It is just called the Cloister because it was designed as a cloister to house the treasures that were from the medieval times mostly taken from old Churches and monasteries in France and Spain and to evoke the feeling of being in a monastery which during that time, housed most of the treasures of the time.
Located in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights in New York, this place can easily be reached by subway which is faster or by bus (M4) from Manhattan with the Cloister as its last stop. Just be prepared to sit on the bus longer. Though the trip is long, the quiet, calm and history the place offers is worth all of that. You can spend the whole day here, bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens, the displays and the river meandering right around the front of the Museum.
Besides, it will give you a glimpse of the lively Latino section of Bronx, New York. Because we took the subway going, we got out into the streets of Bronx and then, walked to Washington Heights. For me, it was a surprise to be speaking in Spanish when asking for directions and to hear Spanish as the language in the streets. Simply shows how metropolitan New York is.
Below is the entrance to the Museum. You can see that it is part of the Met so keep your tickets. You can use it at the Met the next day or if you were first at the Met you can use your ticket from the Met to see this place.
The Cuxa cloisters were originally at the Benedictine Abbey of Sant Miquel de Cuixà on Mount Canigou, which was founded in 878 in the northeast French Pyrenees.
The Saint-Guilhem cloisters were taken from the site of the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, and date from 804 AD to the 1660s.
The Bonnefont collection were originally from several French monasteries, but mostly come from a late 12th-century CistercianAbbaye de Bonnefont at Bonnefont-en-Comminges, southwest of Toulouse. You can see the Chapter Hall of the Abbey in the picture above.
The Trie cloisters was compiled from two late 15th- to early 16th-century French structures. Most of its components came from the Carmelite convent at Trie-sur-Baïse in south-western France.