During his time, Henry Clay Frick was one of the most despised men in America. He was a steel magnate and one of the founders of U.S. Steel. Among other things, he was partially responsible for the Johnstown Flood, which killed more than 2,000 people, and his anti-labor efforts led to the death of sixteen men during the Homestead Strike. Frick was also an avid art collector, and after his death in 1919, he bequeathed his art collection to the public. His massive New York mansion, which took up an entire city block, was converted into an art museum.
The Frick Collection opened to the public in 1935. It’s worth visiting to see the mansion alone. Constructed between 1913 and 1914 in the neoclassical style, the home is lavishly decked out in the finest of everything. The museum offers a chance to see how the super wealthy lived during the Gilded Age. There’s also the world class art collection, with paintings from Rembrandt, Van Eyck, El Greco, and Titian, among others.
While it’s hard to call such a large and opulent mansion cozy, the Frick Collection is certainly smaller and more intimate than the city’s other great art museums. It’s one of the best small art museums in the world, and well worth the price of admission. If you don’t like museums or aren’t interested in art and history; however, then you can probably skip it.
Address: 1 E. 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021
Telephone: (212) 288 0700
Hours: 10:00-18:00 Tuesday-Saturday; 11:00-17:00 Sunday
Closed Mondays and holidays.
$12.00 Seniors (62+)
No children under 10.