Cleopatra's Needle
Cleopatra's Needle
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3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
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3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
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3:30 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
3:30 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
3:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
3:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central Park
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 8 min walk
  • 86th St • 9 min walk
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I am familiar with Cleopatra's Needle in London. This is on the banks of the River Thames. I did not know there was one in New York as well so it was an unexpected treat.

Close to the back of the museum it stands above the trees nearby and is one of the many monuments you can hunt down whilst on your visit to Central Park.
Written 6 January 2024
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Tom J
London, UK1,622 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
There are many things to see and do in Central Park but if history is the aim, Cleopatras Needle provides the best option! At over 3500 years old it is truly remarkable how well this artefact has stood the test of time.

A lovely spot close to the MET where you can sit on a bench and just admire the craftsmanship that it took all those years ago when this was created. The fact that the hieroglyphics are so well visible really gets the imagination racing especially considering this was created pre-Cleopatra herself!
Written 30 August 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,688 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Cleopatra’s Needle is one of those things that is amazing in most places but is no big deal in New York City. It’s a towering obelisk that dates back 3,500 years (1,500 years before Cleopatra), was toppled in antiquity, rediscovered and gifted to NYC by the ruler of Egypt a century ago. It’s installed in Central Park in view of the Met and most of the hieroglyphic carvings covering it remain visible.
Written 19 January 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,470 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Cleopatra’s Needle is similar to others you will see in many city’s around the world. Not sure how authentic it is and they mostly lack imagination.
Written 17 May 2022
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,571 contributions
Apr 2022
We were lucky enough to see this when the cherry blossoms were in bloom. This is a very old obelisk and worth a quick peek.
Written 22 April 2022
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Stan Tecza
Connecticut5,760 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Cleopatras Needle is situated in Central Park by the Metropolitan museum so it’s a great location to visit when sight seeing. Lots of other monuments in the park. Lobels butcher nearby to the needle and museum which was founded in 1840 but the prices are ridiculously expensive.
Written 21 February 2022
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,144 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
While visiting central Park, we casually incurred into cleopatra's needle, which is an Egyptian obelisk located in Central Park.
The piece of art was given by Egypt to the United States, and there are three of them, one in Paris, one in London and this one in NY.
I have also come across a similar one in Rome, but I suppose there are more of them around the world.
I was impressed particularly by its age, which was said to be at least one thousand year old at the age of Cleopatra.
Although a bit out of place, it was nice admiring such a piece of art in a public park.
Written 26 March 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,470 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Taking a jog around the park unveils many interesting things - including this Egyptian monument to Cleopatra! Interesting to day the least!
Written 2 March 2020
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,782 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Located within the Central Park, the needle can be seen from far. It's mounted upon a small hill. Up close the gigantic size of the obelisk is impressive. It's a wonder how they got it up there. Dates back to 1600BC. There's plaque below with hieroglyphics translation.
Written 30 January 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,470 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Egyptian themed needle in the middle of Central Park. Looks great although slightly out of place in the USA!
Written 1 November 2019
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