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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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Hermitage, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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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 NEW

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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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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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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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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Hermitage, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I love the Frist! As a resident of Nashville, I am a frequent visitor to this smallish art museum (compared to much larger museums in comparably sized cities). The curators should be applauded for their vision. The Frist does not have a permanent exhibit, but has several well thought-out installations each year. It certainly keeps me coming back. The price... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went there as part of our Nashville 1-day trip, and decided to spend some time there: we weren't disappointed! The fee is ok (10$ per adults). The staff is kind, the building is quite pretty. If you're a contemporary art lover, you might want to stop by!

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