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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

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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Wonderful art museum

Small enough not to be overwhelming with wonderful and well-explained exhibits. Restaurant was affordable and truly excellent. Chicken salad was among the best I've ever... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Eleanor B
Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Small enough not to be overwhelming with wonderful and well-explained exhibits. Restaurant was affordable and truly excellent. Chicken salad was among the best I've ever eaten--anywhere.

Thank Eleanor B
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Clean friendly, well kept, quite a variety of venues. Around every corner was another items that you would not expect to see. An old post office turned museum. What a great iede

Thank david l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We enjoyed an afternoon at the Frist. I didn't care for the exhibits, but just seeing the architecture of the old post office building it was housed in was fantastic. It's next to Union Station which is also great to see, and close to good restaurants.

Thank Cheryl A
Tallahassee, Florida
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Wasn't able to spend a lot of time at the Frist Center as we were blowing time before our flight. The kids area upstairs have A LOT of activities for them to do. Will def return.

Thank Mike O
Asheville, North Carolina
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Small museum. Saw Michelangelo drawings and thought well presented. Building is amazing Art Deco Heirloom. Go for the building if not the art.

Thank Inbetweeny
Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Located in a former art deco post office just west of downtown,the Frist is an art gallery with no permanent collection. Instead it brings in traveling exhibits on an approximately three month cycle. I rated it as "very good" rather than "excellent" because it depends on the particular show as to how excited I am to recommend. I do try... More 

Thank Portojon
Nashville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This place is awesome. Normally have great exhibits and the people there are awesome and friendly. Can get headsets to guide you through the exhibits which are very good. The cafe is above average and their soups are made daily. Chips are fresh and made as well. The gift shop is well stocked and in synch with current exhibits. Love... More 

Thank ElmerWHill
Springfield, Tennessee
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This was my first time to the Frist Center and I wasn't too impressed. Don't get me wrong, the building was beautiful and there was plenty to see but the exhibits that were there for my visit lacked something. Everything seemed sterile and predictable for my taste. Nothing really touched me. My kids seemed to like it and it was... More 

Thank Holly W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Michaelangeo exhibit of his sketches. Some were eh, but a few are simply amazing. Their Phantom bodies exhibit also had a few entries that are thought provoking. Very glad to have visited.

Thank ShootingGirl
Mountain View, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We didn't have time to visit an exhibit, which I admit is practically scandalous for 2 art people, but the exterior of this building was intriguing as we passed by, so we entered. It's a fantastic Art Deco structure originally a post office, just glamorous, gorgeous with dark marbleu and cast aluminum railings and fixtures. A man who sat at... More 

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