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Frist Center for Visual Arts

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Nashville
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Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822
Phone Number:
+1 615-244-3340
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Amazing Museum with Kid-Friendly Activity Area

A great place to visit if you enjoy art. The first floor has variety of exhibits that are worth seeing. However, for those with kids, the upper floor is the place to visit. There... read more

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Palatine, Illinois
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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great place to visit if you enjoy art. The first floor has variety of exhibits that are worth seeing. However, for those with kids, the upper floor is the place to visit. There is an area that allows for creative interaction with all sorts of different art styles and media (water color, modeling clay, drawing, animation, etc.). Also very... More 

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Louisville, KY
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always like paintings, sculpture, and drawings ..but never much on photography until now. The gallery at Frist was setting up the first floor and it was closed to the public. The second floor gallery was having a photo exhibition..great I thought...not really. However I must say that after viewing all of the wonderful works, I now have a... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here just to have a look around. We only paid $6 each since one of the main exhibits was closed. The other exhibit was an exhibit of photography. It was interesting and somewhat educational. I would recommend seeing exhibits here. The gift shop is also lovely.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fellow reviewer said eat at the cafe and this was very good advice. The building is an old Art Deco repurposed post office. Fun to look around at the building. The gift shop is interesting and the galleries are small so your visit won't take long.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating photography exhibit, well-curated with plenty of information provided. I learned a lot. There was a family-oriented program going on in the top floor, so I skipped that area.

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a dud; but the Cafe was wonderful! Good coffee and the most delicious dessert, teramisu! Many items are made right on premise; so they are fresh; and not loaded with chemicals. The art was only black and white photos; that were like snapshots!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's normally $12 entry for an adult (under 18 are free) but I went the Monday which was President's Day and I got in for free. It's a fantastic space so I still left a donation. I saw college students get in free for certain days so worth checking that out if you are a student. Walking towards the building... More 

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first wow is the adaptive reuse of a 1930s Postal Facility, which all of the wonderful decorative elements of the period. It is fantastic that the building was reused. To then reuse the building to house exhibits from other museums is a wonderful setting to bring art to the area. We were there when an exhibit of Asian artifacts... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly, well organized, carefully thought out experience for visitors of all kinds. You'll definitely find something of beauty or historical interest, or both. It's not exhausting or stuffy, like some museums. Kids are very welcome. This is my first trip to Nashville, and I'm glad I stopped at Frist the first. Nashville's gorgeous old post office is now the city's... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Frist in Nashville when my brother-in-law came to town. We thoroughly enjoyed all the exhibits. Irving Penn Photography was wonderful and the guide explained everything to us. Loved seeing the Mandala Sand Painting, too. We had a nice meal in the cafe before our tour. A must see when in downtown Nashville.

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