Frick Collection

Top choice gallery in Upper East Side

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This spectacular art collection sits in a mansion built by steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, one of the many such residences lining the section of Fifth Ave that was once called 'Millionaires’ Row.' The museum has over a dozen splendid rooms displaying masterpieces by Titian, Vermeer, Gilbert Stuart, El Greco, Joshua Reynolds, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. Sculpture, ceramics, antique furniture and clocks are also on display. Fans of classical music will enjoy the frequent piano and violin concerts on Sunday evenings.

The Frick is a treat for several reasons. First, it's housed in a lovely, rambling beaux-arts structure built from 1913 to 1914 by Carrère and Hastings; it’s also generally not crowded (except perhaps during popular shows). And finally, it feels refreshingly intimate, with a trickling indoor courtyard fountain and gardens that can be explored on warmer days. A demure Portico Gallery displays decorative works and sculpture. (Note that children under 10 are not admitted to the museum.)

A worthwhile audio tour (available in several languages) is included in the price of admission. In 2020, the museum plans to undertake a restoration and expansion project, opening up new galleries on the 2nd floor of the house and adding state-of-the-art conservation laboratories: expect disruptions to your visit.