Henry Clay Frick, assumed to be a heartless coal baron, unexpectedly left his mansion and all of its content to the public as a museum. He was an ambitious collector who amassed a little bit of everything, and remaining relatively untouched, it still looks much as it would have a century ago.
The Frick Collection houses more than a thousand fine European works of art and design from the renaissance to the 19th century. The furniture and fittings have been sourced from all over the world, with oriental rugs nestling next to 18th century French chairs and tables.
The most impressive part of the collection however, is the paintings. Rembrandt, Whistler, Vermeer, Piero della Francesca, and Turner can all be found in the permanent collection. Temporary exhibitions, a summer garden with a benefit party, and classical concerts complement the main collection and create a busy calendar for this intriguing and regal museum.
The Frick has no café or restaurant and there’s no food allowed inside. There are, however, various coffee carts and cafés nearby. We suggest grabbing a snack or meal and making your way down to Central Park.
The Frick has a small yet excellent gift shop. There are gift items such as postcards, posters, and accessories relating to the more notable works of the collection. For those who particularly enjoyed parts of the museum and would like to further their knowledge, there’s a lovely selection of books to help you.
1st East 70th St
00 1 212 288 0700
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
Subway: 68th St – Hunter College (4, 6, 6X)