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Frist Center for Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
615-244-3340
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Ranked #18 of 123 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This was a good quiet break from the honky tonk and kitch of Broadway. I enjoy eating in museum cafes as the food is generally decent and the atmosphere calm and quiet. After lunch I enjoyed the collection of photos by Marty Stuart and the collection of realism on loan from the Whitney. The building itself is worth half the... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
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36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Although very small with only 3 galleries, it's worth a trip because the building is a work of art in itself! If you like Art Deco design, don't miss the opportunity to see this. (Plus a fun historical surprise- this building used to be the Post Office!)

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Nashville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great museum in the heart of downtown Nashville. Easy parking, wonderful exhibits. Great children's programs too. A must see for every Nashvillian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We did a tour then spent most of our time in the kids art area. The kids and I loved it and will go back.

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Simpsonville, SC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Frist building is a remarkable restoration of Nashville's Art-Deco Post Office. If you like Art-Deco you are there. Our senior tickets were just $7 for the two us because "only one exhibit was open". There are compensations. It is open late a couple of nights a week, there is entertainment in the cafe, students and other groups are scurrying... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We went here specifically to see the Marty Stuart photography exhibit. This musician's pake on fellow musicians, characters along the "blue line" and the Lakota Nation are amazing. Highly recommend this and its free.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

See the Rose Sculpture with insects out front and you get an idea of the upbeat, varied & fun things that are the Frist. As good as some huge, big-city museums/galleries but scaled down so doable in less time. Even the youngest connect with their artsy side in the art room while travelling, featured exhibits are manageable for grandparents with... More

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Nashville, Ar
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Frist was between exhibits but it was worth the time to see the Marty Stuart photo exhibit. Our visit to the Frist greatly expanded our understanding of the contributions of Marty Stuart to the arts. They also had an excellent display of art from the Whitney Museum. The Frist was one of the highlights of our visit to Nashville.... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The re-purposed post office is now an art nouveau structure housing the Frist Center. Worth visiting for that. Traveling exhibits are strongest items as the collection is relative to world-class museums spotty.

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Austin, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This building is insane! We do a lot of work with period/era films and I can't begin to say how exciting it was to walk into this building and see so many original American Art Deco architectural details still in place! So glad they carry a book on the building itself in the gift shop, immediately bought a copy. Really... More

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