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Frist Center for Visual Arts

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Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Phone Number: 615-244-3340
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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We just went to the Italian car exhibit, so can't comment in anything else. But said exhibit was awsome!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Santiago M
Caracas, Venezuela
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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We just went to the Italian car exhibit, so can't comment in anything else. But said exhibit was awsome!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For those expecting a traditional art museum don't bother.. the art on hand was modern pottery.. nothing else

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Frist Center for Visual Arts is my favorite interior in all of Nashville. It is worth a visit to enjoy the beauty of art deco detailing. The gallery shows features world renown art exhibits and collections. People travel great distances to see these spectacular exhibits. You can enjoy a cafe style lunch here, cocktails are offered at some of the... More 

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can visit the Frist while Bellissima is still there, do it. This collection of Italian designed cars from 1945 to 1975 is incredible. A must see, even if you are not a car nut.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by in the late afternoon to catch the display of Italian Automotive Art and were absolutely blown away. The display, the friendly and talkative staff were unlike most stuffy museums. The folks were all helpful even gift shop, excited about the display (even in it last week of the summer) and were genuinely proud of the place as... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited the Frist several times now and have really enjoyed all the exhibits. The vintage Italian car exhibit, Bellissima closes on Sunday October 9th, 2016. These cars are unlike anything you will see nowadays. This exhibit is a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits change regularly. We saw two wonderful exhibits- Italian cars and Newcombe Pottery. It is not far from the downtown area.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Frist was hosting an auto design exposition of Italian designed coups from post WWII, when jet fighter aircraft were just coming out. Auto style designers went all kinds of silly with their designs. This display will end October 9, 2016. If it comes to your area, it will be fun to see.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw info on CBS Sunday Morning and decided to make the trip from FL to see this and the Lane museum. Interesting exhibit, several unique vehicles. Ticket from Frist go us into Lane for half-price. Decided to have lunch at the museum cafe, which was very good. I had a full sandwich with chips and it was all I could... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the car exhibit and they were beautiful. They looked like something the Jetsons would drive. Go see it while it is there. We also view the Newcomb Pottery exhibit and it was very good also.

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