Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville

4.4
#9 of 19 in Museums in Nashville
A museum with no permanent collection, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, housed inside an old U.S. Post Office building, relies on traveling exhibits and creates its own original shows. Wide, open galleries that cover 2,200 sq m (24,000 sq ft) are filled with artwork and interactive art education. At the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, visitors can experience 30 hands-on displays. Big names, such as Kandinsky, share the space with emerging artists who are just beginning to make their mark. Exhibits and events rotate frequently. Frist Center for the Visual Arts is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Nashville Edition.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Very nice half-a-"museum" during visit. The Frist Center has no permanent collection but hosts traveling exhibits from other places. During our visit there was a World War I exhibit on the first floor...  more »
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  • The First Center for the Arts us a wonderful place to see. The art work is amazing and exquisitely beautiful. There is a children's area for kids ages 12 and under to express themselves in creating a design; building, and drawing. There is a very nice cafe the food and desserts a scrumptious.
  • We spent an amazing morning at Frist! We were surprised by an unexpected story time, (the docent was amazing: prepared, informative, educational, engaging in an age appropriate way) beautiful galleries the perfect scale for little people attention spans, lovely collections, and the hands on art experience upstairs was phenomenal! This is a fantastic resource for the city! Thanks Frist Center for the Visual Arts for a great day!
  • I might have been expecting a little more from this than I got. Houses a few very nice art pieces. The majority of what I saw just wasn't for my taste. I did enjoy going upstairs and getting to create my own art though.
  • This place is definitely unique. The building in of its self is incredible. Visited during a day trip to Nashville, so it wasn't very crowded. The samurai exhibit was really stunning and well thought out, being able to see the things that were apart of their daily lives and all. Also, I absolutely love the idea of the rotating exhibits they do here. I would definitely recommend taking the kids here, too. The upstairs kids area has all kinds of really wonderful things to keep little minds thinking.
  • We went for a weekend trip to Nashville and decided to visit the Frist. The art was captivating and thought invoking. My kids loved the hands on area upstairs, making several types of art. I recommend visiting highly.

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