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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My daughter and I loved the Frist! We went there over Labor Day weekend while in town for a soccer tournament. What a great place. The Art Deco building is BEAUTIFUL and a work of art unto itself. The Frist is the perfect size for about a two hour visit, depending on how fast one is looking at the exhibits.... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The permanent collection isn't what makes the Frist - it is the effort to bring really cool stuff to town which spans a wide range of interests and styles. Nice facility with easy access - we've been many times and will continue. Always something new to discover

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love going to the previews when a curator is with you to talk about the art. I love the atmosphere and the lay out. It is a great place to unwind and be at peace.

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