The Connoisseur Pass Is A Museum Value Trifecta
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 30, 2017
One Pass to Rule Them All: Neue Galerie, The Frick Collection, and The Morgan Library and Museum combine forces to attract summer visitors.
This summer marks a new innovation in museum admissions for New York City: three of our best small museums are offering a combination entrance pass this July and August. Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue, corner of 86th Street), The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street), and The Morgan Library and Museum (225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street) have joined forces to offer the Connoisseur Pass at a cost of $40. The pass may be used once at each institution, either all on one day or different days, as long as all three visits are during the months of July and August. It’s a great deal because if you visited each place without it, the combined adult entrance fees would be $62 so it’s like getting one museum visit for free.
So then, what would you be viewing if you took advantage of this deal? The Neue Galerie has two shows on this summer: Richard Gerstl, a little known turn-of-the-century artist and Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie (both through September 25), displaying one of the most famous and expensive paintings in New York City, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt. The work is beautiful, with exquisite details that the many reproductions just don’t show. There is also a fine permanent collection of paintings, furniture and objet d’art to admire. For more information on the shows click here.
At The Frick Collection you enter the home of Henry Clay Frick, the famous American industrialist. His collection embraces some of the finest examples of European art in New York City, ranging from ceramics, enamels, furniture, paintings and sculpture. There are works by Boucher, Corot, David, della Francesca, Goya, Holbein, Ingres, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vermeer; well, we could go on and on but seeing the art is better than talking about it. The special exhibits this summer are Fired By Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection; Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels; and The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals. All are worth visiting for their stunning examples of art and design in different disciplines. For more information on the exhibits click here.
The Morgan Library and Museum is one of the most exciting small museums in New York. They have an outstanding track record of interesting shows that use their extensive network of national and international art connections. In the last year alone they have displayed the manuscripts of Charlotte Bronte and Emily Dickinson, the art of Jean Dubuffet and Hans Memling, collections from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden and their own comprehensive holding of drawings on the subject of Rome and its influence on art. This summer’s list of shows is just as impressive: Henry James and American Painting; This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal; Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age; and Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia. Each offers the visitor an opportunity to explore ideas of art and culture with excellent explanations on each topic. For more details on the exhibits click here.
The Connoisseur Pass may be purchased at the admissions desk of any of the three museums, no online orders are available. Sales begin July 1. Please be aware that children under 10 years old are not admitted to The Frick Collection and children under 12 years are not admitted to the Neue Galerie, and children between 12–16 years must be accompanied by an adult. This is due to the layout and manner in which the galleries display the artworks. The Morgan has no restrictions on child patrons. The Neue Galerie is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, The Frick and The Morgan are closed on Mondays.
Cover: Grand staircase at the Frick Collection; courtesy of the museum.