A New York cultural gem, The Frick Collection allows visitors to step back to opulent Millionaire's Row during the Industrial Revolution. Housed in the neoclassical Fifth Avenue mansion of steel baron, Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Collection is one of the most renowned small art museums in the world.
Contrary to the fact that Mr. Frick has been vilified by history for ruthlessness in business dealings, even the earliest plans for the residence demonstrate his intention to bequeath the building and his art to establish a public gallery.
The collection is comprised of Old Master paintings including works by Constable, Goya, Manet, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Whistler and paintings, sculpture and décor from the Renaissance to the late 19th century with several special exhibitions annually. Designed to have the atmosphere of a private home rather than a public space, the Frick Collection offers visitors an intimate encounter with the exhibits with very few items encased in glass and many of the pieces in the same position as when they were first hung by the Fricks. In an effort to preserve both the accessibility to the artwork and the pieces themselves, The Frick Collection has a strict age restrictions for visitors; children under 10 are not permitted and individuals under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
A visit to the Frick Collection should take about two hours, but if you choose take advantage of one of the free audio tours which navigates several small, secluded rooms and offers a wealth of insight into the paintings, sculptures and furniture, a visit can easily take up to four hours.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA
Phone: (212) 288-0700
Official Website: Frick Collection
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|6||68th Street||7 minutes|
How to get to Frick Collection by Subway
Take the 6 train to 68th Street (Hunter College), walk west to 5th Avenue and then north to 70th Street.
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Ratedout of 5
This museum was pretty awesome. I think it’s really neat how it’s set in Henry Frick’s home, which happens to be one of the last gilded age homes remaining in NYC. The architecture of the place is incredible, featuring lots of intricate details. As far as the art collection goes, it’s definitely worth seeing. There are a lot of relevant religious paintings, as well as a few amazing landscape paintings. They also have the Rembrandt, which I believe was the first self-portrait (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not an art expert). The staff does a good job of keeping everyone safe, and moving around without issue. Overall, a great place for a date night, or some alone time for deep thought (and anything in between!). I should have gotten a picture from outside the building, because it’s a really neat house.
Mac A - 6 days ago
Visited in a weekend with friends. This is a really beautiful Gilded Age mansion filled with an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture from multiple periods. A bit expensive at $25 per ticket, but a good way to spend an hour or two. The atrium, with plants, a fountain and a skylight is especially peaceful. It's right across from Central Park, so this would definitely be a great idea for a date.
Suzanne Rice - 9 days ago
Wonderful! BUT! Huge problem that the story of the Frick family in the Frick Museum/former home was presented NOWHERE. Here we are in the triumphant final home of Henry Frick and we don’t know who he is, how he rose to such financial and lofty positions, who his wife was, his children.... um you’re missing the other half of the story. We get a full dissertation on the nuances of the painting of a Renoir hand but not two words about the man who and how he accumulated this fine body of work. Partial pleasure.
Sally Mayhill - 19 days ago
This place is incredibly large. It's hard to imagine that Frick Family actually live the way. They are in the process of opening up the second floor so you might have a better idea of how they lived. The artwork in The Frick museum is beyond amazing. Art pieces in the museum that cost over a million dollars in 1917. It definitely is a must see. If you're a little short on money, Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. is pay-what-you-wish.
Josh Bottfeld - 22 days ago
I enjoyed the visit. It's mostly French art and French tourists love to visit and I went with a friend from Paris. I recommend this museum if that's your interest or if you are looking for a place you haven't visited before but I would visit one of the larger museums if I had a choice. They provide at request audio devices for free which I liked. It's a nice walk inside this former mansion. They have a few couches that you are permitted to sit on which gives you the feeling of how it might have actually felt like when it was a house and not a museum. You are only allowed to visit the first floor. No pictures allowed expect for the court yard. We went early on a Saturday and the crowd wasn't too bad but it was raining and by the time we left there was a line to get inside.
Lazaros Samlidis - 1 month ago