The MET Cloisters & MET Opera in Lincoln Center | New York City
Itinerary for a relaxed day spent exploring The MET Cloisters and Lincoln Center. Over the course of any trip to the City you need a little time to catch your breath. There is a lot to see and it can be an overwhelming place. Take a day to get out of the center of the city and enjoy a little art and little fresh air at The MET Cloisters. When you’re ready to head back into it, head to Lincoln Center and relax for the evening over a stroll or a show.
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Dyckman Street Subway Station
$ | Public Mass Transit
A blue line trains stop here making express stops
If you are looking to take public transportation to The Cloisters you can catch the A train which runs on the Blue Line. It makes express stops and one of them Dyckman Street will be just outside the park that The Cloisters is located in (about 8 minute walk).
The Met Cloisters
$25 for adults; $17 for seniors; free under 12 | Branch of the Metropolitan, showcasing medieval art in a French monastery overlooking the Hudson.
99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
The MET Cloisters is a very unique place. It’s a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, on a four-acre lot overlooking the Hudson River.
The space isn’t a copy of any specific medieval structure but is an ensemble of historical precedents, with a combination of ecclesiastical and secular spaces arranged in chronological order, including —Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been incorporated into the the building.
59th St - Columbus Circle
$ | Public Mass Transit
A blue line trains stop here making express stops (among many others)
If you leave the MET Cloisters and hop back on the A train heading downtown you can get off at 59th Street Columbus Circle for easy access to Central Park and Lincoln Center.
Lincoln Center & Juilliard Performances
Free | Performing Arts School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
Lincoln Center is a great place to make a visit. Whether you stop for a performance or just to walk the grounds you can checkout where the MET Opera performs, the New York City Ballet and the New York City Philharmonic all within a few feet of one another. There are also a variety of performances many designed for children as well as live televised Opera’s on the plaza for free throughout the summer.
Additionally you can checkout the Juilliard School for great performances. The Juilliard School is located the heart of Lincoln Center. It is widely regarded as one of the top performing arts schools in the world for music and dance. The list of notable students and faculty that have gone on to earn recognition in fields of dance, theater and music is to long to list but schools low acceptance rate of less than 7-8% of applicants means that the school develops top talent. The performances that the students produce are no exception. You will see the same caliber of artists performing as you will in any other venue across the city and typically for free or for a small fee. It's one of my favorite local tips to share!
Across the street from Lincoln Center you'll find a casual wine bar and coffee shop from famed Chef Daniel Boulud with standing tables over looking Lincoln Center. Perfect place to grab a coffee or a glass of wine before or after a performance.