“When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?”
Start your evening with the popular tour of the museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001.
For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing:
On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpreters are available for both the 1:30 p.m. docent-guided exhibition tour and the 4:30 p.m. Architecture Tour. Our Docent-guided tours focus on one of the current exhibitions and require gallery admission. Our Architecture Tours explore the Frist Art Museum’s landmark art deco building and are free. Reservations are not required for either tour. ASL interpretation is generously supported by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource fordeaf,hard of hearing, and hearing communities.
For more information about the museum building and its history, visit “The Building” section of their website.
About The Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum opened in April 2001 and has since hosted touring exhibitions from some of the most prestigious collections in the world, as well as award-winning shows organized in-house. Our exhibitions change every few months, so plan to visit often to see what’s new. See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions.
The Frist Art Museum was conceived as a family-friendly place and one of the most popular locations in the center is the innovative Martin ArtQuest Gallery. It’s a colorful space alive with the sounds of learning through making art! ArtQuest activities abound for people of all ages. With 30 interactive stations, and the assistance of knowledgeable staff and volunteers, ArtQuest teaches through activity. Make a print, paint your own original watercolor, create your own colorful sculpture! It’s all there in ArtQuest, and it’s free with gallery admission for adults and always free for youth 18 and under.
While at the Frist Art Museum, be sure to stop by the Frist Art Museum’s beautiful Gift Shop. There, you’ll find a fabulous array of art prints, books, educational materials, art supplies, clothing, blown glass, pottery, and magnificent jewelry made by local and regional artisans. Items are available in a wide range of prices, so there’s always something to fit your budget. Because much of the merchandise relates to the Frist Art Museum’s exhibitions, the array changes often. No wonder it’s often called the best gift shop in Nashville. Discounts for Frist Art Museum members can make it a bargain hunter’s dream!
The popular Frist Art Museum café features a variety of delicious homemade soups, luscious desserts, salads, and sandwiches, making it a popular gathering place for brunch, lunch, and snacks, as well as dinner on Thursdays and Fridays, when the museum stays open until 9:00 p.m. Food trucks provide additional options during events such as Family Festival Day and Art After Dark.
Visitors can consume food in the Turner Courtyard, which has served as a site for weddings and other celebrations. (See our venue rental page for details.) Our Rose on 65th Street sculpture has appeared in countless portraits (and some proposals!) since its arrival in 2012.
Frist Art Museum memberships are available at a number of levels and are a great bargain. Membership is another great Frist Art Museum value and includes unlimited visits, special Member-only invitations, gift shop discounts, discounted parking, guest passes, and special rates on venue rental, just to name a few benefits.
Cover image and text courtesy The Frist Art Museum.