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Frist Center for Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
615-244-3340
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As featured in 3 days in Nashville
Ranked #18 of 122 Attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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... more » 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. « less
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Louisville, KY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Nashville isn't known for its fine art, needless to say. But the Frist family seems to have tried very hard to keep fine art alive despite its seeming contrast to country music and all its spoils. Nestled neatly inside Nashville's former post office, the works are cleanly displayed with informative write-ups about the artists. The collection of Andy Warhol work... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I read a lot of reviews and they all had good things to say, but I was not impressed with this museum at all. The visual art exhibit was a bit overwhelming to the point of motion sickness. The best part of the museum were the photographs in the free section. I am sure there are folks that enjoy this... More

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I do like the fact that some of the exhibits have an audio component, we think it could stand to have even more diversity in it's exhibit selection. I think it could also stand to have some sort of family night that gives discounts to families visiting together.

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Key West
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30 reviews 30 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful Art Deco building and worth the admission just to see the interior.........highly recommended. The current collection was very enjoyable. I think it changes frequently.

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Upper Arlington, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If the motion exhibit is still showing, GO. It was an interesting presentation, interactive, and educational.

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Fairview, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I didn't know much about art before I became a member at the Frist. Now my husband and I seek out art museums on every trip we take. The Frist has unique exhibits which visit from other museums. Sometimes I think I won't like an exhibit, but when I see it, I'm fascinated. We've seen paintings from Warhol to Rembrandt... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Frist is a treasure (no pun intended). I try to make every new exhibit. It's located in the historic old post office. For the building alone, it worth an afternoon, but what they put into it is amazing!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I lived in Connecticut nearly my entire life, just a skip, hop and a jump from NYC--home of the Met, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim museum as well as numerous Chelsea galleries. I grew accustomed to seeing timeless works of art and innovative shows every time I went on an art walk. The Frist is the most well-known museum in... More

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Berkeley, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My 8 and 11 year all praised the Frist as being "interesting" and "awesome." They enjoyed the children's area on the second floor which is a permanent offering. They did block printing, animation, figure drawing and enjoyed the simple pleasure of building and creating with no particular objective. The Frist is a spacious museum built in an old post office... More

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Portland, Oregon
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221 reviews 221 reviews
32 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

One of the most beautiful art deco buildings I've ever seen. Exceptional metalwork on walls and ceilings. Enjoyed artwork, including a photo exhibition that was unique to country music. Only regret is that we didn't have enough time. Next time!

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