The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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919 Broadway

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

Before it was The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, this art deco-style building was a U.S. Postal Service office. Now it holds works of art from the region and from around the world, and new art rotates through every six to eight weeks. Past and present exhibits include Roman art, Australian Aboriginal art, collections by Nashville-born artists and more. The museum also promotes learning through creating art in its Martin ArtQuest Gallery, with 30 interactive stations. In this experimental art space, guests can create works of their own. The admission to Martin ArtQuest Gallery is free with adult general admission tickets and free for those 18 and under.

The Frist gift shop and cafe are also popular, as guests like to take a break between exhibits and shop around for collectible pieces to take home. The cafe receives high marks because it offers a variety of menu options, and it caters to what many museumgoers want: good coffee or a glass of wine.

Visitors say the museum is kid-friendly and there are activities for children on the upper level in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. Additionally, travelers appreciated the free Wi-Fi in the museum and the free app that offers an audio tour; the docent-led tours are also informative, according to visitors.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located on Broadway, just west of downtown Nashville. The 3, 4, 5 or 7 bus stops near the museum; parking is also available on-site for those who drive. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; it's open from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students with ID; children 18 and younger can enter for free. You can only purchase tickets in the museum lobby. See the website for additional information.

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