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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
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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It is always a pleasure to visit this remarkable museum and the exhibition of Italian automotive Renaissance designers and their cars. After seeing the last exhibit of Art Deco... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I seek out art museums to visit. This one was very disappointing. There were two exhibits. One was old cars...cool, but not what I desire to see in an art museum. We were really only able to see the outside of the vehicles and read the information for each one. Had we been able to see the inside of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is always a pleasure to visit this remarkable museum and the exhibition of Italian automotive Renaissance designers and their cars. After seeing the last exhibit of Art Deco autos, we couldn't wait to visit. Lovely little cafe and friendly staff

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for the art studios for kids run by a group I think was called ArtEscape - it was great. really showed different aspects of art in a hands on way for kids. My 4 and 2 year old were entertained for at least 2 hours. They got to do water colors, draw, make reverse ink prints - it... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to see the Frist yesterday. They had terrific display of Italian cars. It was really great. But aside from another very small exhibition by one artist, that was it! We paid almost $50.00 to get in and were done in an hour. Save your money...

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Italian sports cars exhibit is wonderful! A must see. The only reason I gave it a 4 rating instead of 5 is because when I got home I saw they charged me $3 over the cost of the ticket as a credit card charge. That's absurd...if I had known, I would have paid cash. Just so you know. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go. Cafe lovely too. Exhibitions well designed and interesting. Museum staff generally friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

saw exhibit of Italian supercars, each car art and style with insane power and value. next exhibit grim reality of soviet union era

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in here on a whim as the main exhibit was a show of Italian sports cars, and neither my daughter or I thought we would necessarily be interested in them, but we were blown away by the exquisite beauty and design of these cars, on display in several rooms. We found them both gorgeous and fascinating. We also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before visiting, definitely check their website to see what exhibits are on display. It's a smaller museum that rotates a few exhibits at a time. So if none of them appeal to you, there is no point in going. We got free tickets with Bank of America card (first weekend of the month). During our visit, we were interested in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the exhibit of post WWII Italian designed cars. The cars were amazing and well presented. The design and engineering of the vehicles were curated nicely. We also enjoyed the paintings of Inka Essenhigh. These were a hit with the young teenager in our party.

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