Frick Art & Historical Center

July 19 & 20
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

One of Pittsburgh’s most prominent and cherished cultural destinations is about to get even better.

Hosting weekend-long grand opening festivities, the Frick Art & Historical Center marks the public unveiling of its new Orientation Center and Museum Store on July 19th and 20th.

The free family-friendly celebration boasts a wide range of daylong activities. Learn all about the design and construction of the new Orientation Center during a meet-the-architects sessions, enjoy informative gallery, design and artist talks, visit Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion, and take docent-led tours of new exhibition, Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist—Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle.

Visitors will be among the first in Pittsburgh to experience the new Orientation Center, which integrates educational technology features to inform the public about the institution, the Frick family and life in Pittsburgh during the 19th century. Inside the new Orientation Center, visitors will also have the opportunity be among the first shoppers at the new Frick Museum Store (members will receive a 15% discount and a free gift with their purchase).

Be sure to stop by the activity table next to the Frick Children’s Playhouse to participate in a hands-on guessing game dubbed History Mystery. What is that strange old object and how was it used in a Victorian-era household? Put on your architect’s hat and get creative as you design and build a fold-up museum of your own to take home. Enjoy an Artist Talk by local jewelry designer Audra Azoury followed by a meet-and-greet session in the Frick Museum Store.

Located in the center of the Frick’s 5.5-acre Point Breeze campus, the new 3,000 square-foot Orientation Center marks the completion of the first phase of a $15M multi-phase expansion and renovation project designed to unify the site’s various components and strengthen its role serving a diverse public.

Read NEXTpittsburgh’s article about the design and construction of the Frick’s new Orientation Center and Museum Store in City Design News.

View a complete schedule of Opening Weekend activities.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...