Opened to the public in 2001, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has played host to an amazing range of artwork from both the region and around the world. The center is not like most traditional museums, and has become a magnet for the quickly growing visual arts scene in Nashville. New art exhibitions are displayed every six to eight weeks in its stunning art deco building, offering something exciting and new no matter how frequent visitors visit the spacious galleries. The Frist Center is open every day of the week.
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Created to be a family-friendly place to visit, one of the most popular areas in the Frist Center is the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. This colorful and innovative space is filled with the sounds of guests learning through creating art. There are many activities in ArtQuest for visitors of all ages. ArtQuest teaches guests through art activities, and there are many activities for visitors of all ages. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff are available to assist visitors with thirty interactive stations, whether its creating a colorful sculpture, painting a watercolor, or making a print. ArtQuest is free for adults with admission to the gallery, and is always free for guests age eighteen and under.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts also includes a wonderful gift shop. An amazing array of books, art prints, pottery, stunning jewelry, blown glass, clothing, art supplies, and educational materials made by local and regional artisans can be found in the gift shop. Items in the shop vary greatly in price, so there is something for all budgets. The selection of items often changes, as a large amount of the gift shop's merchandise is related to the current exhibitions. The Frist Center Café offers a variety of delicious sandwiches, salad, homemade soups, and desserts. This make the café a popular place to gather for lunch, afternoon snacks, or even dinner when the Frist Center stays open later on Thursday and Friday evenings.
Among the several tours offered at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts are the Walk-Up Tours led by docents at the museum. These guided, informal tours are available Monday to Friday afternoons, as well as on some weekends. No reservation is required for the walk-up tour, only admission to the gallery is needed. All tours at the center start at the Information Desk, which is located just past the entrance to the galleries.
Another tour offered to visitors is the Architecture Tour. This tour provides information about the architecture of the Frist Center, such as when the center was built, who designed the building, and even information about gallery floors among several other aspects of the popular museum. The tour, led by one of the center's engaging docents, takes guests through the Frist Center as they learn more about the amazing landmark building. The Architecture Tour is available every Saturday afternoon and is free to join. For the first tour of each month, there is an ASL interpreter available.
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