Housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion of Henry Clay Frick, the Frick Collection offers visitors the unique opportunity to view his personal collection within the walls of his former residence. From famous pieces by Renoir and Rembrandt to period furniture and sculptures, a visit to the Frick is a chance at an inside view of the life of wealthy Fifth Avenue residents in New York City.
About The Frick Collection:
The Fifth Avenue Mansion housing the Frick Collection was built in 1913-1914 for Henry Clay Frick, a successful steel and coke industrialist. A longtime patron of the arts, Frick's collection includes a diverse collection of Western painting, sculpture and decorative arts. What is most impressive about a visit to the Frick is the opportunity to see the art arranged in the mansion, many pieces still on display where Frick had originally displayed them.
The Frick Collection's policy on children (no visitors under 10, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) enables adult visitors to have an intimate experience with the various pieces of art in the collection. Very few items are displayed behind glass, and it is easy to get close to nearly everything in the collection. Displaying the pieces in this way would be impossible if young children were allowed in the museum, as the chance of disaster would be far too high.
The audio tour is included with the cost of admission, and offers a wealth of insight into the paintings, sculpture, furniture and the mansion itself. Using the audio tour to learn more about pieces of interest, a visit to the Frick's permanent collection can take about 2 hours. The Frick also has frequently changing temporary exhibitions.
Frick Collection Highlights
- The Comtess d'Haussonville, 1845, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
- The Forge, ca. 1817, Francisco Goya
- Self-Portrait, 1658, Rembrandt
- Mother and Children, ca. 1876-78, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Sir Thomas More, 1527, Hans Holbein the Younger
- The Purification of the Temple, ca. 1600, El Greco
- Zephyrus and Flora, 1799, Clodion (Claude Michel)
Location and Contact Info
- Address:1 East 70th Street (at 5th Avenue)
- Phone: 212-288-0700
- Subway: 6 to 68th Street
- Official Website: http://www.frick.org/