Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum opened in April 2001, and since that time has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region and from around the world.
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 the Café a popular gathering place for brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings when the Frist Art Museum stays open until 9pm.
**Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am–5:30pm; Thursday and Friday 10am–9pm (Martin ArtQuest closes at 5:30pm); Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 1pm–5:30pm (Café opens at noon on Sunday). The Frist Art Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
While the CDC has announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to mask in many instances, for the time being, Frist Art Museum will continue to require all guests, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while in the museum. While advance tickets are no longer required, they will continue to be available through their website as a convenience to guests. Walk-up admission is also now available each day the museum is open.
The museum is currently open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5:30pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5:30pm. Martin ArtQuest (MAQ) will be open Thursday–Sunday from 1pm to 5pm each day. Request your free MAQ ticket at Guest Services when you arrive at the museum. MAQ tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. MAQ is operating at reduced capacity, so there may be a modest wait. Masks or face coverings are required for guests ages two and older. All visitors to the interactive space are required to hand sanitize before entering the space.
While advance tickets are no longer required, they will continue to be available through the Frist Art Museum's website as a convenience to their guests. Walk-up admission is also now available each day the museum is open.
Guests may purchase tickets in advance online or on-site when they arrive at the museum (open Thursdays through Sundays). Tickets are limited to maintain capacity recommendations from the Association of Art Museum Directors.
The Frist Art Museum has implemented enhanced health, procedural, and cleaning protocols to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Learn more here. These efforts are designed to create a safer environment. By visiting the Frist Art Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Failure to comply with the Frist’s procedures, including wearing an appropriate protective face covering and observing proper physical distance guidelines, may result in refusal of entry into or dismissal from museum property.
Please note that there are no refunds on general admission tickets.
Learn more about Frist Art Museum annual memberships.
Open hours and days of the Frist Art Museum are subject to change.
The Frist Art Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
ADMISSION PRICES (As of July 2021)
Free/Frist Art Museum members
Free/Visitors 18 and younger
$10/Seniors (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$10/College students with ID (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$8/Active-duty military (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$12/Person for Groups of 10 or more with advance reservations
The Frist Art Museum takes the following major credit cards: Discover, Master Card, Visa and American Express.
Source: Frist Art Museum