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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
Fee: Yes
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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nice museum, hands on art

nice little museum, I liked John Rogers, there is a hands on part, which is pretty cool, you can draw with water colors and do you own print, the children exhibition is very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

nice little museum, I liked John Rogers, there is a hands on part, which is pretty cool, you can draw with water colors and do you own print, the children exhibition is very good, nice gift shop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My husband took me to see Kandinsky as my Christmas present! I learned about him in school but never had seen so many of his works in person. It was nothing short of amazing. As an architect, learning the history of the building was interesting. My favorite part was the floors and learning how they were put together. You can't... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

When we first moved to Nashville, I sought out and began following the local sources for cultural events on social media. The Frist Center for Visual Arts always seemed to have a rotating calendar filled with events and interesting activities. When my husband and I were finally able to visit, the hall and exhibits were a little disappointing. There was... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderfully restored Deco Post Office reincarnated into a fabulous Art Museum. Staff is superb. The exhibitions of 18th century manor houses and photography are well worth the trip.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Frist Museum is housed in a grandly edificed old post office building. Hard to believe it wasn’t first and always an art museum. Their excellent gift shop is known for its stunning jewelry, reasonably priced and unique. Staff are accommodating and informative. In general, gift selections for women and children seem to predominate. A quick check online indicates there is... More 

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Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a gorgeous building with gorgeous grounds. I got a 4-pack of tickets to museums and attractions at the visitor's center, and thought this would be a nice place to chill for an afternoon away from the downtown crazy. Once I got inside, I kept looking for the rest of the exhibits. There were 2. One was pieces from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was an excellent choice for our family. My husband and I were able to look through the galleries without wearing out our two year old. Then, we were able to let her explore art in the Martin ArtQuest center. The ArtQuest is a hands on creative art exhibit for kids, but adults are encouraged to create as well! This... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Really like that kids 18 and under are free. The kids hands on art section of the museum was definitely the highlight.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is not a traditional art museum, but instead houses traveling exhibitions in there three exhibition spaces. I think it depends on what exhibits they have going at the time, but our experience was great with a variety of choices. Also the center itself is located in a beautiful art nouveau converted post office. It has other helpful amenities such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I were in Nashville recently for a meeting. While we were there, we had an opportunity to visit the Frist Museum in Nashville. The museum has no permanent collection, but the traveling exhibition was from Houghton Hall, the home of Sir Robert Walpole, the first prime minister of England. This was a wonderful display of period pieces... More 

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