When people think of museums on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and the famous “Museum Mile”, they tend to think of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – but there are a great deal of spectacular museums in the neighborhood besides the Met. Each month, we’ll highlight a great Upper East Side Museum to check out during your stay at The Mark. This month, we’re featuring the lesser known but just as incredible Frick Collection. The Frick, as many call it, is housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion of Henry Clay Frick (the building itself is a sight to behold) and offers the opportunity to view Frick’s personal collection within the confines of his former residence.
Inside, you’ll find famous works by Renoir and Rembrant, as well as period furniture and sculptures. In short, a visit to The Frick is a change to get an inside peek at the life of a wealthy New Yorker. The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue. To get there, take the 6 train to 68th Street. Walk west to 5th Avenue and then north to 70th Street.
More about The Frick Collection
The Fifth Avenue mansion that houses The Frick Collection was built in 1913 for Henry Clay Frick, a successful steel and coke fuel industrialist. It was designed by Thomas Hastings, and was built at a time when almost everything above 59th Street on 5th Avenue was a private mansion. Located amidst the wealthy, Frick’s mansion’s goal was to be more opulent than all those around him – and he succeeded, with private gardens on both the avenue front and in an interior courtyard. Hence, the house alone is worth a visit.
Today, The Frick Collection is one of the preeminent small art museums in the whole of the United States, thanks to its collection of old master paintings and fine furniture, which are housed in 16 galleries within the formerly occupied mansion. The paintings in many galleries are still arranged according to Frick’s design, though some new works have been purchased by the collection and arranged in a complimentary manner. The collection features many of the best known paintings by major European artists, as well as numerous works of porcelain and sculpture.
Included in the collection are Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s masterpiece, The Progress of Love, three paintings by Johannes Vermeer including Mistress and Maid, and Piero della Francesca’s St. John the Evangelist.
An audio of the building is included in the cost of admission, and is recommended, as it offers a wealth of insight into both the works of art and the mansion itself. With the audio tour, a visit to The Frick Museum will take around two hours.
The Frick Collection Admission Price:
Adults $15; seniors $10; students $5
Pay what you wish Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Children under 10 are not admitted to the collection; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
The Frick Collection Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday and holidays