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Frist Center for Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
615-244-3340
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As featured in 3 days in Nashville
Ranked #18 of 122 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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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 NEW

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Louisville, KY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nashville isn't known for its fine art, needless to say. But the Frist family seems to have tried very hard to keep fine art alive despite its seeming contrast to country music and all its spoils. Nestled neatly inside Nashville's former post office, the works are cleanly displayed with informative write-ups about the artists. The collection of Andy Warhol work... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I read a lot of reviews and they all had good things to say, but I was not impressed with this museum at all. The visual art exhibit was a bit overwhelming to the point of motion sickness. The best part of the museum were the photographs in the free section. I am sure there are folks that enjoy this... More

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I do like the fact that some of the exhibits have an audio component, we think it could stand to have even more diversity in it's exhibit selection. I think it could also stand to have some sort of family night that gives discounts to families visiting together.

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Key West
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a beautiful Art Deco building and worth the admission just to see the interior.........highly recommended. The current collection was very enjoyable. I think it changes frequently.

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