Car and Carriage Museum


The Car and Carriage Museum is temporarily closed for construction for a period that is anticipated to last no longer than 18 months. During the temporary closure, the cars and carriages in the collection will be moved to secure off-site storage for the duration of construction.

The future expanded Car and Carriage Museum will allow the Frick to display a greater selection of the core collection of Frick family carriages. Increased gallery space will also allow for an integrated display of carriages and cars to reflect the overlap between the beginning of the automobile era and the end of the horse and carriage. The renovation also includes on-site climate-controlled collections storage and a car lift to make it easier to move vehicles on and off display. More space, higher ceilings, and improved lighting will improve the experience for both visitors and vehicles.

After the turn of the 20th century, the development of the automobile profoundly changed American life. In the Car and Carriage Museum, visitors can travel back to the time of carriages, see some of the first horseless carriages to have an impact on Pittsburgh and learn about Pittsburgh's role in the developing automobile industry..

Rolls Royce

The original "carriage house" portion of the Car and Carriage Museum was used to store the collection of carriages and antique cars that Helen Clay Frick brought to Pittsburgh. The building was expanded in 1997 to accommodate the addition of automobiles from the collection of G. Whitney Snyder (1921-1999).

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) are both on view, along with more than 20 vintage automobiles that illustrate the story of Pittsburgh’s place in automotive history.

An award-winning video, Pittsburgh and the Automobile, alternates throughout the day with a short film, The Stanley Steamer. Through archival film, original footage and interviews, visitors are taken on a humorous and fascinating ride through the early years of automotive history.

Some of the cars and carriages in our collection* include:

c. 1882 Brougham
c. 1897 Pony-size Spider Phaeton
1898 Panhard et Levassor Tonneau
1903 Baker Electric Stanhope
c. 1903 Country Omnibus
1906 Outing Wagon
1909 Bailey Electric Phaeton
1909 Keystone Six-Sixty Roadster

1911 Penn 30 Touring Car
1912 Daimler Laundaulette
1914 Ford Model T Touring Car
1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Touring Car
1917 Standard Model E Touring Car
1924 Auto Red Bug Flyer
1931 Lincoln Model K Sport Phaeton
1940 American Bantam Convertible Coupe

*Please note, we rotate our vehicle display throughout the year, and not
every car or carriage listed on the website will necessarily be on view

Featured Automobile

One in an ongoing series of featured automobiles
from the Frick's permanent collection

by Emilia Boehm, Assistant Curator
of Collections and Exhibitions

1940 American Bantam Convertible Coupe
Frick Art & Historical Center, 1999.1.14

Now on view at the Car and Carriage Museum, this Bantam Convertible Coupe is an important piece of the story of regional automobile manufacturing. It was first introduced in 1937 as a restyling of the American Austin Coupe (an example of which is also on display in the museum).

Like the Austins, Bantam cars were built just north of Pittsburgh in Butler, and represent the last significant auto production in western Pennsylvania.

A fun, small, weather-tight convertible with roll-up windows, the Frick’s Bantam was originally priced at $525 in 1940.


Click here to visit our Featured Automobile archive.