Guided School Visits

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Make the Frick your home for art!

Discover masterpieces of European painting, sculpture, and decorative art in the historic surroundings of a Gilded Age mansion. In small groups guided by experienced museum educators, students engage with works of art dating from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century through lively, in-depth discussion.

Each guided visit is unique and can be tailored to meet curricular needs. Visits support many areas of study, including visual art, social studies, history, literature, and language arts; visits for grades 5-12 align with state and national learning standards. Guided visits focused on the Gilded Age are also available. Orientations to the Frick Art Reference Library, offered in conjunction with Guided School Visits, are available upon request.

No prior knowledge of art is necessary to participate in Guided School Visits. Students are encouraged to look closely, think deeply, and share freely during their visit, and leave inspired to experience art in the galleries of the Frick and beyond.

Grade Level

Guided School Visits are available to students in grades 5 through 12, as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

Scheduling

Guided School Visits can be scheduled Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Guided visits last one hour. Students, teachers, and chaperones are welcome to continue exploring the museum independently after the guided portion of the visit has concluded.

Group Size and Chaperones

Due to the intimate scale of the Frick’s galleries, each Guided School Visit accommodates a maximum of 30 students. Classes with more than 15 students are divided into smaller groups.

Up to three teachers or chaperones may accompany each class; additional chaperones must pay regular admission fee.

Fees

Education at the Frick is committed to removing financial barriers for visiting school groups. Guided visits are free for New York City schools receiving Title I funding and for public colleges and universities.

Non-Title I New York City Schools, Grades 5-12: $150
Non-New York City Schools, Grades 5-12: $200
Private Colleges and Universities: $200

Fees includes up to 30 students and 3 chaperones; additional chaperones must pay regular admission fee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Frick accessible by public transit?
Do you have a place for buses to drop off students and/or park?
How can I submit payment?
Can I visit the museum ahead of time to get a sense of the galleries and collection?
My group includes students with special needs. Should we schedule a Guided School Visit?
Do you teach about the Gilded Age?
What are some museum guidelines and policies we should be aware of?
Can I lead my own students through the museum?
Can students sketch or take notes in the Frick?
Can my students visit the Frick Art Reference Library?
Do you have lunchroom facilities?
I have another question that is not answered here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Frick accessible by public transit?
Yes. The Frick can be reached by taking the 6 train to 68th Street; the Q train to 72nd Street/Second Avenue; the N, R, or W train to Fifth Avenue/59th Street; or by taking the B or C train to 72nd Street and walking across Central Park.

You can also take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 buses Southbound to 5th Avenue/71st Street or Northbound to Madison Avenue/70th Street; or the M72 Eastbound to Madison Avenue/69th Street or Westbound to 5th Avenue/71st Street.

Do you have a place for buses to drop off students and/or park?
Buses may drop students off in front of the museum. Neighborhood street parking is limited. Idling in front of the museum is prohibited, in accordance with New York City law.

How can I submit payment?
The Frick gladly accepts check and credit card payments. Checks made payable to The Frick Collection can be mailed to the attention of the Education Department at 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021. To pay by credit card, call the Education Department at 212.547.0704 and have your invoice number ready. We are not able to accept cash.

We prefer to receive payment at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled visit date. Guided School Visit fees are non-refundable unless due to weather restriction.

Can I visit the museum ahead of time to get a sense of the galleries and collection?
A guided visit invoice grants the visit’s organizer and one guest admission to the Frick in advance of the scheduled visit. Please contact schoolvisits@frick.org or call 212.547.0704 to reserve tickets.

You can also learn more about the museum by visiting our collection database or virtual tour.

My group includes students with special needs. Should we schedule a Guided School Visit?
Yes. The Guided School Visit program welcomes all students in grades 5 and up. When requesting your visit, please share any information you feel would best prepare us to welcome your students.

Do you teach about the Gilded Age?
Education at the Frick offers Guided School Visits focusing on life in the Gilded Age at 1 East 70th Street by request. Please contact us by emailing schoolvisits@frick.org or calling 212.547.0704.

What are some museum guidelines and policies we should be aware of?

  • Visitors are prohibited from touching the paintings, sculpture, furniture, and other objects on display.
  • When you and your students enter the museum, you will be greeted by one of our security personnel who will conduct a hand-check of all bags, backpacks, and purses. When possible, leaving these items on the bus will speed entry into the museum.
  • Students visiting through the Guided School Visit program may not carry bags, coats, or other items during their time in the galleries; a coatroom will be available to store any belongings.
  • Photography is permitted only in the Garden Court of the Frick. More information on our photography policy is available here.
  • Cell phones must be silenced during the Guided School Visit.

Complete list of Frick's guidelines »

Can I lead my own students through the museum?
Museum policy prohibits non-Frick staff members from lecturing or leading tours in the museum. Should you wish to speak to your students in the galleries, you are welcome to do so conversationally in small groups. To reserve an unguided visit of the museum, email groupvisits@frick.org.

Can students sketch or take notes in the Frick?
After the guided portion of the visit has concluded, students are welcome to take notes, complete writing assignments, or sketch in the galleries. Please note that only graphite pencils are permitted in the museum. If you would like your students to write or sketch, please review our policies beforehand.

Can my students visit the Frick Art Reference Library?
Yes, depending on the Reading Room’s availability at the time of your visit it is possible for students to receive an orientation to the resources of the Frick Art Reference Library, and to register as readers. Please let us know in the “Notes” field of the booking form if this is of interest to you.

Do you have lunchroom facilities?
The Frick does not have a café or lunchroom facilities. Bag lunches can be stored during your time in the museum, but we encourage you to eat outside or on the bus. Central Park, right across the street from the museum, is a great spot to eat lunch, weather permitting.

I have another question that is not answered here.
We are happy to help! Please call 212.547.0704 or email schoolvisits@frick.org

 

Principal support for Guided School Visits is provided by the Christian Keesee Charitable Trust and the Charina Endowment Fund.

Guided School Visits are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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