Clayton Programs

Industrialist Henry Clay Frick purchased Clayton as his home in 1882. It is now a rare primary source (more than 90% original!) for the study of Victorian life and culture.

A visit to Clayton is much more than a look into a turn-of-the-century house. All school visits include the use of touchable objects. Programs are interactive, inquiry-based and challenge students to use deductive reasoning, visual literacy and critical thinking skills as they “figure out” the past. Our workshops emphasize teamwork, cooperative learning and fun.

“This is so cool—I’m sitting is history. I’m surrounded by things that are more than a hundred years old!”

Student, Grade 7

Franklin Regional Middle School

Long, Long Ago in Pittsburgh

(grades K–2)

Kids in Clayton? Not a problem! Younger students keep busy role-playing in the dining room, handling antique tools in the kitchen and searching for patterns throughout the house. They also join in lively songs and rhymes in our Car and Carriage Museum. Learn about life long ago and early transportation all in one dynamic visit.

Group size: 8–50 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 in December and May
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

“The activity of giving them kitchen utensils and having them try to figure out what they are for gives them great practice at reading objects . . .They always talk so much about this trip and even sing the songs for several days after.”

Grade 1

Pittsburgh Urban Christian School

Growing Up at Clayton

(grades 2–5)

Students travel through history during this hands-on tour of Clayton and the Car and Carriage Museum. They gaze through pre-television stereoscopes, discover button shoes and glove stretchers, and choose a carriage for an imaginary ride as they encounter a world of a century ago. Hoop rolling is optional (weather permitting).

Group size: 8–80 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 in December and May
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Clayton by the Numbers

(grades 3–4)

Math and history come alive in this innovative program. Students use reasoning, measurement and computation to solve a series of practical problems based on real events at Clayton more than a century ago. A lively tour, the examination of primary sources and the use of manipulatives, new and antique, give students a good appreciation of life long ago and of the ways math can be used in everyday life. Activities include counting, area, money, time, and geometry, and can be tailored to your students’ skill level.

Group size: 8–50 students
Fee: $7 per student; ($8 in May and December)
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Clayton and a Clue

(grades 4–8)

Students use careful observation and deductive reasoning as they tour and explore Clayton and the Car and Carriage Museum. Then they transfer these skills to a challenging game of “It’s a Mystery to Me,” handling and studying century-old objects to discover their uses and modern counterparts.

Group size: 8–60 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 in December and May
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

“People think of history as a boring regurgitation of dates, but when it is brought to life, it can be so interesting. I have to commend your educators. They took the time to listen to the students and took cues from them and their questions. They never thought a question was silly. Your educators brought history alive and made them interested. The students talked about their visit the entire way home.”

Kelly Adams

Every Attic Tells a Story

Cheswick Christian Academy

Art History, grades 7–12

Every Attic Tells a Story

(grades 5–8)

Following a tour of Clayton, students receive a suitcase full of primary resources and artifacts from different decades. Working in small groups, they interpret these materials and use deductive reasoning and creative expression to write about the people, places and times their objects represent. Tour of Car and Carriage Museum optional.

Group size: 8–50 students
Fee: $8 per student; $9 in December and May
Hours: 3½ hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. (bring a brown bag lunch)

Venga a Visitar Clayton—A Spanish Tour

(grades 5-12)

Whether an introduction to basic vocabulary or an extended interactive conversation, we tailor this Spanish language program to your students’ comprehension. This Clayton program also includes a tour and activity in your choice of either The Frick Art Museum or the Car and Carriage Museum. Please note that this program is given partly in Spanish and partly in English.

Group size: 8-30 students
Fee: $7 per student
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Not offered in December and May

Venga a Visitar
Portraits of Power

(grades 6-12)

Portraits encourage connections among social studies, English language arts and visual arts. Students examine the personalities of Henry Clay Frick and his industrialist peers in the broader context of local and national history at the turn of the last century. Industrialization, social classes and labor are a few of the topics addressed through the artifacts and resources, primary documents and artifacts encountered in Clayton. Students look even more closely and create their own portraits of a Gilded Age personality though art and writing. Includes a visit to the Car and Carriage Museum.

Group size: 8-48 students
Fee: $8 per student; $9 in December and May
Hours:2 ½ hours, starting between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Entertaining a President: Writing about Roosevelt

(grades 6–12)

Imagine the president of the United States coming to your house for lunch! Students explore the busy preparations made by both the city of Pittsburgh and the Frick household staff to get ready for a 1902 visit by Theodore Roosevelt. Archival receipts, photographs and newspaper accounts set the stage for writing memoir, poetry and narrative about this memorable day in Clayton and Pittsburgh history.

Group size: 8–30
Fee: $7 per student; $8 during December and May
Hours:2 1/2, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Clayton by Design

(grades 9–12)

Take a closer look at the aesthetic side of Clayton and the Frick family’s carriages and cars. This tour focuses on the architecture, decorative arts and fine arts that made this Victorian mansion an exquisite setting for everyday life in the Frick household.

Group size: 8–80 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 in December and May
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Kitchen wheelchair touchable Sch for blind 2011
Marvels of Victorian Technology

(grades 6-12)

With Clayton and the Car and Carriage Museum as rare primary sources of the era of early industrialization, students learn the importance of electricity, aluminum, gas and steam as they discover first-hand how a Victorian mansion was heated, how the chandelier was lit when the power went out, and just what made the Stanley Steamer go.

Group size: 8-50 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 during December and May
Hours: 2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Pittsburgh 1892: Industry, Society and Conflict

(grades 8-12)

More than just a look at one wealthy man’s home, this tour puts Henry Clay Frick into the broader context of local and national history at the turn of the last century. Topics including how and why steel became so dominant in Pittsburgh and how mass production affected the region and the nation are addressed through the primary documents and artifacts encountered on this interactive tour of Clayton and the Car and Carriage Museum.

Group size: 8-80 students
Fee: $7 per student; $8 in December and May
Hours:2 hours, starting between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Contact us Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. for more information or to schedule your program.

Contact: Kelly McMasters, Coordinator of Learning & Visitor Experience
Phone: 412-342-4087
Email: education@TheFrickPittsburgh.org

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