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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
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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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Awesome cars

Went here while visiting our son at college with his 11 year old brother. Exhibit is wonderful. Be sure to see it before it's gone. Even if you are not a car fanatic, they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Franklin, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the First for the first time recently, primarily for a special exhibit, but also wanting to see some galleries of art. They have virtually no permanent art galleries, just some temporary exhibits. This is a beautiful building which should house a great art collection. What happened in Nashville? Didn't anyone here collect art? Almost every art museum I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here while visiting our son at college with his 11 year old brother. Exhibit is wonderful. Be sure to see it before it's gone. Even if you are not a car fanatic, they are beautiful to see. Other areas were nice as well, but cars were the favorite of everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to see the Bellissuma! The Italian Automotive Renaissance 1945-1975, and discovered a very nice museum. The Bellissuma exhibit is relatively small (22 vehicles) it is very well done. The cars are displays so that you can get intimate with the vehicle, and they are spaced without out being crowded. While we were there we checked out some of... More 

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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon the Frist Art Center....WOW! What a tribute to the arts! The Bellissima! the Italian Auto Renaissance 1945-75, was super!! My wife really loves to look at the cars! Myself, I was interested in The Newcomb Pottery! What a chance! It was beautiful! It all comes from the Post Office. I am certain that Nashville's future is devine!

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very well done exhibits. Lots of interesting traveling exhibits. Loved the Chihuly and Impressionists shows in the past. Nice kids area where they can do art projects.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

WOW! Just walking around this old Post Office building is worth the trip, they don't make them like this any more. We went specifically to see the European car exhibit, absolutely fabulous is an understatement. The cars, the placards, the exhibit, all exceptional. If you like exotic cars, this is a must see. We also visited the upstairs exhibits, great.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not a full blow museum, or art gallery, it is what it's title is.....a center for visual arts. I'm glad to have in Nashville, as the exhibits change several times a year. My favorite was the Norman Rockwell exhibit. The type and variety are constantly changing,,,so if your visiting, be sure to find out what the current exhibit is.... More 

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Channel Islands National Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Frist is worth a visit for the architecture alone! This converted art deco post office has fantastic metalwork and eye-popping sight lines. During our visit the rotating exhibits included a display of innovative Italian race car design, and the Newcomb Pottery Movement, a craft movement that empowered women by teaching them a trade. Both unusual and extremely interesting presentations!

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome Italian cars. If I younger I would've taken a chance and tried to drive the red Mazerati out of there, but I'm too old to go to jail!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fancy cars! Again another car show at the First. The one a few years ago was much better. This one is okay and should not be at the museum. I am guessing they are trying to make $$$. Nashville still needs an art museum with a permanent collection. Everyone that works at the Frist is kind and polite. Great gift... More 

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