I visited the Frick and toured the Clayton house with my husband and 11-year-old daughter in late July. Reservations are "strongly recommended" for Clayton tours which cost $12 for adults. The house was interesting (HC Frick collected art which is displayed throughout), full of period furnishings, intricate woodwork and aluminum ceilings. We got to hear a machine that played orchestra music in the home's entry way. It was pretty amazing. I enjoyed learning about the family from the extremely knowledgeable docent. I'm looking forward to reading more about Mr. Frick and the notorious Homestead strike. The Clayton was part of what was called "Millionaire Row" because Carnegie, Mellon and Westinghouse lived in the same stretch of Penn Ave. (Maybe one was around the corner on a cross street. I really got to an information overload condition.)
The Carriage Museum (free admission) was great too. My daughter sat in the one car that permitted touching and we saw two horseless carriages as well as two Rolls Royces. All of the cars are very well documented and have placards telling about their manufacture and use.
Also free to explore: the grounds and a greenhouse.
The Frick is open late (9pm) on Fridays. They have live music and food trucks. We didn't stay for that or tour Killer Heels (extra admission fee for special art exhibits), but this is a nice stop to take in Pittsburgh history.
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