bucket list takedown: the cloisters

thewino1I’m proud to announce that with under a week left in New York City, I’m more than halfway through my bucket list! Aaand curtsy.

Fourth on my list was The Cloisters, a satellite section of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated solely to Medieval art and architecture, located at the very northwestern tip of Manhattan. To get to The Cloisters, you can catch the subway from anywhere in Manhattan ($2.25 for a single ride), but it requires a few line transfers if you’re heading from the Met building on the Upper East Side. Coming up from the subway stop at 190th street, you feel as though you’re in rural Connecticut rather than blocks away from Harlem.

You can opt to take bus through Fort Tyron Park to the Cloisters doorstep, but I highly recommend making the walk along the Hudson instead. It will only set you back 15 minutes (or a half hour if you’re like us and stop every few feet to snap some photos), and the views are phenomenal.

The Cloister’s itself was built in 1938, but actual architectural structures from Medieval Europe were incorporated into its foundation. Each room features fireplaces, original stained glass windows, furniture, and art from countries across Europe and spanning centuries.

For anyone visiting Manhattan, this is a site-seeing MUST, if only for the walk through Fort Tyron park.

Four items down, three to go. Wish me luck on my final week!

yours truly,
the wino



  1. ciableu
    November 18, 2011 / 10:33

    Great info and photos. A place not everyone might hear of except from a “local”. Thanks and good luck in your new adventure.

    • November 18, 2011 / 11:11

      definitely recommended, it was beautiful! also, much like the met: though their suggested donation is $25, you’re encouraged to give what you can–we opted to pay $5 for our entrance fee. xo!

  2. the Hubs
    November 18, 2011 / 16:31

    The views across the river with the leaves changing were awesome!

  3. November 21, 2011 / 00:35

    I had no idea the Cloisters existed. It’s definitely on my list the next time I’m in New York.

    • November 21, 2011 / 07:35

      you’ll love it! we can’t recommend it enough–just make sure you pick a day when the weather is gorgeous so you can fully enjoy the park 🙂

    • August 21, 2012 / 07:19

      we weren’t entirely sure what to expect but it ended up being one of our favorite things we’ve done in the city!
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    • August 22, 2012 / 11:07

      it’s a really quick & easy commute from manhattan–especially from the upper west side. definitely worth the trip!
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    • August 22, 2012 / 11:09

      we loved learning about the history. inwood doesn’t get enough credit–it really was pretty up there!
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    • August 22, 2012 / 11:13

      it really didn’t feel remotely close to the city–it was hard to believe we were still in manhattan. definitely recommend going in the fall when the leaves are changing!
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  4. August 22, 2012 / 14:26

    Love the pictures! I’m so ready for fall 🙂 When I finally get to NYC, The Cloisters will be on my list!

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