NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018
This holiday season, plan to get together with friends and family members to celebrate. Take advantage of our extended hours on Friday evenings, and be sure to tour Clayton, enjoy a holiday dinner at The Café, shop at the Museum Store, view the exhibition Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear at The Frick Art Museum, and enjoy the cheer that accompanies this magical time of year.
Clayton Holiday Tour
Through the Back Door: Domestic Service at Clayton During the Holidays
Offered November 16, 2017—January 7, 2018
This Christmas, we’re entering Clayton through the back door—like the household staff who kept the household running during the busy winter season. A grand home like Clayton and the elaborate lifestyle of the Frick family required substantial help from domestic staff, particularly during the holidays. This winter, we’ve combined our holiday tour with a look at the responsibilities of the household staff, giving visitors to Clayton a new perspective on Gilded Age holidays, and the employees who worked to keep Clayton running efficiently while attending to the Frick family and their many guests.
The winter season was filled with festive occasions for the family and no celebration was possible without the help of domestic staff. Butler Joseph Holroyd greeted callers, directed the dinner service, and managed the silver and wine cellar. Chef Spencer Ford prepared gourmet meals for the family and their visitors, working with the lady of the house to plan menus. Lady’s maid Pauline Turon served as personal attendant to Mrs. Frick, assisting with errands and the complicated task of dressing. Household maids kept the rooms spotless, dusting furniture, polishing silver, and scrubbing floors. Laundresses, a coachman and stable attendants, and gardeners also kept Clayton and its grounds orderly and running smoothly.
Artifacts displayed throughout the house along with rich archival resources such as payroll records, shopping lists, vouchers for household expenses, and period photographs will help to illuminate the lives of the individuals working at Clayton while colorful poinsettias, live greens, and a traditional Christmas tree evoke traditions of Christmas past.
ADMISSION FOR HOLIDAY TOURS OF CLAYTON
FREE for Frick members
$15 adult non-members
$13 seniors, students and active-duty military
$8 youth 6–16;
Youth 5 and under are free
Groups of 11 or more:
$13 per person.
Click below to purchase Clayton holiday tour tickets, or call 412-371-0600.
On Friday, November 24, self-guided, stationed tours will be offered 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.
COMBO PRICING* — UNDRESSED EXHIBITION + CLAYTON HOLIDAY TOUR
Frick members receive free admission
$18 senior/student/active-duty military
$11 youth 6–16
Youth 5 and under free.
*Combo pricing does not apply to group rates
*Combo pricing does not apply on November 24 stationing daylight hours
Click below to purchase combo tickets, or call 412-371-0600.
JOIN US ON FRIDAY EVENINGS DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
The entire Frick site is open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Tour Clayton, experience the exhibition Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear at The Frick Art Museum, dine at The Café, shop at The Museum store and enjoy the special ambience of The Frick Pittsburgh during the holiday season.
Holiday Harmonies Christmas Carolers
A strolling trio performs traditional carols and holiday favorites from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Fridays Nov. 17 and 24; Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
The Frick offers a range of programs for all ages during the holidays season.
Information regarding adult programs is available here.
Information on programs for families and children is available here.