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Frist Center for Visual Arts

Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
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Ranked #12 of 98 Attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, 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...
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Type: Art Museums, 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 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Nashville, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Crazy to think this place was the first post office in Nashville?! There cafe is great to get lunch and I love the Frist Fridays they have in the fall. Exhibits are always changing and will not disappoint.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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96 reviews 96 reviews
52 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

When I went to the Frist, they had several special exhibits which is standard and they change every little bit or so - so if there's something special coming around make sure to read up about it first. I did not like the exhibits when I went, but that's my personal opinion. - Also, their permanent art gallery doesn't contain... More 

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New York, Ny
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13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Two wonderful exhibits: Carrie Mae Weams, a female African-American artist I had never heard of: INCREDIBLE body of work on being a black female not just in America but including world history as well. And German Expressionism, fascinating. A lovely and interesting museum.

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Balti, Moldova
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

They have great visiting exhibits. German Expressionism was at that time. Definitely will be coming back for anything new. Kids liked making prints and drawing in the kids area. And we got a free admission with the purchase of a symphony concert tickets (which was a deal at the time).

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Nashville,Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

my husband and I are gallery members. we visit every season because there is always something new to see. we recommend it to our visitors and family to include in there time here. the frist has exhibits from world renown museums and art galleries like the Victoria and Albert in London. the gift shop is amazing and the restaurant good... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Love the exhibit area downstairs...it is there for a limited amount of time.....easily spent two hours before I hit the stairs to see the rest of the place. There is a kid area to make and create. I actually did an activity and was blown away by the results. So appropriate for the entire family....or a really cute date spot... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

It is difficult sometimes to.find places the whole family can enjoy. But we all had fun (even if it was some.ups and Downs) here. The interactive part was fun fir the kids, but also for the adults with printing, filming, painting, modelling, etc.

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Macon, Georgia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We enjoyed the two floors of exhibits. Current exhibits include video and multimedia. Several exhibits feature artists who made controversial statements with their art. Note that parking is behind the museum.

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Mobile, Alabama
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60 reviews 60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

The Frist has no permanent exhibitions, so there isn't any real point in my telling you (unless you'll be there before January or February 2013) that my husband and I came away agreeing that the visit was well worth our time and money. I wish I were a better educated student of art, and could give voice to my reactions... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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91 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Frist is housed in a lovely building and is designed to be a 2-3 hour experience. Just enough to immerse your self in one of the wonderful exhibits that is being showcased during your visit. The gift shop is a good place to do some holiday shopping. After the museum, go across the street to the Flying Saucer for... More 

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