We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Cleopatra's Needle

Neighbourhood: Manhattan
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: Upper East Side at 81st Street., Central Park, New York City, NY
Website
Today
15:30 - 03:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 02:00
Mon - Tue 15:30 - 02:00
Wed - Thu 15:30 - 03:00
Fri - Sat 15:30 - 04:00
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 39.19*
and up
Central Park Bike Tour
More Info
US$ 45.00*
and up
Small-Group Central Park Bike Tour
More Info
US$ 55.00*
and up
Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 69 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Peaceful little spot

Lovely peaceful little spot, the monument, not the restaurant as some reviews seem to have confused. If you like your Egyptian history- it's worth a look.

Reviewed 20 September 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 30: English reviews
Mahwah, New Jersey
Level Contributor
89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply amazed that a genuine Egyptian obelisk dating to 1600 BC can actually exist in Central Park. One of the most interesting and very cool treasures in this city full of endless things to discover.

Helpful?
Thank JennAndDeanGo2Dinner
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

One of two obelisks relocated from Cairo. The twin monument is in London. I found this to be one of the most interesting things I visited in Central Park.

Helpful?
Thank ElJefedeDiablo
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
107 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

The only Egyptian Obelisk in the United States is located in New York’s Central Park behind (or in the front depending on how you look at it) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a fantastic example of an ancient Egyptian obelisk. An obelisk is a tall four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top,... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank CPaM68
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely peaceful little spot, the monument, not the restaurant as some reviews seem to have confused. If you like your Egyptian history- it's worth a look.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Compared to most of Central Park this was a really quiet spot that didn't seen to attract too many tourists. A fascinating story and great to see such an old relic. Well worth a visit

Helpful?
Thank eek-i-saw-a-mouse
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Level Contributor
1,488 reviews
824 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,648 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

With this one piece of statuary we got a lesson in Egyptian hieroglyphics from this genuine Egyptian monument brought here from its original location in Egypt. From ground level it is difficult to see the entire surface, but for a very good view, take your binoculars to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we did today, and... More 

Helpful?
Thank LWL3333
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
1,652 reviews
743 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Two secrets, actually. The first: the hill the needle stands on is called Greywacke Knoll but the needle stands on granite and the knoll is not made of greywacke; greywacke is a kind of relatively soft sandstone. Instead, the knoll is named after the Greywacke Arch named for the variety of Hudson Valley sandstone with which it is built. Just... More 

Helpful?
Thank robcurtross
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
198 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Cleopatra's Needle, an authentic Egyptian obelisk, is a Central Park landmark, located behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It makes sense, given that the Met is most famous for its Egyptian collection.

Helpful?
Thank MrSaturn64
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
334 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was a cool find: we were waiting to help move our son out of Manhattan, and we stumbled upon Cleopatra's Needle. It's amazing. This is a twin of the one in London: it was made during the reign of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The NYC needle The New York "needle" was the first to acquire the nickname, "L'aiguille de... More 

Helpful?
Thank dcr1837
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
1,161 reviews
733 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,397 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

How can you not love the London, Paris, and NYC Needle story?!? What a fascinating piece of history sitting right behind the MET.

Helpful?
4 Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere

Travellers who viewed Cleopatra's Needle also viewed

 

Been to Cleopatra's Needle? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cleopatra's Needle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?