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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 #24 of 248 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
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...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Nashville, Tennessee
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This is such a fun place and you can pick which events interest you. Frist fridays happen during the warmer months with band and wine and cocktails to purchase. If there is something you want to see there this is the time to go since the admission gets you music and the museum too.

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Union, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Frist is a majestic building with great exhibits. If staying in downtown Nashville, it's right on Broadway and worth checking out.

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Memphis
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193 reviews 193 reviews
68 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were very fortunate to be able to see the Kadinsky show during our visit to the Frist. And in the past we have seen many great exhibitions. But even if you are unfamiliar with the exhibition artist, the Frist must be on your list. The building is an incredible art deco facility and it is beautiful. Be sure to... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Frist has many exhibits on the first floor. Tour guides are available.. (call for tour times if wish to participate). The second floor has a wonderful interactive area for kids and adults to make art. Many volunteers are there to help you with your masterpiece.

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Barcelona, Spain
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

They don't have a permanent collection, but I've seen several good exhibitions here. There are generally two or three at any given time. It's in a nice building as well, the old post office. If you like art museums, check and see what's on at the Frist. The cafetería is nice, by the way, and quite an acceptable place for... More 

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IC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The museum doesn't have its own permanent collection and it brings in fabulous shows: Kandinsky and early Renaissance art.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Love this place. Could spend days here. Gift shop is amazing. Unique finds. Reasonable prices. Worth the drive! The building is magnificent.

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Murfreesboro, Tn
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We went for a rainy day to the Frist to go through the kids section for my 6yo and 3yo. They both had a wonderful time painting, building, etc. Parking was easy. I was a little surprised that the overall museum was small but it is definately worth the visit.

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midwest
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful museum - both the magnificent Art Deco building and the high quality exhibits. We saw a fantastic Kandinsky retrospective that was top notch.

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Big Rock, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I love the visual arts and all the entertaining, educational things at the Frist center. A must see if you visit Nashville

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