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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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“car exhibit” (27 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Downtown Nashville
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+1 615-244-3340
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Senior Mondays at The Frist. We had to bring in two non-perishable goods for Second Harvest Food Bank and the entrance fee was free. Nick Cave the Chicago-based artist had quite a colorful and imaginative showing. The show is Nov. 10, 2017 -...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great combination of interesting contemporary art and a beautiful, historic art deco building. Even the cafe offered a wide variety of reasonably priced food in a lovely setting.

Thank babs W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was an exhibit on World War I art, which was pretty interesting. I was surprised by the exploding colors in some of the paintings that were completed in the 1917-1919 time frame. There was also an interactive exhibit geared toward children, though adults were...More

Thank Patty L G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we went there was only one floor of an aboriginal exhibit. But it was very interesting and the art deco former post office is a very interesting building to be in. Additionally, they have a very well stocked gift shop there.

Thank dancingdentist60189
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed visiting the museum with family. Parking is easy and they offer significant discount with admission to museum. Staff friendly and accomodating. The layout of the museum makes it an easy visit.

Thank WayneHalper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Frist Center is housed in an old Art Deco post office and it's worth seeing, if only for the architecture. It's focus is temporary art exhibits, some of which are world class. Check the schedule when you come. There are also art activites for...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is truly a beautiful and impressive museum located in Nashville. A friend of mine was traveling through Nashville and we decided to spend time here and we are delighted that we did. It is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. This building at...More

Thank DrMarc9491
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Wonderfully curated temporary exhibits in a beautiful old post office. Docents are informative and open to questions. Delightful restaurant with wall of glass facing exterior garden area.

Thank janice g
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We were looking for something to do on a drizzly day and decided to go visit the Frist. Originally thought a 5-senses display would be our main focus. This turned out to be only a small display in the hallway. So we bought tickets for...More

Thank napabema
Reviewed 31 October 2017

You would never expect such an eatery in a Fine Arts Center. Not only is the setting delightful but the food is excellent and, again, unexpected in a Fine Arts Center, reasonable. Note: This review is about the Cafe, not the Frist Center for the...More

Thank Temblor123
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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
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