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Frist Center for Visual Arts

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Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
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Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a...
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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Three superb exhibits in a classic building

The Frist is housed in a dignified old post office ornamented with beautiful Art Deco aluminum grillwork; the building itself, built in the 1930s, is worth a visit. The Frist does... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Westchester County, New York

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Westchester County, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Frist is housed in a dignified old post office ornamented with beautiful Art Deco aluminum grillwork; the building itself, built in the 1930s, is worth a visit. The Frist does not have a permanent collection, but features changing exhibits. We saw an outstanding review of Italian fashion after 1945. All the major designers were highlighted: Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Prada,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

They change the exhibits often enough so that you can visit every few months and see wonderful artifacts, paintings, sculptures, fashion, etc. There is a gift shop, cafe, restrooms, large lobby, members only benefits with special viewings and speakers. Worth visiting more than once.

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WV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Loved the building and the art displays. Nice descriptions. My one thought is the personnel make you feel like thieves when you are actually there to enjoy. They just look at you.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The First Center For The Visual Arts is a refreshing change from country, honky tonks and tourist traps. This is Nashville culture. The permanent exhibits are interesting and well presented. The visiting exhibits are what caught my attention. Italian Fashion since 1945 is a great view of fashion and Italian culture. And the postcard collection from the Leonard A. Lauder... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Some culture in the middle of country music haven. The permanent collections are nice and the traveling excibits are always good too. Great parking for Nashville.

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

I was in town for business with a couple of hours to spend before a meeting, and since this was across from my hotel I decided to get lunch in the cafe and see what they had worth looking at. There were displays on Italian clothing design and history, Austria art and postcards, and a sculpture display by one artist.... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I have visited the Frist 2Xs with friends while in Nashville. Most recently, there was an exhibition featuring Italian fashion. The Frist always has great exhibits and is welcoming to visitors.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My sone and I went only because they were giving free admission to military. We aren't really museum people, so this review may be a little biased. There was a huge exhibit on Italian fashion and that was cool, but not much else that we enjoyed. My son was too old to really enjoy the kids area, but too young... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The people within this museum that are there to provide information are so friendly and helpful. I went for the Plensa exhibit but went through everything. Beautiful museum, excellent exhibits, friendly staff. I was very impressed with the hands on art center for children. It was packed with kids creating and having a wonderful time. They are allowed to take... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

FRIST offers unique art exhibits in a gorgeous Deco-style post office repurposed as exhibition space. While adults will be fascinated by the ever-changing art, textile, sculpture, and even classic automobile exhibitions, children can also find joy in artistic expression. The children's art exploration area is filled with hands-on art projects a

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Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville

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