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Frist Center for Visual Arts

Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
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Ranked #17 of 96 Attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a spectacular array of art from around the world. Not only an important cultural focal point for the city of Nashville, it is also a significant architectural structure, occupying one of Nashville’s great historic landmarks, the former main post office. Constructed from 1933 to 1934 under the direction of the local architectural firm of Marr & Holman, it displays both of the most distinctive architectural styles of the period: Classicism and Art Deco.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I love the Frist for many reasons, but the thing that bowls me over every time is the public commitment to student artists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

To walk into the building doesn't cost. And there are free exhibits on the upper floor. We visited during an exhibition of Kandinsky, it was great! There is a children's area where you can try your hand at making your own art, do it! It's fun for all ages! If you don't want to spend money, just go to check... More

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Seems a pity that the former Post Office was built in a manner that befits a museum, but wow is it great. Give the Frist a chance, as a former New Yorker who spent rainy Sunday's in the Met, I can say that this is a great little museum with a curator who has an eye for great exhibits. Saw... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

What better way to stroll through a beautiful museum than with live music playing in the background. I had a couple of hours to spare after a conference and was pleasantly surprised to find the museum open in the evening hours. There was a band playing in the cafe afterhours. The featured exhibit was even more of a treat as... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We returned to the Frist while visiting our family in Nashville. We weren't disappointed at all. There is an exhibition of Kandinsky's work on at the moment and it was stunning. The building itself is worth a visit in its own right as it absolutely fabulous..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

If you like art this is a great place to visit. Exhibitions change every few months so there is often something new.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Amazing building, with some truly great art and all well presented in a stunning building. The staff was friendly, the building was easy to find and very well maintained. There was nothing negative to say about our experience there, except never enough time.

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The wonderful Frist is housed in a former Post Office. It's Art Deco architecture has been lovingly maintained. The galleries are spacious and accommodate exhibitions that are both accessible and fascinating organized by the Frist and numerous art museums and collections from across the globe. Currently, a retrospective devoted to Kandinsky and paired with a magnificent display of artwork and... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Frist is a smaller museum. We went specifically to see the Kandinsky exhibit. The exhibit was really well done and as interesting as I'd hoped. This musuem has no permanent exhibits so you should check and see if there is an exhibit you may be interested in.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It's not a huge place, but we always enjoy it. Check out the changing exhibits and go when there is something you want to see. I have seen some really great exhibits here. Yes it is smaller, but it also is cheaper. Fun to spend a couple hours at. Great section for kids to play and craft - breaks the... More

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