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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 #17 of 96 Attractions 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.
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Big Rock, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This is Nashville, so this isn't on par with the major art museums of other cities. However, it's inexpensive, and you can still easily spend a full afternoon looking at the works in the building. The works are interesting and the tours are informative. The Center draws some quality exhibits as well that are worth the price of admission. My... More 

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Wantagh, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We saw the Kandinsky show while in Nashville. $10 per adult, very quiet and friendly in an art deco buliding.

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stopped by quickly on my way back from Memphis to see their special Kandinsky exhibit. It was FABULOUS. Very interesting temporary exhibit. The staff at the museum were polite and helpful and I was able to fit a lot in to an hour visit. The building itself is part of the beauty--it's the original Nashville Post Office building with sleek... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and I recently visited the Frist Center on weekend visit to Nashville. There were only two exhibits - Kadinsky and Italian religious paintings. The Kadinsky exhibit was very well done and informative. The other one we were less interested. There is no permanent section which was disappointing. There is very nice kids area called Art Quest which I... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

There was everything to like and nothing to dislike! I went for the Italian religious paintings and a retrospect on Kadinsky. The Frist gift shop is wonderful and not be missed while there. There is also a cafe; didn't go but it looked very nice and saw many contented customers.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

One of the best sites for visitors to visit. There is something for everyone! Each time you visit, you can see a new exhibit since there is no permanent collection. Art Quest is the very best for children of all ages. The building itself is art deco - fabulous!

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am not a big museum goer but this was our second trip through the Frist Museum . Not a huge museum but so well laid out and presented its a must. If you have children you most certainly should bring them the Martin Children's wing is an exceptional experience of the visual arts and all Hands On!!! You'll love... More 

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Cheatham County, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Frist is a repurposing of Nashville's former main post office, a terrific building. Though it has no collections of its own, the curators assemble exhibits from other museums and change them throughout the year. There are cultural events that include music, food, and tours, as well as lecture series on several shows. We attended three lunchtime talks based on... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Housed in an old Post Office with wonderful architecture, the Frist Center never disappoints. They do not have a standing collection; rather they feature traveling exhibitions. However, there is always something wonderful to see. If you are visiting Nashville, be sure and check out what is being exhibited. Go for the art but definitely enjoy the architecture while you are... More 

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