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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
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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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beautiful buildlng and tasteful galleries

On a cold but sunny December day in Nashville, the Frist Center is a delightful place to visit. The building is a marvel of art deco style and beautifully restored. It is not a... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a cold but sunny December day in Nashville, the Frist Center is a delightful place to visit. The building is a marvel of art deco style and beautifully restored. It is not a huge center, but I prefer not to have information overload. The Samurai exhibit was fascinating and the beautiful armor, helmets and weapons were laid out in... More 

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Miami
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is part of the Bank of America free Museum weekend. it is 10 blocks uphill from The District (Downtown Nashville). Good for families.

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Jobstown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't call the Frist Center an intimate venue, but it's small enough to allow for leisurely meandering without consuming your whole afternoon. The venue itself is beautiful (you won't want to miss the parquet floors inside, or the gargantuan rose sculpture outside), and the exhibits are displayed nicely. If you visit by 2/12/17, DO NOT MISS The Visitors by... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every few months we go the Frist since their exhibits are always changing and they are so very interesting! My husband especially likes when they have auto exhibits such as the recent "Bellisimo" or the "Art Deco Automobiles" a few years back. The building itself is just beautiful and walking distance from the honky tonks of downtown Nashville. While visiting... More 

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Waupaca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the museum yesterday which is located in an old post office and there is parking behind the museum at a discount. The exhibit was very interesting and we learned so much about the warriors of Japan. Give yourself 90 minutes for the exhibit and be sure and check out the gift shop which is a notch above most museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum without a permanent art collection. I is housed in the old Art Deco Post Office Building on Broadway next to the Union Station Hotel. I is filled with traveling exhibits, so there is always a reason to stop by and see what is passing thru town. The building itself in a museum worth going to.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is clear that the main art form of Nashville is music and not art. There was only 2 floors to the museum and the one floor was between exhibits so only 1 floor was open. It was all about a pottery house in the early 1900s that flourished with women artists. It was ok. The most interesting part of... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in Nashville and try to see the rotating exhibits as they come through. The exhibits are very unusual and varied every time.

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We loved the interactive kids area but the rest of the center is a bit dry for young children. The temporary exhibit about the Italian automobiles was very fun for a young boy though. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Fortunate to see the Newcomb Pottery exhibit. The displays of artifacts and historical verbiage was entrancing and educational. I'm glad I didn't miss it. Looks like a great place to hold a party/reception!

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