Cleopatra's Needle
Cleopatra's Needle
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3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Monday
3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
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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  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,693 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful historical stop!
    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!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,948 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Close Encounter of the NYC Kind
    I discovered the Obelisk by accident in Central Park. When someone says Obelisk to me my first thought is to the movie - Close Encounters of the Third Kind when the large black box appears. The one in NYC is nothing like this one. Instead it is a relic from Egypt with inscriptions on it and it stands proudly above thee surrounding greenery. If you enjoy architecture or Eyptian history it's worth checking it out.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,948 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pointing Up!
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I discovered the Obelisk by accident in Central Park. When someone says Obelisk to me my first thought is to the movie - Close Encounters of the Third Kind when the large black box appears.

The one in NYC is nothing like this one. Instead it is a relic from Egypt with inscriptions on it and it stands proudly above thee surrounding greenery. If you enjoy architecture or Eyptian history it's worth checking it out.
Written 6 January 2024
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Tom J
London, UK1,693 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The ancient Egyptian obelisk otherwise known as Cleopatras Needle stands proudly in the east of Central Park, close to the MET.

A great historical spot to stop at and take in as at over 3500 years old this obelisk has aged very well!
Written 30 August 2023
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Tom J
London, UK1,693 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The obelisk is a cool Ancient Egyptian monument in Central Park. It was brought to New York City from Alexandria which originally came from Heliopolis. The obelisk is worth a visit.
Written 10 August 2023
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Louis F
Altus, OK1,110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
It is a cool obelisk from Egypt and there are signs with translations of the hieroglyphics. It was cool to check out while passing by.
Written 8 May 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Ireland29,791 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NV2,461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Deb W
Reno, NV2,461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We rode past this on a bike tour in Central Park. It was nice to go by but we didn't spend any time looking at it.
Written 22 April 2022
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