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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Amazing inside and out!!

Beautiful historical building that hosts art exhibits, gift shop and children's art room upstairs. My 18 month grand daughter loved that area. This is one of Nashville musts see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful historical building that hosts art exhibits, gift shop and children's art room upstairs. My 18 month grand daughter loved that area. This is one of Nashville musts see.

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Thank sharonn32
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful historic art deco building (former downtown post office), great gift shop, usually one or two good major exhibits. Nice room upstairs with children's art related activities. It's also right next to the historic Union Station (now a hotel). Go check out their lobby while you are there.

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Thank ron a
Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I went to the museum in January (2016) there was some construction on the main gallery and therefore they were only featuring one exhibit, and it was FANTASTIC. "Phantom Bodies, The Human Aura in Art" was a body of work, "that address themes of trauma, loss, and transformation, while considering the possibility of an animating spirit that can exist... More 

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Created with prolonged and thoughtful community effort, the Frist Center for Visual Arts appears to play an important role in Nashville's cultural life. A museum without a collection, the Center appears to be free to mount interesting exhibitions, and host others that might not be seen frequently elsewhere. In fact, the history of the Center, created from the venerable old... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

live local and on a very limited budget. try to take advantage of the free Mondays or the senior days, always enjoy the experience.

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Thank denric2016
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love going to Frist when they bring new exhibitions. This time were Michelangelo (Sacred and Profane) drawings, including Madonna and Child (presented by Casa Buonarroti). The other exposition that took my breath away was "Ink, Silk and Gold": Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts from Boston.The Ingram Gallery offered a guide to explain the exhibits. There is... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The current exhibit at the Frist is: Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane. It is an amazing and breathtaking glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest artists in the history of man. If that is what you are seeking, you will be richly rewarded. If you are seeking anything profane, you will be deeply disappointed. The collection is larger than... More 

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tallahassee, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

. Especially impressed with the interactive children's activities, Great ideas for a smaller collection. I especially enjoyed the permanent collection there.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

What a great place to visit. Went with two teenagers and we all had a fabulous time. 18 and under are free!

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Clinton, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The building itself is a piece of art history. It was originally a post office and still retains a lot of it's art deco style. Even the hardwood floors inside the exhibit hall was original to the building. Just listening to the attendant talk about the history was fascinating. Then you have the art itself. They have rotating exhibits so... More 

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