The Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh
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The Frick has both a house that decorates according to the era and the holidays and a museum of incredible old cars. It also has a lovely cafe for brunch and high tea.
My adult son and I enjoy visiting art museums together. He recently moved to the Pittsburgh area so we looked for a place to see on a weekend visit. This was a gem! I had been to Frick's home in NYC a... read more »
At first I thought that this place may be to uppity for my family to visit, we are average folks. Not the case. The Frick is so welcoming and gave us a chance to look into the life of the wealthy hist... read more »
Very nice tour of the Clayton. The Car Museum was fantastic. The Art Museum was alright but I'm not into the art that was displayed while we were there. Really did not see the "Killer Heals" exhibit because there were a bunch of people there looking at it and it was a very small exhibit that did not allow the crowds to disburse. Overall, pleasant experience. I would highly recommend.
Everything from the grounds, the architecture, the classic and exquisite main and free exhibits from the permanent collection, which includes decorative arts and a vast array of painting, to their wonderful special exhibition, occasionnally for a nominal entrance fee, the lectures, docent tours and musical perfomances in an acoustically excellent space...outstanding local treasure not to be missed. Summers on Friday nights include dinner available in the delicious Cafe, musical perfomances, food trucks and an incredible selection in the gift shop, which is also beautifully designed. The carriage house is a newly reopened and refurbished space housing an amazing collection of actual vehicles from carriages to classic cars that will delight car enthusiasts. And, if you are from out of town, reservations and an admission fee are required for Clayton, the original home of the Frick family, still beautifully decorated accurately to the period. They also provide and recommend tours. Children may not be permitted under a certain age, so do inquire. The Cafe for daily lunch is excellent, but if you are not a Frick member, it's wise to call ahead and reserve the morning of your visit, as prior to same day is only for members. The menu is wonderful , and the atmosphere charming. Well behaved children and grandchildren will usually enjoy the food, but it is a cozy and vintage style, but outdoor door seating is available wheather permitting. Families will enjoy the easy acces across the street to wonderful Frick Park, one of Pittsburgh's several 19th century large and varied urban oases.
This Museum deserves zero stars. I will say that I was told at the entrance that they were "in transition on 2 exhibitions" (so I could not see them). So all I can say is that the PERMANENT collection of art at this museum is the smallest and most lack luster of ANY museum I have ever been to (and I go to A LOT of museums all over the world). To me, the permanent collection at this museum / art collection verges on a bad joke. And please know that I am not an art aficionado... I am just an ordinary guy that appreciates a decent art museum. Thank goodness that I went during their "pay what you wish" time period which is every Sunday from 11AM-1PM. That being said... to me (even if admission was free) this museum's permanent collection is seriously not worth a 10 minute drive to see it. If I had paid the normal admission of $20. I would be extremely pissed! This museum is an incredibly bad value at ANY price (even for free)... as a result, it is astonishing to me that this place has so many good reviews.
Awesome to be able to tour a largely intact estate from a bygone era. A treasure that should be on everyone's "must see" list. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the terrace cafe prior to a docent-led tour. Reservations for both are highly recommended. Wonderfully unique books can be found in the gift shop for avid reader. I enjoy introducing visiting friends and family members to Pittsburgh's rich history via the Frick Art and History Center. Always a most pleasant experience.
This place has more than a single days worth of entertainment. (1) The cafe has AMAZING food and the tea service is incredible. (2) The tours of the mansion are great and very informative. The docents are knowledgeable and entertaining. (3) The greenhouse is small but worth a quick visit as is the play house. (4) The garage is one of my favorite parts! So many cool cars that have been restored very well. A must visit if there. (5) The museum itself is small, maybe an hour's worth of browsing but they host great artists and the porcelain exhibit they had when I visited was superb.
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