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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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Worth visiting, great exhibits in interesting building

Visited for Italian car show on our vacation from out of state. I had this planned to visit. Pleasant staff at cafe and when we purchased tickets. Loved the autos, they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited for Italian car show on our vacation from out of state. I had this planned to visit. Pleasant staff at cafe and when we purchased tickets. Loved the autos, they were beautiful and they were worth millions so I understand the attention to security. However... watch us as much as you want but do not be obnoxious about it?... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I recently attended an event for members and volunteers of the Frist. The Italian Cars are a must see, such amazing examples of engineering. Works of art each one and in the middle of the show a car by Chrysler. You would think this show is more for men, not so. Frist has a great gift shop. I thought I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed the surrealist exhibit I saw at the Frist in June. Other than that, the Italian renaissance cars weren't my style and neither was the Soviet Era photography exhibit. I can't complain too much though because I got in for free with my student ID (at least fridays after 4 I think). Nowhere near as good as any... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When we were there they had an auto exhibit going on. The fee is $12.00 to get in. If you like art this is the place to go.

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Robertsdale, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The cars they had this month was amazing. The Italian side of cars is really cool. It's not very long but worth the price. Very different types of cars that we don't see often

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ended up at the Frist twice on our recent trip to Nashville. The building is a great reuse of an Art Deco styled post office. It does not have a permanent collection, which makes it interesting to go back many times a year. We had planned our trip around a new exhibit of Newcombe College work that was opening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son took me here to see the exhibit of Itallian automotive design - Bellisima: The Italian Automotive Renaissance - The show was terriffic. Also showing was an exhibit on the Newcomb school of pottery. The exhibits were beautifully displayed and well documented. The museum itself is worth a visit for the wonderful Art Deco architecture. The cafeteria was pleasant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even if there were not amazing art to be viewed, the building itself is a work of art. It is a beautiful example of the best of Art Deco architecture. Don't miss visiting The Frist!!

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Italian automobile exhibit was amazing and two other art exhibits were very interesting. Gift shop was among the best I've seen at a museum or gallery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found the displays to be very interesting and the children's area is very interactive although may not be appropriate for very young children.

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