Established by the same Frick family that donated the eponymous New York museum, the Frick opened to the public in 1990. It receives 100,000 visitors annually and has exhibited works by Michelangelo, Carracci, Vasari, Millet, Monet, and Sisley. As in New York, the Pittsburgh center is housed in one of the Frick family’s former residences, called Clayton. The 11-room, Italianate-style home in the city’s East End neighborhood was designed by local architect Andrew Peebles.
Highlights of the fine and decorative art collection include a rare selection of works on paper by Jean-Francois Millet, a collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes that formerly belonged to J. P. Morgan, and a number of 19th century European paintings. The affiliated car and carriage museum showcases a collection of the family’s carriages and vintage cars.
The far-reaching collection has lent itself to a number of special exhibitions. In the past those have included exhibitions on 17th century Dutch Italianate style paintings, Barbizon landscape paintings, and 19th century prints of Pittsburgh.
The Frick Art and Historical Center Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (bus 74A from the Reynolds St. and South Homewood Ave. stop is steps from the Museum; buses 67, 67C, 67E, 67J, 69, 71C, and W from the Penn Ave. and S. Homewood Ave. stop are a 4-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Wheelchairs are available on site
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Closed Mondays and major holidays
- Admission: Free
- Tours: Docent-led, thematic tours are available. Basic tours are free. If requested in advance, tours can be arranged for hearing and visually impaired visitors
- Membership: Individual membership is $45, Dual/Household membership is $60, Senior membership is $30. Members receive postcards of the museum collection; unlimited free admission to Clayton, The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum; free museum tours, including historic tours of Clayton; exclusive ability to make advance reservations at The Café at the Frick; discounts on all programs including workshops, lectures, summer camp and family programs; a 10% discount in the Museum Shop; invitations to Exhibition Openings and other special events; a subscription to the Members’ Newsletter; and E-newsletters and updates about programs and special events
- Other Benefits: At the Benefactor level ($500), members receive free admission for two to all lectures; and an exclusive invitation to the Frick’s Holiday Party.