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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“old post office” (36 reviews)
“car exhibit” (27 reviews)
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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 2 days ago

We went on a Saturday before heading out of town. I went to pay with my Bank of America credit card and my entrance was free due to their museum weekends. My wife showed her card too and we both entered free of charge. Then...More

Thank Tyler R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second visit to the Frist. We had 1 hour to kill and so we asked the volunteer what she would suggest. A little to our disappointment, she recommended the WW1 Art Exhibit...but we were wrong. This was an amazing and emotional exhibit....More

1  Thank JimE782
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Frist had two main exhibits during our visit; World War I art and Nick Cave. The location and building housing the exhibits are exquisite and a pleasure to walk around, with open and elegant areas. The WWI art was interesting, not appealing to our...More

1  Thank vivian p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with 3 teens, all enjoyed and were surprised by the museum. Seemed to be trying to engage younger kids with an activity room- we did not check it out. WWI exhibit was very interesting, Not for kids. Second floor exhibit was really cool to...More

1  Thank Ilana F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Frist museum is a cool diversion from the bustle of downtown Nashville. Really interesting architecture and the exhibits were intriguing. The actual exhibits were rather small but the overall experience is worth the couple of hours it takes. Small entrance fee and worth the...More

1  Thank Pittmanmark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building is beautiful art deco. The special exhibits are on the first floor. Allow an hour to take the audio tour and at a leisurely pace enjoy the changing exhibit. We always allow an extra but if time to have lunch in the cafe....More

1  Thank Elise M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the Nick Cave special exhibit and my husband loved the WWI exhibit. Thoughtfully done exhibits and a great gift shop for travelers.

1  Thank wheelerpa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was totally impressed by this museum from the exterior architecture to the interior. It's a fabulous structure to admire, balance and symmetry throughout. The visiting exhibit was Nick Cage, and I found the exhibit to be visually stunning, like nothing I've ever seen before....More

1  Thank 8ric
Reviewed 26 November 2017

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

1  Thank MSO70
Reviewed 26 November 2017

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.

1  Thank babs W
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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