The Frick Art and Historical Center is definitely one of the hidden gems of Pittsburgh. It is tucked away on Penn Avenue with a reverent air of old world class and charm. I am always surprised by the number of people who live in Pittsburgh and have never been to this gracious old home with such an historical past. When I first moved to Pittsburgh Helen Clay Frick was still living in the mansion where she spent her childhood. She decided to return to her birthplace in 1981 after living for many years in New York. Her family had relocated there in 1905 but she always considered our city home and was excited to return.
Her long-time wish was for her home and the surrounding estate to be preserved and opened to the public. The mansion is known as Clayton from Henry Clay Frick’s maternal side of the family. Helen had The Frick Art Museum constructed in 1970 to allow the public to enjoy her art collection. You can tour the art museum for free with the price of a mansion tour which runs $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. However, the Car and Carriage Museum is always open for free. It is one of my favorite places on the estate and includes Henry Clay Frick’s 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost touring car and Howard Heinz’s 1898 Panhard (reputed to be the first car in Pittsburgh).
Check the schedule for free kids programs on the first Saturday of the month that are focused on art and history. On January 4th you can check out the galleries for cool colors and shifty shapes. You can then put your good ideas to work and make a calendar to help you keep track of 2014 for free. They also have great films for free at The Frick Art Museum. Check on The Red Badge of Courage on Friday, January 10 at 12:00 p.m.
If you can’t make it this weekend, be sure and check out one of the following. There is no better way to spend time with the family and learn something in the process. It is a worthy endeavor that will ensure lasting memories.
GreenKids: It’s For the Birds
Saturday, February 1
Meet at Lexington Education Center
Even in the coldest weather, the Frick’s trees are home to birds. Come learn about birds in winter, and make a feeder to take home for the feathery friends in your own backyard.
Free, drop-in program.
Art Kids: Mad about Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 1
Meet at the Frick Art Museum.
Liven up your Saturday morning with a festive Mardi Gras celebration. The gallery’s fanciful shapes and vibrant colors serve as inspiration for cool and creative mask making. The real fun begins with a spirited parade around the museum. Free, drop in program.
March Madness at the Frick for Families!
No, not basketball—it’s just the chance to get out of the house and try something new as winter turns into spring.
ArtKids: Mad about Mardi Gras
Saturday March 1
Meet at the Frick Art Museum. Free.
Family Fun Day: American Adventure
Saturday, March 15
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Frick Art Museum. Free.
Family Kite Workshop: Make It! Fly It!
Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 7 and up with an adult. Free.
CarKids: Merrily We Roll Along
Saturday, April 5
11:00–11:45 a.m. Meet at the Car and Carriage Museum.
See what road trips in the 1890’s were like compared to family travel today as we check out the Frick family carriages and cars. Make a travel game to take on your next journey.
Free, drop-in program.
There is no end of fun to be had in Pittsburgh. Brave the cold and seek forth on an adventure.