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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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The Frist is totally amazing. The building, alone, is spectacular. Built as a post office during the depression, the outside represents the classicism traditional at the time, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2014
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Frist is totally amazing. The building, alone, is spectacular. Built as a post office during the depression, the outside represents the classicism traditional at the time, and the inside is amazing deco design. When the post office moved to another location, it stood vacant for years. When it was bought to become the Center for Visual Arts, the original... More 

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I tried so hard, but I couldn't understand Kandinsky. It doesn't feel like art to me if I feel like the artist took three minutes to create it. All seemed to lack effort and skill.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

What a waste of money. There were about three exhibits to choose from, but only felt like 2. One part is dedicated to children, so we adults had to skip that part. Also, it doesn't seem like this museum has a permanent collection. I much prefer museums that aren't mostly blank wall space with a few to several works scattered... More 

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Athens, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Frist never disappoints as there is always something for everyone among the current exhibits. The Kandinsky exhibit is worth the trip to Nashville in itself, and the Marty Stewart photography exhibit is a wonderful trip back in time. I wish I'd had the time to see the other current exhibits this time, but I'll be back!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I love going there to see all the different exhibits. I use to go there just for lunch and the gift shop.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We might not be Chicago or New York, but Mr. Frist did us proud in Nashville with the Frist Center, it is a very classy museum with many great exhibits that come through. There is always something unique to see at the Frist.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great building. Shows traveling art exhibits. Wonderful gift shop. Current show of Kandinsky is instructive with good respresentative works.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Frist is not a large museum but has a great personal collection and usually does very interesting and important exhibitions. Close to the Gulch, downtown, and the West End area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This was a good quiet break from the honky tonk and kitch of Broadway. I enjoy eating in museum cafes as the food is generally decent and the atmosphere calm and quiet. After lunch I enjoyed the collection of photos by Marty Stuart and the collection of realism on loan from the Whitney. The building itself is worth half the... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Although very small with only 3 galleries, it's worth a trip because the building is a work of art in itself! If you like Art Deco design, don't miss the opportunity to see this. (Plus a fun historical surprise- this building used to be the Post Office!)

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