Explore Nashville: The Frist Center

Frist Center

Growing up in the Chicagoland area, museum visits were a regular school outing. Once or twice a semester, we would spend the afternoon amongst sea turtles at the Shedd Aquarium or Monet at the Art Institute. I’m not the most educated on the different styles of art, but I love being surrounded by it.

Jordan and I make an effort to visit museums regularly. We look for activities to do together that doesn’t involve shopping and/or a movie/meal combo. Variety is the spice of life!

Frist Center

In early March, we spent a rainy afternoon at The Frist Center For The Visual Arts, Nashville’s art museum. The Frist is small, but their exhibits are rotated regularly. My favorite wing was devoted to Houghton Hall, a grand English country house built originally for the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the early 1700s. The most incredible part about this (OK, incredible to me!) is that Robert’s wifes’ name was Catherine Shorter!

I tried to snap a quick photo of the family tree…but The Frist doesn’t allow photography. I don’t know their reasoning behind prohibiting photography, but I have never been to a museum that didn’t allow it in most of their exhibits (I’m talking about the big ones from Chicago, NYC, London & Paris). It baffled me a bit.

I loved admiring the selected art, furniture, clothing, and china from the house which is still occupied by Walpole’s descendants today. I love the deep familial heritage that is imbedded in houses all over England.

Frist Center


What are your favorite museums? I’ve talked about some of my favorites here & here.

15 thoughts on “Explore Nashville: The Frist Center”

  1. That looks like a great spot! I’ve been to Nashville a handful of times (and love it!) but have never visited The Frist. I will have to add that to my list of must-sees when I return! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  2. This place sounds awesome! Like you, I grew up going to those Chicago museums for field trips every year. I really love the Art Institute! My all-time favorite museum is the Getty Villa in Malibu. We didn’t go to the original Getty while we were in LA, but the Villa is just amazing. It’s a replica of an ancient Grecian estate–SO lovely!

  3. I love museums! Strangely I never made it to Shedd while I went to school in Illinois (always wanted to though) but I loved the Museum of Science and Industry! I also love what you said about trying to find things that aren’t shopping or a movie. We’re the same way! Sometimes we feel boring because we feel like those are the only things we ever seem to do. 🙂

  4. I will have to check out this museum on my next Nashville layover. I enjoy visiting Nashville. The people are so friendly that live in Nashville. I love eating at The Wild Cow cafe.

  5. I know what you mean by going to museums all the time growing up! I lived near San Francisco which is a wealth of that stuff!

    This museum looks beautiful. Actually, my husband will be in Nashville for a conference in September– I’ll tell him to check it out if he has time!

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