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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
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+1 615-244-3340
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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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A very special place

The Frist is not a museum but a place for very special exhibits of art, artifacts and even music. The old U.S. Post Office was yet another beautiful government project which was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Frist is not a museum but a place for very special exhibits of art, artifacts and even music. The old U.S. Post Office was yet another beautiful government project which was left behind by time and the internet. Whether it is classic guitars, classic cars, Samurai war armor or ancient Buddhas you will never be disappointed by this Nashville... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There was very little on display. It was an odd experience to visit an art gallery/museum with almost nothing in it. The staff in the Tibetan monk exhibition were surly but we couldn't work out why. Public-facing roles were definitely not their strong suit. The interactive art centre upstairs was good for children. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw Tibetan monks creating a sand Mandela on site. It was amazing !!! There was also a a visual projection of many musicians in rooms of an Aster mansion, each playing an instrument and singing the same song, some as solos and also in groups. I could have stayed for hours just listening. It was so peaceful!!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tibetan monks from a group in Atlanta created a sand Mandela on site and open to the public. Amazing to see the skill and dedication involved. Note: it is scheduled to be destroyed in a ceremony on May 7th. Truly a one of a kind experience.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the Frist Center during a weekend stay in Nashville and thoroughly enjoyed the two exhibits they currently had on display; The Visitors and 2016 Young Tennessee Artists. Both were fairly short in terms of the time required to navigate the exhibits, but they were great nonetheless. The building itself is quite unique and it didn't cost us... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Frist 2 weeks ago. Saw a great exhibit on Samuri, as well as some modern visual projections and a student art exhibit that kicked butt. Very nice galleries, beautiful art deco museum. I will visit again. The gift shop is one of the better gallery gift shops I've ever seen. (other than the Met in NYC... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Frist does not have a permanent exhibit. There were 2 shows when I was there in mid January; both interesting. I highly recommend this Art Museum.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Bellissima! event at the Frist as part of the Italian Car Club gathering. The cars on display were phenomenal and the tour guide really knew what she was talking about. The place was clean both inside and out. The gift shop had a great selection. Look forward to going back in the future!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

It was ok. Like someone else said, small. Would have liked to have seen more ART. Very convenient parking and a bit overpriced.

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Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Interesting exhibit about history and culture including many artifacts; swords, saddles, costumes and more.

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