Here, you can learn about the collections, the Frick family and Pittsburgh history, and schedule a tour of Clayton. Explore our interactive educational technology to delve more deeply into our site. Return throughout the day to expand your knowledge in our Learning and Reading Rooms. Be sure to peruse the unique selection of items for sale at the Frick Museum Store.
About the Building
Designed by the architectural team of Schwartz/Silver and Associates (Boston) and Loysen + Kreuthmeier (Pittsburgh) the 3,000-square-foot Grable Visitor Center is located in the center of the Frick’s 5.5-acre campus. Façades composed of low-iron, high-transparency glass and Pennsylvania sandstone integrate the new building into the existing landscape. Inside, a wood ceiling suspended by glass walls provide views of the vast Frick grounds. A porcelain tile floor laid in a herringbone pattern suggests decorative elements at Clayton.
To enhance the Frick’s environmental sustainability, the construction adheres to LEED standards. The glass design of the Grable Visitor Center provides a visual connection to the Frick’s park-like setting, and enhances the “green” character of the facility through the use of natural daylight. An exterior sun louver system reduces heat-gain and energy consumption required for cooling. Building materials were selected based on recycled and Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content and, where possible, were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of Pittsburgh.
Recently, the Grable Visitor Center project was recognized with a Certificate of Merit for Architecture by AIA Pittsburgh, the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, in the Design Pittsburgh 2015 juried competition.
Docent-led tours of Clayton are available Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Details about tours are available here. The first floor of Clayton is accessible.
Our site is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
The Frick Art Museum, Grable Visitor Center Center, Car and Carriage Museum,
The Café, Museum Store, grounds, and first floor of Clayton are accessible, and wheelchairs are available on site.
Accessible rest rooms are available in The Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum and the Administration building. If requested in advance, tours can be arranged for hearing and visually impaired visitors.
Designed by the architectural firm Alden & Harlow in 1897, the Playhouse was a center of activity for the Frick children when the Fricks lived at Clayton. Family photographs show many children gathered here for parties and events. The building currently houses administrative offices. (Not open to the public.) Original amenities included furniture built to the smaller scale of the rooms, a bowling alley and a darkroom for Childs Frick’s pursuit of photography.
Today, staff offices are housed in the Playhouse, and it is not accessible to visitors.
The Education Center includes three spacious classrooms and the offices for the Frick’s Education Department, serving a multitude of program participants, from school groups to seniors, a dedicated learning space at the heart of the Frick campus equipped with technologies that enhance the Frick’s high-quality, artifact-based programs. Click here to learn more about our education programs.
The 1,000-square-foot Community Center provides the Frick with space for adult programs, group tours, meetings, and entertainment. Amenities of the Center, which also encompasses a 600-square-foot terrace, include a high definition projector, A/V technology inputs for presentations and hearing-assisted technology, and a catering prep kitchen allows for food preparation, storage and service.