Most New Yorkers can say they have visited the Metropolitan Museum. But have most New Yorkers visited the “sister” museum located in the tip of Manhattan called The Cloisters located in Hudson Heights?
The Cloisters is located in the middle of Fort Tryon Park which can be entered in from 192nd Street of Fort Washington. If you’re taking the train, the easiest way to get there is to take the A express train to 191st Street or take the M4 bus.
The Cloisters is rich in history and culture; a place where American Indian tribes resided in the late 17th century and is remembered for the turnaround in the American Revolution on November 16, 1776. Not surprising to mention; John D. Rockefeller purchased the land in 1917 and thus we are able to enjoy the fruits of history, art, and culture. The castle itself is designed as a villa mansion, where medieval art is the primary theme in the museum.
Although the museum is much smaller than the Metropolitan Museum, two of my favorite reasons to continue coming back here is because of the beautiful Medieval Garden. You’ll be transported to a different place and time; forgetting you are in New York, there’s authenticity in the art work and nature that surrounds the castle.
Another reason I love coming back is to visit the famous Unicorn art series. Crafted on drapes and sewn in silver and gold foil; it’s truly a work of art you would have to see and determine for youself if the unicorn has resurrected as a prisoner or content in a garden on its own will.
Many New Yorkers don’t realize how much history, art, and culture resides in Hudson Heights; and The Cloisters is able to capture this truth.
For more information visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters
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