“ Fort Tyron Park. Tel: +1 (212) 923 3700. Admission through donation (suggested as $7 adults and $3.50 senior citizens and students). Includes admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the same day. No credit cards. Disabled access. „
If you've been to NY a couple of times before or are there for longer the the average 4 nights during the summer months then Fort Tyron Park and the Cloisters are worth a visit. Situated in North Manhattan on the Hudson River, easily accessible from Mid-town Manhattan, we took the subway up (A Train to 190th St and then a 5-10 min walk) and the bus back (M4) - the bus back was interesting as you get to see parts of Manhattan that, as a tourist, you probably would get to see and I definately recommend this.
The entry fee to the Cloister's is only 'suggested' therefore if you are tight for money you can make a donation, as much or as little as you can afford.
I'm not a fan of Museums, this one contains specifically european medieval works of art - not my thing but the people we were with really enjoyed it. Why I think it's worth a visit are the grounds, they're lovely, the building itself is also picture worthy (inside and out) as are the views of the Hudson. Plus sometimes, whilst the hustle and bustle of Manhattan is nice, it's lovely to get away from it all and this is what, to me, Fort Tryon and the cloister's provide.
Little background info - Rockefeller not only donated his collection and brought the land for a park and museum but also purchased the land in NJ opposite to turn it in to a public park in order that that the view from the museum wasn't spoilt by buildings.
I've given it 4 stars rather than 5 because I honestly dont think it's worth taking the time out to visit if you are only in NY for a short time or you haven't been to NY before.
The Cloisters is affiliated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you can visit both museums on the one ticket. The Cloisters is a little way out of the centre of the city and you will need to get the subway. It is well worth it though. The Cloisters is a beautiful and peaceful monastry-like building and is a wonderful place to go if the noise and bustle of the city is getting a little too much for you. The museum mostly contains medieval European art/sculpture/artifacts etc. The museum is beautifully set out and it's very calming to walk around. I found lots to interest me in the museum, although it did seem strange to go to America and end up walking around a museum looking at British stuff! I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone with a love of art and history. If you like photography take your camera as the cloistered garden is very pretty.