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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 #19 of 121 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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Andover, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the current exhibit "the animation show." It gave a historical perspective of various artist's use of film from the 1890's to present day. It displayed the impact of techniques on future artists and the way in which social/political topics were expressed.

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Waterloo Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

By comparison, the Frist Gallery is a small to medium sized Gallery hosting a variety of exhibits, in a broad range of categories. The exhibits which change regularly ranged from from a brilliant photo exhibit by Marty Stuart , to a history of animation, a hands on children's creativity area, through impressionist artists. A calm cool place that allows you... More

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Located in downtown Nashville the Frist is small (read easily manageable) with a nice collection of exhibits. Children <18 are fe and younger children should visit the MartinMartin ArtQuest Gallery for some hands-on experience.

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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I am a member of the Frist. They frequently change well known artist which are always enjoyable to view. Friday evenings local musicians play. There are two floors with wonderful pieces of art made up of various pieces. Also on the second floor, there is a large room for children to enjoy challenging themselves to explore their own desire of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the Marty Stuart photo exhibit. One of the best children's hands on art activity areas. Small collection. No renaissance art. Animation exhibit was interesting.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I've been to Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Chicago Institute of Art. I was expecting the Frist to have at least some of the same type art. I found out it doesn't have a permanent art collection, all the art displays are on-loan from other museums. The day I went... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited on a thursday night at the end of June to see the Watch me Move presentation & it was great ! There were lots of visual effects & it was very interesting to see how motion pictures evolved over time & in different cultures around the world. We also explored other exhibits arounfd & visited the giftshop, which... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The facility is beautiful and the highlight to me. The exhibits were animation and surrealism which are neither my favorite art. They were interesting and I would certainly go back for other types of art.

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This post office turned art gallery is our favorite go to place for art appreciation! We are members, and that allows us to just drop in and visit anytime we want. The exhibits are always thought provoking. We have seen great works and little known artists alike. The building was the old post main Nashville Post office in the Art... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This museum is amazing. I don't have one negative thing to say about it. The exhibits are fascinating (my girls particularly enjoyed the current one, Animatronics) and the kids activity center upstairs is calming and always a huge hit. We love the audio tours (free with our membership, inexpensive otherwise). We were particularly impressed with the gift shop, too. A... More

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