Frist Art Museum
Frist Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Since opening in 2001, the Frist Art Museum 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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  • Carol B
    Essex, Connecticut31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beatrix Potter exhibit.
    I mean it’s Beatrix Potter!! So much talent! Fun and light-hearted. Personal items included shoes, walking stick, first editions, scrap drawings, beautiful artwork! Frist is a mid sized museum easy to maneuver, comfortable venue. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
  • akitkat118
    Massapequa, New York136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids to let them do art and take a break!
    Kids are FREE. Awesome. The 3rd floor has a studio with hands on kids stuff - my 7 year old was in heaven. My kids spent a lot of time making these stop motion movies... they made a screen print and a water color. There was a bead station... activities on the walls to do like moving shapes and playing with lights and building sculptures. They had a blast and it is a great thing to do with kids to keep them entertained. We went into the gallery portion after and the kids liked it - it's small. I hate when security guards literally STALK us. My kids aren't babies, we told them not to touch stuff but the guards literally get up and like... follow us. It's honestly SO annoying. Otherwise we enjoyed our visit a lot.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Kirk W
    Alexandria, Virginia175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Space
    Excellent building from the size of the galleries to the art deco main hall all the way to the unique hard wood floor. There are no permanent exhibits so it will always be something different. The exhibits were layered out well with a lot of thought to placement, lighting and flow. I recommend a visit no matter the Artist.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 July 2023
  • EaglesFan27
    Reading, Pennsylvania647 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable
    I enjoyed the art museum though it wasn’t as big as I expected. They rotate the galleries, so double check online what they have before you go. I thought the guitar art galleries were a lot of fun to look at.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Luis R
    Greenwich, Connecticut271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of guitars in the US. lots of activities for children
    Great art deco building. We saw an exhibit of the guitar in the US that was excellent. Great help from employees. Go to the second floor and check for art activities for children and adult. Don’t skip the Beatrix Potter exhibit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Special Exhibits
    We went in June of 2023 to see a special exhibit about the history of the guitar in art. It was fantastic and had some incredible pieces. But this isn’t permanent. That’s typically fine except the museum does not display a large permanent collection you would anticipate from a museum in a large city. So while our experience was great, yours may not be. Ultimately, check beforehand for what is on display.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
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travelqueen
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This museum is well worth a visit. Housed inside the city's former post office, the solemn, beaurocratic-feel of the atrium contrasts sharply with the modern galleries. The Southern/Modern exhibition was organized by theme, creating a cohesive flow between different aspects of Southern life. I particularly appreciated the quotes and self-reflection questions that introduced each segment. What made the deepest impression on me was the exhibition in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery of LaToya M. Hobbs' work, featuring larger-than-life woodcarving prints of her everyday life. If you can see it before it ends on April 28, 2024, I recommend it.
Written 25 March 2024
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4bears4
Chambersburg, PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited with our 7 yr old grandson. Viewed the exhibits and spent hours enjoying the hands on activities. Painting, collages, screen prints, and sketching.
Written 30 December 2023
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We went in June of 2023 to see a special exhibit about the history of the guitar in art. It was fantastic and had some incredible pieces. But this isn’t permanent. That’s typically fine except the museum does not display a large permanent collection you would anticipate from a museum in a large city. So while our experience was great, yours may not be. Ultimately, check beforehand for what is on display.
Written 10 October 2023
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KBD87
Arkansas1,155 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We have been to many art museums around the world and this one is below average. There is only one exhibit and if you do not like the artist you are wasting your time and money. There is absolutely nothing else to look at but the featured artist. To many other things to do than this.
Written 8 October 2023
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LadyN516
Atlanta, GA92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
When my family arrived, there was only one exhibit currently open. I appreciate the staff for telling us this before we wasted the money on tickets to get in because that would have been even more disappointing. So instead we walked around the open area, saw what little there was of the afro-futurism art and went to the gift shop. The gift shop, to its credit, had a lot of cool things to purchase
Written 14 September 2023
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NYCfoodie8
New York, NY20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Stood in line for 30 minutes to get entrance sticker even with pre-purchased online tickets

Ridiculous system and a waste of time. They need to get organized.
Written 3 September 2023
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zmoniz
Bermuda8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
While the Frist Art Museum is a beautiful building, it basically contained only one exhibit. There was a guitar exhibit on the way in, and a student section, but I expected more than just the advertised exhibit. For such a large building, and the high admission price, I expected the advertised exhibit to be one of many exhibits in the museum. It should have been advertised as basically the only thing there.
Written 2 September 2023
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traveling_gal00
Toronto, Canada118 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The building is really nice and its in a great location. But I was disappointed that there is no permanent collection, and the guitar exhibit was closed even though it was advertised on their website. It felt a bit frustrating paying full price when half the museum was blocked off. I was also annoyed that a school field trip took over the entire kids' area, meaning my child couldn't participate. I think special field trips should be creating art in one of their private classrooms instead. I did think it was great that teen art was displayed and young talent was being celebrated.
Written 27 August 2023
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Luis R
Greenwich, CT271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great art deco building. We saw an exhibit of the guitar in the US that was excellent. Great help from employees. Go to the second floor and check for art activities for children and adult. Don’t skip the Beatrix Potter exhibit.
Written 28 July 2023
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the art museum though it wasn’t as big as I expected. They rotate the galleries, so double check online what they have before you go. I thought the guitar art galleries were a lot of fun to look at.
Written 5 July 2023
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