The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville!


The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit art exhibition center, with approximately twenty-four thousand square feet of usable gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state, and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. Located at 919 Broadway in Nashville, the Frist welcomes casual, comfortable attire as its members and visitors move about the gallery space, looking at and observing the various works of art that line its walls. The Frist Center opened in April of 2001 and since that time has hosted a spectacular array of art from not only the regions but also from around the world. Unlike any traditional museum, the Frist has become a strong magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding and evolving visual arts scene. There is always something new and exciting to see at the Frist due to an exhibition schedule that has new and different works of art moving through the astonishing decor of the building every 6 – 8 weeks. Click here to see a list of current and upcoming exhibitions at the Frist. The Frist Center is a family-friendly place, and one of the most popular attractions within the Center is the innovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery. It’s a colorful space that is alive with the sounds of learning through the making of art. There are a multitude of ArtQuest activities that are available for people for all ages and from all walks of life. ArtQuest teaches through activity with its 30 interactive stations along with the assistance of its knowledgeable staff and volunteers. ArtQuest offers a multitude of activities for people of all ages, including but not limited making prints, painting with original watercolors, and creating sculptures. It’s free with gallery admission for adults and always free for youth 18 and under. Make sure to stop at the gorgeous Gift Shop during your visit to the Frist! In the gift shop, you will find a fabulous array of books, art supplies, stunning jewelry, blown glass, clothing, prints, pottery, and educational materials. Items are offered within a wide range of prices, so there will probably be something that you love that you can afford! The Frist Center Café features a variety of delicious homemade soups, desserts, salads, and sandwiches, all of which make the Café a popular place for brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner.

  • Vision& Mission
    • Vision:
      • To inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways.
    • Mission:
      • To present and originate high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities.
  •  Hours:
    • Open 7 days a week
    • Monday – Wednesday (10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    • Thursday – Friday (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Martin ArtQuest closes at 5:30 p.m.)
    • Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    • Sunday (1:00–5:30 p.m.; Café opens at 12:00 p.m.)
    • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Admission:
    • Members: Free
    • 18 and younger: Free
    • College Students with ID: $9.00
      • Admission is free for college students with school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays)
    •  Adults: $12.00
    • Seniors (65+): $9.00
    • Active Military (with current military ID): $7.00
    • Groups of 10 or more (with advance reservations): $10.00
    • An iPod Audio Tour is available to purchase for $3.00 (members free)
    • The following major credit cards are accepted: Discover, Master Card, Visa and American Express




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