Visitor Guidelines

Children

Children under 10 are not admitted.


Security Procedures

Upon Entering

The safety of The Frick Collection’s visitors, staff, volunteers, and collections is of the highest importance. When you visit the Frick, you will encounter security measures to ensure your safety and the safety of the works of art contained within.

  • You will be greeted upon entry by one of our security personnel who will conduct a hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, and containers.
  • The following items are not permitted: guns, knives, scissors, tools, spray paint, liquids, beverages, or any other object the Frick deems to be a concern.
  • Because of the security measures, the lines for entry to the museum may be long during peak seasons and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation, and assistance in keeping a safe environment.
  • Please note: Galleries begin to close at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Non-service animals, scooters, skateboards, skates, and Segways are not permitted.

Closures

  • Visitors will not be admitted to the Collection after 5:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and after 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
  • The permanent collection galleries will begin to close ten minutes before closing; special exhibition galleries will close fifteen minutes before closing. Galleries begin close at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
  • All public restrooms close ten minutes before closing.

Coatroom Policies

  • Free checking is provided in the coatroom for the following items, which must be checked: coats (unless they are going to be worn), packages, large umbrellas, large handbags, and camera extension poles.
  • Travel luggage, camping backpacks, garment bags, and cameras are not permitted in the coatroom.
  • Large umbrellas must be checked. Free checking is provided in the coatroom.

In the Galleries

  • Visitors are prohibited from touching the paintings, sculpture, furniture, and other objects on display.
  • Sitting on the floor or on cordoned-off furniture is not permitted.
  • Speaking on a cell phone or using a radio or other music device is not permitted in the galleries. 
  • Eating, drinking, and smoking (including e-cigarettes) are not permitted.
  • Lecturing is not permitted, although groups of six people or fewer are allowed to convene in the galleries to discuss works of art quietly, without disturbing other visitors.
  • Your presence at The Frick Collection acknowledges that you have been informed of the potential to be photographed or filmed, and that you grant permission for your likeness to be published.​

Sketching in the Galleries

  • All visitors, including groups of art students, are permitted to sketch in the galleries of The Frick Collection on paper not to exceed 12 x 18 inches and with charcoal or lead pencils only.
  • If individuals need to sharpen their pencils, they must use their own boxes to collect the shavings.
  • The use of pens, colored pencils, oil paints, easels, or watercolors is not allowed.
  • In addition, individuals who sketch in the galleries may not interfere with the flow of visitors through the galleries and are subject to further direction from The Frick Collection Security staff, as necessary.

Drawing Programs provide opportunities to sketch in the galleries.


Photography Policies

In order to preserve the ambience of Mr. Frick's private house and to protect the works of art and their domestic setting, visitors are required to comply with the following rules regarding photography:

  • Still photography without flash for personal use by means of phones, hand-held cameras, and tablet devices is permitted only in the Garden Court, and may not include objects there that are explicitly prohibited by notice.
  • Camera extension poles, videography and use of a tripod are not permitted at any time. When taking photographs, please be courteous to other museum visitors by not blocking their view or impeding their movement.
  • Use of such photography for commercial purposes is not allowed.
  • For questions regarding Rights and Reproduction, please contact the office of Retail and Visitor Services (imagerights@frick.org). 

The museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.


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