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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
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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Wilson county art showing

Loved this! Thank you Frist for allowing an art showing for our kids! Free is always good, and teaching kids they have the ability to express themselves too is awesome!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Loved this! Thank you Frist for allowing an art showing for our kids! Free is always good, and teaching kids they have the ability to express themselves too is awesome!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A converted beaux arts era post office has been made into a first class art museum. The setting is as impressive as the contents, and it is in a great location for visiting Nashville by foot.

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sanjose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I like what they did with the space of the old post office. However, they could have had a few more pieces of art to offer. I did like what they had available for the kids .

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This building is stunning! An old Post Office converted to an art museum showing off the US Industrial Era. Beautiful Art Deco postal tables, benches, amazing details on the walls, windows and metal work. The museum was in between exhibits when we were there. The one we did see was showing the juxtaposition of the South and various cultural things... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We really enjoyed the building, itself, as well as all the art. Imagine that this kind of development could have been build by a municipality in those early times. We were very impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We are lucky to have such a Fine location to showcase Art Exhibits, not to mention Free Art in the hall entrance. The staff is knowlegeable and courteous and if you are lucky enough to catch a Docent Tour, you will not regret it. Don't leave without visiting the gift shop. It rivals the MOMA offerings and here too the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We visit one or two times a year. I love that they have different artwork so it is always new. Even my grandson (6 at the time) enjoyed it.

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We go all the time and are never disappointed. Easy to navigate, great facility, even a very good gift store and lunch/dinner facility.

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Hickman, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

this art center is housed in the original US Post Office building downtown. It's a stunning example of art in itself and amazing to think it was a post office. The gallery space is wonderful and there seems to be a wide variety of exhibitions as well as community space and learning areas for children. Well worth a visit!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Not much here but, the building's architecture is fabulous. Occasionally they get very good traveling exhibits.

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