Address

One East 70th Street, New York, NY. 10021

Phone Number

(212) 288 - 0700

Date Visited

07/28/2015

Website

Link to Website

Frick Collection

Description

The Frick Collection is located at One East 70th Street, New York, NY. There is no parking at this venue.

For information about the handicapped entrance, please refer to checklist.

The main floor is open to the public. Galleries have ample space, but note that some galleries have thick rugs that may make pushing a wheelchair difficult. There are benches around the garden, in the oval room and east gallery.

A single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restroom is located on the main floor.  Non-handicapped restrooms on the lower level can be accessed by stairs or elevator.

There are no food services.

Checklist

    Number of handicapped spaces:  *
    Location of handicapped entrance:  ** see comments below
    Doors:  double doors
    Elevators:  1
    Ramps:  to access handicapped entrance
    Steps and staircases:  staircase to lower level restroom
    Width of aisles:  ***galleries have ample space
    Places to sit:  benches around garden, in oval room & east gallery
    Location of restrooms:  handicapped accessible on main level
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  no
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  pleasant and helpful
    Notes:  *There is no dedicated parking garage or lot. **From Museum's website - ""The museum and library are accessible to visitors with wheelchairs and walkers...some large wheelchairs cannot fit in our elevators. The entrance width of the elevator is 27 inches and the car is 48 inches deep. We have small wheelchairs...if needed (first-come/first served basis). The wheelchair ramp is just to the left of the main entrance through a gate labeled ""Service and Office Entrance."" Open the gate or call for assistance using the call box...to the left of the gate, proceed down the ramp to the basement Receiving Room. Security Staff will assist visitors in wheelchairs from the Receiving Room to the ground floor galleries or library reading rooms via an elevator. An elevator is also available for visitors needing assistance from the ground floor to the lower level special exhibition galleries."" ***Note that some galleries have thick carpeting that may make it difficult to push a wheelchair.

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After a visit to the Guggenheim Museum we walked south on Fifth Avenue to the Frick Collection. As opposed to the Guggenheim (known for its contemporary works), the Frick is “known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.” (brochure)  We arrived at one of New York City’s remaining Gilded Age mansions that was once Henry Clay Frick’s residence.


The brochure states that the mansion “provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artist such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Goya and Whistler.”  We could not agree more.  Although there were many people there, the feeling was one of a hushed audience, quietly taking in the beautiful works of art.


If one cannot manage the five steps to the main entrance, a handicapped accessible ramp and entrance can be found just to the left of the main entrance on 70th Street  (refer to our checklist for details.)


The main floor is open to the public with large galleries and an indoor garden (which was once a driveway). The perimeter of the garden has benches where one can relax and think about what it might have been like to have lived here.  Seats in the oval room and east gallery allow for contemplation.


Some of the galleries have thick rugs, which may present a problem for wheelchairs.


A single occupancy, handicapped accessible restroom is located between the oval room and east gallery. Non-handicapped restrooms can be found on the lower level (accessible down a flight of stairs or by elevator.)


We at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.frick.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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