There are a multitude of other museums in New York worth visiting besides the well-known MoMa, Guggenheim, and the Met. The Frick Collection is one of them.
Housed in a sprawling mansion on the Upper East Side across from Central Park with a gated lawn and fountain, the Frick transports you back to the early 19th century. The building is the former home of Henry Clay Frick, an industrialist who assembled the collection of art housed at the museum, and is one of the few remaining Gilded Age mansions in New York. Not only is the architecture worth seeing, but also the preserved furniture and collected art inside is equally as beautiful.
I love walking through the hallways of the Frick, admiring the details of every room and imagining what life must have been like for Mr. Frick when he lived there. I especially enjoy the extravagant interior courtyard, which is a popular convening area for visitors.
If you don’t mind lines, the Frick offers pay-what-you-wish admission every Wednesday from 2-6 pm as well as the first Friday night of every month from 6-9 pm (except in the months of January and September). It is a great and inexpensive way to experience a part of New York City’s historical culture.