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Frist Center for Visual Arts

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Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
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Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a...
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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Fantastic museum with rotating exhibitions. The building itself is worth the visit, but the exhibitions are always very very good too. They often have performances and other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Fantastic museum with rotating exhibitions. The building itself is worth the visit, but the exhibitions are always very very good too. They often have performances and other activities too.

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Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It was rainy when we were visiting Nashville so decided to stop by this museum. So glad we did Free admission for kids and the area for them was fabulous! Kids were able to try print making, created their own videos, painted and played. It was a lot of fun - we were there about 2 hours.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I just went here with my mother and boyfriend, the building is a former post office from the art deco period, and is a piece of art in itself. We went to the Italian fashion exhibit which lasts until Labor Day. It was put on by London's Victoria and Albert Museum..it's Italian Fashion from 1945 to present..it's not to be... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Beautiful Museum, yet small. The exhibits were displayed very well and a lot of room to move about freeely.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I went to the Italian fashion exhibit that lasts until Labor Day this year (2015). I can say that the exhibit was nice. It was better with the iPods to listen to while walking through. I kind of got lost in the audio tour when I got to the end. It was that intriguing. There are some discount prices for... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The building itself is something to marvel at, with beautiful art deco details on the floors, walls and ceilings of the main corridor. My husband and I enjoyed exploring the Italian Style exhibit, Postcards of the Wiener Werkstatte exhibit and the Jaume Plensa works. The activity area on the top floor, while probably aimed at children, is fun for adults... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The First is a very pretty museum, but I wouldn't call it a museum. To me, it is a gallery for traveling exhibits. They have no permanent collections. Granted, they have had some excellent exhibits, but a museum to me has permanent, hanging collections.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This museum doesn't seem to have a permanent collection but every time we have been there is always something interesting going on.

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knoxville, tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were in town for a wedding and we stayed the night and did some stuff in Nasheville for the day. I chose this museum and it was an excellent fit for my 8 y.o. daughter who loves doing arts and crafts. I wanted to culture here as well. The exhibit was some fashion pieces which was also a hit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We've been several times. The Rodin exhibit is still my favorite, though other traveling exhibits stand out nicely. The museum itself is an inviting building in a pseudo Greek remniscient architecture that is open and sweeping and feel goody. I like the arrangement of the museum and the flow of rooms. Pick an exhibit you want to see and plan... More 

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