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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 #19 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What a waste of money. There were about three exhibits to choose from, but only felt like 2. One part is dedicated to children, so we adults had to skip that part. Also, it doesn't seem like this museum has a permanent collection. I much prefer museums that aren't mostly blank wall space with a few to several works scattered... More

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Athens, GA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Frist never disappoints as there is always something for everyone among the current exhibits. The Kandinsky exhibit is worth the trip to Nashville in itself, and the Marty Stewart photography exhibit is a wonderful trip back in time. I wish I'd had the time to see the other current exhibits this time, but I'll be back!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I love going there to see all the different exhibits. I use to go there just for lunch and the gift shop.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We might not be Chicago or New York, but Mr. Frist did us proud in Nashville with the Frist Center, it is a very classy museum with many great exhibits that come through. There is always something unique to see at the Frist.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Great building. Shows traveling art exhibits. Wonderful gift shop. Current show of Kandinsky is instructive with good respresentative works.

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Los Angeles, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Frist is not a large museum but has a great personal collection and usually does very interesting and important exhibitions. Close to the Gulch, downtown, and the West End area.

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73 reviews 73 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 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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