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The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection provides an intimate experience where each artwork tells a story against the backdrop of Henry Clay Frick's former home. This museum not only showcases an array of stunning artworks but also embodies the complex legacy of its founder, Henry Clay Frick, a figure of industrial might and philanthropic gestures.

The Frick Collection in a nutshell…

The Frick Collection is a prestigious art museum in New York City, housed in the historical residence of Henry Clay Frick, featuring an exquisite collection of European paintings and decorative arts.

Location: 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY, overlooking Central Park on the Upper East Side.

Transportation: Accessible via subway with the closest station being the 6 train at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue. Buses  M1, M3, and M4 and hop-on hop-off tours also provide easy access.

Tickets: The museum is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in late 2024. Check back with us later for updated information and tickets.

Visiting Hours: Will be updated upon the museum’s reopening.

Nestled on Fifth Avenue, The Frick Collection invites you to immerse yourself in a world where art and history resonate through the opulent rooms of Henry Clay Frick’s mansion. Despite its modest size, the museum is a treasure trove of masterpieces from European artists and an architectural marvel overlooking Central Park.

The mansion itself, initiated in 1913 by Frick, an industrious steel magnate with a penchant for art, represents a significant era of American history and philanthropy. After its meticulous expansions and renovations, the museum stands as a testament to Frick’s vision: a public space enriched with art and history, seamlessly integrating modern expansions with the original structure.

As you plan your visit, imagine the opportunity to explore not just an art collection but the personal residence of one of America’s most influential art patrons. This museum isn’t just a place to visit; it’s an experience to step back in time and witness the legacy of a man who shaped the cultural landscape of New York City.

The Frick Collection is currently closed

Currently closed for renovations, The Frick Collection is preparing to welcome visitors again in late 2024. During this time, the museum continues to enhance its visitor experience while preserving the essence of its historical and cultural significance.

Practical information

Before you set off to explore the wonders of the Frick Collection, here are some practical tips to help you make the most of your visit.

Getting Ready for Your Visit

Planning a visit to The Frick Collection is an exciting endeavor. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your experience:


The mansion that hosts the Frick Collection is located in the Upper East Side, a few steps away from Central park at 1 East 70th Street.

How to get there

With easy access via various modes of transport and a range of ticket options to suit every need, planning your visit is straightforward. Let’s ensure your visit is as enjoyable and efficient as possible!

By Subway

Navigating to The Frick Collection is a breeze with New York City’s extensive subway system. The closest station is the 6 train at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue.

For those requiring ADA-accessible routes, the Q train at 72nd Street and Second Avenue, or the 1/2/3 train at 72nd Street and Broadway, are excellent alternatives. From these stations, a short ride on the crosstown M72 bus brings you directly to the museum’s vicinity at Madison Avenue and 72nd Street.

By Bus

For a scenic route, consider the buses. The northbound M1, M3, and M4 stop at Madison Avenue and 74th Street, while southbound routes stop at Fifth Avenue and 75th Street.

The M72 crosstown bus also stops near Madison Avenue and 72nd Street, providing easy access to The Frick Collection from various points in the city.

Hop-on Hop-off Buses

Exploring New York’s iconic landmarks with hop-on hop-off buses offers flexibility and convenience, allowing you to visit multiple attractions, including The Frick Collection, at your own pace.

This mode of transport is ideal for a leisurely day out in the city, with frequent stops and comprehensive routes covering major sites.

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While driving in New York City might seem daunting due to limited parking, it can be convenient for some visitors. If you choose to drive, be aware of the limited street parking available.

Alternatively, several parking garages in the area provide a secure place to leave your vehicle while you enjoy the museum.

Tickets and Visiting Hours

Remember, The Frick Collection is currently closed for renovations but is set to reopen in late 2024.

This anticipated reopening is the perfect opportunity to witness the enhancements made to this historic site. Be sure to check back with us for the most up-to-date information on ticket availability and visiting hours.

Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Walking Tour

Embark on the Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Walking Tour to uncover the opulence and stories of the era. This tour offers a unique perspective of The Frick Collection from the outside, highlighting the lavish lifestyles and architectural marvels of the Gilded Age.

Explore the largest residences of Manhattan, discover hidden gems like a charming bookshop within a mansion, and learn the intriguing secrets of The Frick Collection. This tour not only enriches your understanding of the museum’s context but also enhances your overall experience of New York’s historic Fifth Avenue.

What to Expect at the Frick Collection

Expect to be transported back to the early 20th century within the walls of Henry Clay Frick’s former residence. The museum boasts sixteen permanent galleries featuring European masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Gainsborough.

Unique to The Frick is its presentation of artworks in settings that reflect their original placements in Frick’s home, offering a glimpse into the domestic life of the Frick family. Alongside the permanent collection, the museum hosts special exhibitions, such as the recent showcase of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s works, including his rare self-portraits.

These exhibitions are curated to offer deep insights into specific artists or themes, complemented by concerts, lectures, and educational programs that engage and inspire visitors of all ages.


The Frick Collection is committed to accessibility for all visitors. The museum provides wheelchair access to all public areas, available wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis, and welcomes service animals.

Braille signage is available at key locations within the museum, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy the rich offerings of The Frick Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most convenient way to reach The Frick Collection is by subway, with the closest station being the 6 train at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue.

For ADA-accessible options, the Q train at 72nd Street and Second Avenue is a great choice. Additionally, the crosstown M72 bus provides direct access to the museum from various points in the city.

Yes, The Frick Collection is fully wheelchair accessible. All public areas of the museum can be accessed by wheelchair, and manual and electric wheelchairs, as well as other mobility aids, are permitted.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for guests to use during their visit.

The Frick Collection is scheduled to reopen in late 2024 after extensive renovations.

The Frick Collection is renowned for its outstanding collection of European masterpieces, including works by Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Gainsborough.

Do not miss the opportunity to see Frick’s original placement of these works, which adds a personal touch to the museum experience.

Yes, guided tours are usually available at The Frick Collection. These tours offer in-depth insights into the history of the collection, the mansion, and special exhibitions. Check back with us for the latest information on tour availability and themes once it reopens.

Photography policies at The Frick Collection may vary depending on the ongoing exhibitions and specific areas within the museum.

Generally, non-flash photography for personal use is allowed in permanent collection areas. Always check the current policy on the museum’s website before your visit.

A typical visit to The Frick Collection can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on your interest level and whether you participate in any guided tours or special programs.

While The Frick Collection is best suited for older children and adults due to the nature of its exhibits.

The Frick Collection is wonderful to visit any time of year, but it can be particularly magical during the fall and winter months when the seasonal decor enhances the historic mansion’s ambiance.

Where to Stay Near The Frick Collection

Staying near The Frick Collection offers the convenience of proximity to not only this exquisite museum but also to other major attractions on New York’s Upper East Side. The area is known for its quiet, tree-lined streets and luxurious accommodations, making it an ideal base for exploring the best of what New York has to offer.

If you prefer a more vibrant atmosphere, consider staying in nearby Midtown, which is just a short travel distance away and offers a wide range of hotels and entertainment options. Booking your accommodation through us ensures you have a perfectly tailored experience, making your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Explore More: Top Museums to Visit in New York City

When visiting The Frick Collection, take the opportunity to explore other world-class museums that New York City has to offer. Each museum provides a unique perspective on art, history, and culture, making NYC a true haven for museum enthusiasts.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art, often simply called MoMA, stands as a beacon of modern and contemporary art. With its ever-evolving collection of artworks, including pieces by Van Gogh, Warhol, and Picasso, MoMA offers a profound insight into the art movements that shaped the 20th century and beyond.

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The 9/11 Museum serves as a poignant tribute to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It houses a deeply moving collection of artifacts, narratives, and multimedia displays that honor the victims and recount the day’s events. The museum not only memorializes the lost lives but also educates about the impact of 9/11 on global politics and personal stories.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art

Dedicated to the art of the United States, The Whitney Museum holds an impressive collection of contemporary American art. Known for its biennial exhibition, which highlights the work of young and emerging artists, the Whitney provides insights into current art trends and the evolving American cultural landscape.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Located aboard the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, this museum offers an interactive journey through American military and maritime history. Exhibits include a variety of aircraft, a submarine, and even a space shuttle.

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The American Museum of Natural History

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Discover Nearby Attractions: A Gateway to New York’s Wonders

The Frick Collection is ideally situated to serve as your gateway to numerous other attractions. This prime location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan places you at the heart of New York’s cultural scene, making it an excellent starting point for exploring the city.

Central Park

Central Park, an urban oasis stretching over 800 acres, is a masterpiece of landscape architecture. It offers countless recreational activities, scenic beauty, and a tranquil escape from the city hustle.

Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll, enjoy a boat ride, or explore the Central Park Zoo, there’s something for everyone in this iconic park.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

The Met is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. With over two million works spanning 5,000 years, it showcases a vast array of art from around the globe.

Visitors can spend days exploring its extensive collections, including ancient Egyptian artifacts, Renaissance masterpieces, and American decorative arts.

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The Guggenheim Museum

Known for its striking spiral architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Guggenheim Museum is as much an icon of art as it is of architecture.

Inside, you’ll find a celebrated collection of modern and contemporary art, along with innovative special exhibitions that challenge and inspire.

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The Jewish Museum

Located in an exquisite Warburg mansion, The Jewish Museum offers a blend of art, culture, and history with a focus on Jewish heritage.

Its diverse collection includes fine art, ceremonial artifacts, and multimedia installations, providing a rich cultural experience.

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Central Park Zoo

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

As the only museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt offers an intriguing look at design’s impact on daily life through interactive exhibitions and a vast collection of design objects.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical information
  3. Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Walking Tour
  4. What to Expect at the Frick Collection
  5. Accessibility
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Where to Stay Near The Frick Collection
  8. Explore More: Top Museums to Visit in New York City
  9. Discover Nearby Attractions: A Gateway to New York’s Wonders