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June 22, 2024

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Frist Art Museum Extends Operating Hours, Programming

Plus free admission for college students on Thursday evenings.

The Frist Art Museum will reinstate operating hours on Thursday evenings and Mondays. Beginning June 16, the galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and will be free to college students with ID from 5 to 8 p.m. Beginning June 20, Monday hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday evenings, the Frist will again offer public programming and event opportunities.

“With increased hours, we look forward to broadening access and learning opportunities for guests of all ages and backgrounds,” says Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Seth Feman. “Through public programming, we will continue to explore creative connections in our Middle Tennessee community to help visitors engage with the exhibitions in new ways.”

Interpretation Director Meagan Rust, who oversees public programs at the Frist, says that there will now be more opportunities for guests to connect with fellow art lovers, with something different planned each week.

“For Thursdays, we are very excited to bring back activities that are more suited to evening hours like live music, film screenings, tours, art-making activities, in-gallery programs, themed food and beverage tastings and more,” Feman continues. “In the warmer months, we also look forward to activating our Turner Courtyard space with activities and offerings for our guests to enjoy.”

The Martin ArtQuest® Gallery (MAQ) and the Frist Art Museum Gift Shop will also be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Grams Coffee and Tea and The Southern V, who are currently serving in the Frist Art Museum Café, will be open during all operating hours.

Upcoming Thursday Evening Programs

Thursday, June 30
Curator’s Perspective: The Aesthetic of Knights in Armor
6:30–7:30 p.m.  
First come, first seated

Join Knights in Armor organizing curator Riccardo Franci of the Museo Stibbert to learn about the exhibition, in which some of the most aesthetically significant works from the museum’s collection of arms and armor are on display.

Thursday, July 28
Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
6:30 p.m. (running time: 91 minutes)

Rated PG; first come, first seated

Join for a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a special introduction by Sarah Childress, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Knights in Armor. This cult classic replays Arthurian mythology in hilarious absurdist mode. In tenth-century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at his Round Table in Camelot. When God sends them on a quest to find the Holy Grail, King Arthur decides the knights should separate and search for the Grail individually. They eventually reunite in hopes that Tim the Enchanter will set them on the right path. Will faith, Tim’s “pointed” guidance, and holy hand grenades be enough to ensure the success of their quest?


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.