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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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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I really enjoyed the quality of art displayed at the Frist Center. There are more than one level in the building, so there are always at least 2 collections being shown.

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Morrison, Colorado
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126 reviews 126 reviews
21 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

This art museum in situated in a beautifully-restored 1930's Post Office ... that still has some Post Office functions. Apart from the museum there is a cafe that is reportedly a good place for lunch and a well-kept gift store. When we visited there were basically two traveling exhibits: "Creation Story - Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton... More

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Murfreesboro, TN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

20 minutes before closing time they turned lighted exhibits off and told us to leave.

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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222 reviews 222 reviews
98 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This museum offers only temporary exhibits, no permanent exhibits. We saw an exhibit, Creation Story: Gee Bend's Quilts which displays quilts made by African Americans in the south. Along with the quits are personal stories of the quilts as well as how their lives were affected by their willingness to speak out for freedom and equal rights. The quilt exhibit... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Enjoyed browsing the center. Lots of very interesting things to look at.

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Murfreesboro, Tn.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

We have been going to the Frist Center once or twice a year since it opened and we are never disappointed. It is in an art deco building that used to be the main post office for downtown Nashville. It is worth a visit just for the architecture as it is a good example of this style. The preservation is... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Cool vibe inside this Depression Era building project. Held an event in one of the meeting rooms and have a wonderful event. The staff was extremely helpful and professional. Thank you Karen!

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Nashville. TN
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

And they're free. It's always a great place to walk around and see the new exhibit.

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Nashville, TN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I have been to the Frist Center for Visual Arts many times over the years, and have always enjoyed my visits. I've seen the impressionist exhibit, the Egyptian exhibit, and the Monsters and Fairy Tales exhibit. I found the collections to be very thoughtfully assembled and interesting. Those looking for an experience like the Museum of Modern Art in New... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

We really wanted to spend the day exploring the museum, but unfortunately we hit a period of changing exhibits that only left one gallery open. They had a half-price ticket deal going and I was glad they did. The building is a piece of art in itself and we had a good time looking at the architecture. We will return... More

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