A wonderful thing about the Frye Art Museum is the exhibits are always changing. I never think, “Oh, I went to the Frye a few months ago; I don’t need to go there again.”
All the visual art disciplines have been represented at the Frye. The works comes from many eras and covers many subjects, sensibilities, cultures, and nations. Calligraphy by Isamu Noguchi, German symbolist paintings, Andy Warhol’s short films, 19th century artisan objects, contemporary African American sculpture… the Frye keeps it fresh and relevant, remaking interiors as exhibits come and go.
The museum building itself is wonderful. The exterior is a blend of smooth stone and silvery metals, with a stone courtyard, a shallow pool, and lots of natural light. The entrance is a domed, sky-lit rotunda that makes me feel as though I’m looking up from inside of a bell. Once inside, the floors are smooth and shining, and square rooms are offset by curving walls.
The Frye is small. You can see it all in a visit of 1-2 hours. The cafe adjoining the courtyard has good sandwiches and soups. Parking is free, and rarely is the museum crowded. This spot is ideal for casual visits — alone, with a friend, with a date, or your parents!
There is a free guided tour at 13:00 daily, and an 11:30 tour Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The small gift shop always has some cool stuff, too.