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Frick Art and Historical Center
Ranked #23 of 182 things to do in Pittsburgh
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

Widely interesting and worthwhile. (Men on an earlier tour marveled at the woodwork in the family mansion, Clayton, and children were fascinated by the 19th Century toys and a player-piano type orchestra in a huge box on the front porch.) House tours daily except Monday and holidays, $6-$12. Everything else is free. John Phillips Sousa's band entertained here on at least one occasion. The grounds also are interesting. The garage contains more than a dozen family autos and buggies plus, on loan, a Rolls Royce Gray Phantom worth $2 million. Frick's daughter built a Renaissance-style museum to display some of the family art collection and special shows, like a marvelous collection of Faberge pieces. What was the bowling alley is a gift shop. Eat creative lunches in a small dining room in what was once a grand hothouse. (Members have priority, but call a few hours ahead to learn if a table is available.)

2  Thank Ernest58
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

This is a perfect place when you want to celebrate at lunch.
Gourmet seasonal food, all made fresh for you.
Very nice selection of desserts too

2  Thank Dancer52_9
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

I went on the historical tour of Clayton (the Frick mansion). The guide was very informative and was able to answer all of our questions. The house itself is a work of architectural art, but also contains many beautiful paintings including a Monet. Great value at $12 for a one hour tour!

Thank JulieK05
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

If you're looking for a quick and easy and cheap date, this is a good one.

They have a car and carriage museum (free) that is really worth it, even if you're not a car collector. Very cool to see things like steam powered cars and the first hybrid car made 100 years ago! The carriages are also pretty neat to see a piece of history like that. There are like a dozen carriages in immaculate shape.

There is an art museum that is also free. They have pieces from like the 1300's. You could easily spend 45 mins to an hour in this part of The Frick. In the summer/fall they have a greenhouse where they grow plants/flowers/veggies which was fun.

The grounds are beautiful! Very well kept. You can then get coffee/tea/sandwiches in the cafe, or if you're a starving student in grad school here like so many are in Pitt.. Pack some sammies in a cooler with a few drinks and eat them at Frick Park across the street. Totally worth it, easy date, had a really fun time, and got to see some cool stuff for free.

They have tours of the mansion that cost, but we didn't do that (since we're poor).

I would go again if I had someone new to show the area to, and I would easily recommend it to friends and co-workers to visit.

Plenty of parking, so don't worry about that. And it's free.

Thank SmokeyBearVII
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Just twenty minutes east of Pittsburgh, this is a wonderful mansion and museum. The house itself is not ostentatious, but it was/is beautifully appointed. It isn't huge. It could be very livable today if modernized. Nice to see how the other one half of one percent live!

5  Thank PSGumby
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