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Frist Center for Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
+1 615-244-3340
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Downtown Nashville
+1 615-244-3340
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The building that houses the Frist was formerly a post office and has a unique Art Deco style. The lower floor has a cafe and gift shop in addition to a small exhibit space. The upper gallery hosts rotating exhibits and we were very pleased...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ArtQuest for kids is awesome. Kids can learn to make an animated short video or learn to weave. A great activity for kids, parents and grandparents.

1  Thank PeachBelle8288
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Frist Center features rotating exhibitions of the visual arts. The galleries ant presentation spaces are well-laid out and easy to navigate. Parking is adjacent and is discounted with admission.

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking up Broadway, I've had tourists ask if there is anything to see beyond 5th. I always encourage them to consider a visit to the Frist Center. They'll be surprised at the broad range of exhibits.

Thank Rex P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Frist Center has rotating exhibits of a varied nature and a big mixed activity room for children to interact.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The art exhibits are well-curated, and the old PO building is very cool, but the clincher for our family was the "ArtQuest" space upstairs. The kids (8&11) were able to look for a while downstairs, then make their own art upstairs before applying some of...More

1  Thank Abner01720
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was definitely a highlight of our trip. We are from Dallas so we love our museums there is just so much to take in. This was truly a gem to experience loved the many levels of textures. This only issue we had was...More

1  Thank tiki2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here on our last day. Easy to find and adjacent parking was a plus. Only had enough time for one exhibit but it was amazing. Would have loved to explore further. Definitely would go back!

1  Thank Christine L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even on their website... difficult. So we went Sunday at 10:20 am and, sure enough, though armies of tourists, they weren't open. They may need to reconsider who's in charge of communications.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 17 August 2017

A rainy August 14th, and this was a perfect place to spend several hours. Parking is nearby and free with entry purchase. We focused on three of the exhibits: State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now; Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan...More

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14 July 2017|
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Response from Dr_Xaos | Reviewed this property |
If you're only looking at the exhibit portions of the museum, you should be able to comfortably cover them without rushing in a couple hours. Exhibits do change, so timing could vary a bit due to actual exhibits at that time... More