was also nice to be surrounded by nature once again. The park is different from Central Park which is huge but surrounded by skyscrapers.
The Cloisters is definitely a refreshing alternative to the other museums located in Manhattan. If you have a day to kill, we highly recommend treating yourself to this beauty of a place.
Photos by Alynna Tan.