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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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The Frist is host to many world class art exhibits. Currently showing are the Art Deco automobiles from the 1920s-30s. It's a class act at the Frist. The exhibits are very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2013
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Nashville
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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Frist is host to many world class art exhibits. Currently showing are the Art Deco automobiles from the 1920s-30s. It's a class act at the Frist. The exhibits are very well laid out, easy to view and even with lots of people, it doesn't seem crowded. The husband and his friend (both approaching 60 and car afficionados) REALLY did... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had heard this Art Deco Car Show was worth seeing and it was sure worth it. As a former Buffaloian, I loved seeing a Pierce-Arrow car and as the grand-daughter of a WPA worker it was wonderful to just be in the building. If your in Nashville and have an 30 minutes to an hour to spare stop by.... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This display of cars created during the 1930s & 1940s that characterized the Art Deco influence is so worth seeing. They are so beautiful, and the stories behind their design and use are interesting. I'm not a car or art enthusiast, but loved being in this environment. Hats off to the curators!

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nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Iam member and thur out the year they hsve different exhibits and exhibitions l visit when coming downtown for lunch it is small compared to most museums but we aleast have the Frist have diff wonderful exhibits so go have lunch at the Union Station Hotel beautiful hotel good food

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Western Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'm not an art museum fan.....but I am a fan of the automobile and the cars in this display are simply stunning. This collection includes some of the most beautiful cars of the art deco era. Pristine and immaculate these cars will simply take your breath! Even if you're only a casual car fan, this show is worth the price... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

If you appreciate Art Deco architecture this is a must see. The (very reasonable) admission cost would be worth paying just to see the lobby. Originally opened in 1934 as a post office, and serving in that capacity until it was repurposed as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2001. A wonderful example of a time when people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

A big bonus on our trip to Nashville was the art deco car exhibition. Beautiful cars in a beautiful setting. Thanks to the very helpful young woman at the reception desk who suggested a nice place for breakfast - Fido's.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

An absolute perfectly restored example of 1930's Art Deco! We saw the Sensuous Steel exhibit while there. 18 perfectly restored & very unique cars and two motorcycles from the Art Deco period! Very, very cool! Going back tonight for music on the courtyard!

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Brentwood, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Went to the Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles exhibit and it was great. There were 18 cars and 2 motorcycles. All were restored to perfection. We were able to take pictures. My only COMPLAINT was the parking attendant. It took us 15 minutes to exit the parking lot because cars in front of us had trouble with the parking ticket... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We just recently returned from a long weekend trip visiting family in Nashville. July is supposed to be hot and dry and we managed to experience 3 solid days of rain. I would normally recommend a museum in the summer as alternative /rainy day programming but we got a chance to experience a really worthwhile museum visit at the Frist.... More 

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