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“Don't skip the art and car collections!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frick Art and Historical Center

Frick Art and Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (Downtown)
412-371-0600
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Ranked #10 of 91 attractions in Pittsburgh
Type: Museums, Art Museums
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North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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“Don't skip the art and car collections!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

My 12 year old son and I had a few hours to kill in Point Breeze so we decided to stop by the Clayton to explore the art collection and car and carriage museum, both of which are free! We have been to the mansion several times (love it!), but had never seen Helen Clay Frick's art collection. One word: WOW. HCF's collection contains work by famous artists, collections from various countries, work spanning 800+ years, and travelling exhibits. And it's all free to the public! The guard/guide was fantastic--knowledgeable, friendly, and funny! The car and carriage museum has recorded audio guide you can access by cell phone that really added to visit. Great way to spend a few hours!

Visited July 2011
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Interesting Trip Back to the Gilded Age and Pittsburgh's Steel History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

Although the centerpiece is the Clayton House, the former home of Henry Clay Frick, there is much more to the Frick Art and Historic Center. This was Frick's "starter" house, a 23-room mansion. He and his family ultimately moved to NYC and built a real 100+ room mansion. There are about 15 rooms open for viewing, and they are very impressive from the fancy player organ on the porch to the elaborate ceilings in several rooms made of aluminium (which at the time was more expensive than gold!). There is a beautiful Monet painting just casually hanging on one of the walls. The ceiling in each room are outstanding. Most noteworthy is the domed stained glass ceiling in Mrs. Frick's bathroom. Although built before the turn of the century, with much elaborate Victorian style furnishings, the house has all the modern conveiences of plumbing, etc. Also, intersting are the family pictures and portraits, particularly of the daughter who died very young, but whose picture was prominently displayed over the fireplace in Mr. Frick's bedroom.

Unlike most museums where you peer into rooms behind a roped off door, here you walk into the rooms accompanied by your guide. The house only accommodates small groups; thus, it is best to reserve adhead. I was particularly fortunate in that the guide for my group was both knowledgeable, personable and enthusiatic. We were also blessed with no little children. In another group going through about the same time as us, the guide was forced to spend most of her time trying to stop little children from touching things as there is no barriers to furniture etc.,

Admission is charged to the Clayton house. With my AAA card, it only cost me $10.80. There is much more to the Frick center; all of which is free if you don't want to visit the House. In particular, recommend visiting the Carriage & Car museum, which has original vehicles from the Fricks and others. Loved Mr. Frick's Rolls and Helen (the daughter) Frick's Lincoln. The attendant at the museum was very informative. There is also a smallish art museum, with about half the space dedicated to an ever-changing exhibit. While I was there, this was Art Noveau prints, which I am not interested in, but the permanent exhibit, which was mostly art purchased by Mr. Frick and Helen Frick was more interesting. The museum desperately needs benches in the exhibit rooms so that you can take a break and sit and enjoy the art. The notes next to the individual art pieces provides some information, but could be expanded to provide more information, and needs to be in larger print and / or better light as they were occassionally difficult to read.

I also ate lunch here at the Cafe at the Frick (see seperate review in the restuarant section).

This was a great day; highly recommend visiting Clayton and the rest of the Frick Art and Historical Center.

Visited July 2011
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Chicago, IL
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“Lovely home and furnishings.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

This house contains furniture and furnishing belonging to the Frick family. Good overview of early 20th century life.

Visited May 2011
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Annapolis MD
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“An unexpected delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

We went on May 17 and were very pleasantly surprised. Tickets are a little steep at $22/adult but we were there over 4 hours so I think it was a good deal. Started with the mansion tour (we did call ahead for reservations) which took about an hour or so. Unlike other houses we have toured, you actually were able to walk through the rooms and not stand behind cords. We also saw the kitchen and bathrooms which also are often not available for view in other houses. We then ate lunch at the cafe which far exceeded expectations. Very good food - fresh, presented beautifully with flair. I had the salad with hot crab wontons and pears which was excellent. The desserts are also prepared by a pastry chef onsite- outstanding carrot cake. Very gourmet - not like a typical touristy place at all. Well-dressed locals were there for Sunday Brunch. The cafe is small- I would also make a reservation in advance- we got in only because someone with a reservation ddn't show up. We then went to the auto/coach musuem. An unusually beautiful building to display cars in- and they were impressive. Almost all were restored to their former splendor. The man at the door offered his guide services and we were very glad to take him up on his offer as he made everything so much more interesting. They also had some good short movies to watch. I am not a big car person but I loved it - we spent about an hour. The art gallery next- also a nice bulding. Not a huge collection but some interesting classical art. We got through that pretty quickly. The grounds were beautiful- very park like- gardens were lovely to walk around. I am sure they have beautful weddings there. Overall, a very good value and a nice drive from our hotel by PNC Park. Parking was onsite and very clean and safe in a ritzy neighborhood. As a side note, we also loved Monterey Fish Grotto and the Church Brewery. Not to be missed. Pittsburgh was an unexpected gem of a city in May with sunny skies.

Visited May 2011
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“good 4 those who like 2 tour millionaires' houses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Don't bring the kids!

Went with 18 yr old dau on a hot day--we liked the experience very much. it is better to walk around in the gardens, go inside the playhouse/gift shop, peek at the cars first, to help set you up for the inside of the house. The docent we had kept trying to convince us the Fricks were just plain folks, because their house was not as ornate as the "cottages" in Newport. Compared to what the average Pittsburghian wd have been living in (courtesy of the wages paid him by Mr Frick) at the time, it looked pretty fancy to me.

My gratitude to Ms Helen Frick for having insisted that there be no ropes and visitors would get much more of a feel for the house. Also thanks to her for the very fine small museum behind the house. And to its trustees for mounting traveling exhibits; we got to see one showing landscapes, from the Newark museum.

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