This impressive Fifth Avenue mansion was once the home of coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. It was the Frick's wish ... More
This impressive Fifth Avenue mansion was once the home of coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. It was the Frick's wish that his art collection remain on display there after his death. Built in 1914, the mansion was made to look much older. The gilded, ornamental decor is the perfect setting for exhibits which include masterpieces by Vermeer, Goya, and Rembrandt. Stroll in the tranquility of the beautiful outdoor garden. Enjoy a Friday evening carafe of wine in the Garden Court, cash wine bar available after 6:30pm.
Staff are extremely unfriendly and imposing which detracts from being able to move freely around.
Most pieces have no commentary / descriptions.
Best to go on Sundays between 1100 - 1300 as you can just make a donation for entry. It is not worth the full price!
The Frick is a wonderful museum (collection, actually). I never write reviews, but after seeing a negative review of my favorite museum in NYC I had to write. First of all, there is a free audio guide that is really easy to use, as well as a video overview of the life of Frick, etc. It is small enough to have a good visit in a couple of hours. You will see fabulous art that is not only important, but you will actually like it, and could imagine hanging it in your own home. The Metropolitan is , of course, a great,great museum. But it is huge and takes alot of time (days really) to see it all. It is truly the best, but the Frick is my choice for an uplifting, relaxing visit to see world class art. You will leave with a smile on your face, and you won't be exhausted. (you can't say that about the Metropolitan)
Overall, the art collection is impressive, but the mansion itself holds many wonderful surprises for the visitor. The atrium/conservatory is beautiful. There is a guided tour available through a type of wand that is quite informative. A variety of languages is offered. The museum staffmembers were friendly and eager to offer assistance. So, if you would like to experience the lifestyle of 19th century Fifth Ave millionaires, come to this museum that is just slightly off the beaten track of the typical tourist.
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