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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 #16 of 117 attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Incredibly beautiful art deco building that was saved from being demolished. It was once a Post Office and now a great museum. It has rotating exhibits. A great gift shop and a lovely cafeteria. The floor is especially beautiful.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

I found out via social media that The Frist was celebrating it's 13th birthday by giving us the gift of free admission! Yahoo! I have only been in town 1 week- and I love museums! The Frist used to be a Post Office and had great Art Deco architecture! This was going to be a great way to get to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very nice art's center with a hands on interactive area for kids to learn about the arts and take home their own artwork.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Beautiful building but more importantly, was impressed with the Quality of the exhibits! Saw the "Looking East", "Goya" & "Mumford" exhibits. Incredible depth of art & powerful curatorial vision!

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Chcago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Exhibts were on display was outstanding. On display was Steve Mumford's war journals and looking East. Both well worth the price of admission.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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87 reviews 87 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We didn't actually see any of the exhibits on our visit. We just went to see the architecture of museum which is located in an old Post Office. We walked around the lobby, taking in the ornate details both inside and out. If you are interested in architecture, it is a building worth visiting, at least briefly.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Had a great visiting exhibit on Japanese art. Great art deco building repurposed from prior post office. Super children's activity area. We were there on a weekday and the docent led tour was very helpful. Would probably recommend an afternoon visit to avoid busloads of school children.

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Atlanta, GA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I took a group of 12 high school seniors here as part of a trip through Nashville, and we loved it! The group coordinator, Emily, was great at fitting us in at the last minute, and kids 18 and under are free! My husband and I were the chaperones, and one of us got in free, the other paid a... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Frist Center for Visual Arts is a nice facility. It was within easy walking distance from our downtown hotel. The building itself is beautiful and I enjoyed looking at most of the exhibits, particularly on the first floor. They seemed to have a nice children's area, but we did not see what was offered because we did not have... More

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Visited the Frist (with a friend) for the first time for the Rockwell exhibit...absolutely fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Finished the experience with lunch in the cafe on site...very nice.

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