Go back in time at The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Anyone who’s read a textbook on New York City will tell you to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its Fifth Avenue building houses works spanning over 5,000 years, including paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and more. But there’s a lot more to be seen. About a 20-minute drive uptown from that Met you’ll find The Met Cloisters, located in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. Dedicated to European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts, The Cloisters’ name comes from the four cloisters (covered walkways/open galleries) that form the building. The cloisters themselves -- Cuxa, Bonnefont, Trie, and Saint-Guilhem -- were sourced from French monasteries and abbeys and brought from Europe in the 1930s. At their home in Washington Heights, their new job -- to protect works of art dating back to the 12th century -- is, while certainly less religious, just as important.