The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art is an amazing world renowned museum in Manhattan known for its incredible art and photography exhibits, but there’s more to The Met than its Upper West Side location.
If you travel to the northern most tip of Manhattan, in the Washington Heights section, is a hidden gem that not many people realize is owned by The Met. The Cloisters is where The Met displays its medieval European art and architecture. But it’s the view after hiking up the path to this museum that is also worth seeing as well as the immaculate courtyards and stained glass windows throughout. Since The Cloisters sits on a hilltop, walking up can be quite the exercise, but the reward is the breathtaking views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge. There’s also a bus that drops you off in front of the museum, but the trek is quite worth it.
I wouldn’t recommend doing both The Met and The Cloisters in one day because of travel in-between and the fact there is so much to see in each museum, but it’s good to know that your ticket for the Met is also valid here within the same day.
Don’t feel obligated to pay the suggested price of $25. The Cloisters is one of the few museums in Manhattan that are “pay what you wish.”