Frick Offers Free Admission on Thursday, December 16, 2010 to Mark Its 75th Anniversary as a Public Museum
Seventy-five years ago, members of the public took their first look at the museum known as The Frick Collection. The exact anniversary of that opening day will be marked this year with free admission on Thursday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In 1935, journalists wrote of the graceful mansion-turned-museum asa “legacy of beauty” where the quality of its collection was “unsurpassed anywhere.” Decades later, it remains one of New York City’s cultural treasures, drawing approximately 275,000 visitors annually to see masterpieces by Bellini, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, El Greco, Holbein, Houdon, Ingres, Rembrandt, Renoir, Turner, Vermeer, Whistler, and others, as well as related special exhibitions, education programs, and concerts. Anniversary celebrations in 2010 have included a summertime display of archival architectural drawings, lectures and other education programs, anniversary-themed member events, and the debut of a new orientation film.