Here you will find answers to our most commonly asked questions regarding membership. If you don’t find your question, please contact our Membership Office at (615) 744-3325.
Who qualifies as a student?
Any person of any age with a valid student ID from a college or university is able to purchase a Student Membership. Students must present their ID at the time of their visit.
Who qualifies as a teacher?
All active teachers with a valid form of ID such as a state issued educators license, pay stub, or current teacher identification badge are eligible to purchase a Teacher Membership. Also, home schools teachers with a valid ID can receive the Teacher rate.
Who qualifies as a senior?
The Frist Center recognizes individuals 65 and older as seniors.
What’s the difference between a Dual and Family Membership?
Both memberships have two primary members. However, with the Family Membership you can designate a caregiver to bring your children to the Frist Center if you are unavailable to do so yourself. In addition, a Family membership provides your children (18 and under) with a birthday card and gift.
When does my membership expire?
Your Frist Center membership expires one year from the end of the month in which you purchased it. Example: If you purchased on June 15, 2011, your expiration date would be June 30, 2012.
Do Frist Center members receive discounts in the Gift Shop?
Yes, a 10% discount is applied on all Gift Shop purchases.
What is a Green Membership?
Green members receive all invitations, newsletters, and annual reports electronically. Simply select “Color Me Green” when you purchase or renew your membership online. Your participation will help reduce our impact on the environment and also will assist the Frist Center in keeping costs low.
What does waive my benefits mean?
Memberships of $65 and below are fully tax-deductible. Memberships of $100 and above have the option to waive the cost of benefits and receive full tax-deductibility.
Is my membership tax-deductible?
Yes, see below to find your tax deductible status:
Friend- $100: Tax deductible amount is $100
Patron- $250: Tax deductible amount is $245
Benefactor- $500: Tax deductible amount is $495
Director’s Circle- $1,000: Tax deductible amount is $900
President’s Circle- $2,500: Tax deductible amount is $2,335
Rembrandt Circle- $5,000: Tax deductible amount is $4,835
Picasso Circle- $10,000: Tax deductible amount is $9,930
Because of the complexity of tax regulations, we recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you have questions regarding your individual circumstances. If you have any other questions regarding tax-deductibility please contact the membership department at 615-744-3325.
For more information about Circle Membership, please call 615.744.3325
Do guest passes roll over from year to year?
Guest passes are a benefit of purchasing a membership. Each year that you renew your membership you will receive new guest passes.
Can my guest(s) come to the Frist Center without a member present?
We encourage members to bring guests to the Frist Center. As a courtesy, we ask that at least one member be present for a guest to use a member’s benefits.
Who can I designate as a secondary member on my membership?
A friend, family member, colleague or anyone that you wish can be a secondary member on a membership.
How long does it take to receive my membership cards?
Here at the Frist Center we strive to bring you the best customer service possible. You may begin using your membership immediately after purchase and should expect to receive your new membership card(s) within two to three weeks.
Does my membership include entrance to Frist Fridays?
Can I use my guest passes for Frist Fridays?
How do I receive my guest passes and parking passes?
Being a Frist Center member should be as easy and fun as possible. Who wants to keep up with more stuff? All of your guest passes and parking passes are noted electronically on your membership record for your convenience. This also helps us to reduce costs and our impact on the environment.
May I bring a guest to member previews?
Member Previews are just one of the great benefits of being a member here at the Frist Center, where members are able to preview the art before the general public. We encourage members to bring guests to see all of the wonderful things the Frist center has to offer. Since this is a member benefit, all guests will be charged an admission fee that can be used towards the purchase of a membership.
Do members receive a discount on parking?
Yes, members receive a discounted rate of $2 the first hour and a $1 for each additional hour. Contributing members receive 4 free parking passes and that number increases with each level of giving. Circle members receive free parking for the entire year.
Do members receive a discount on audio guides?
Yes, audio guides are FREE for members!
Is my membership transferable to another person or family?
Members are always welcome to use their guest passes to bring a friend or family member, however memberships are non-transferable and are only valid for the persons whose names appear on the membership.
Can I use my admission ticket towards a membership?
Yes. A day-of admission receipt is redeemable toward your membership if you purchase the membership that same day.
How do I purchase a gift of membership?
There are 3 easy ways to purchase a gift membership. You can purchase a gift of membership in person, over the phone at (615) 744-3325 or on our website. Upon purchase you will receive a gift certificate that must be redeemed by the recipient before the gift membership becomes active.
Why should I sign up to be a Frist Center online user?
Being a Frist Center online user will help simplify your experience as a member. When you log in to our website, you will have the ability to view your membership, your giving history, update email and personal information, and find out about special news and announcements.
*Please note that using an older browser may limit your site usage. We recommend using Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or Apple Safari 1.2 or higher.
Do you have a reciprocal network with other museums?
Members at the Benefactor level and above receive admission to the following institutions!
Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum
Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Cincinnati: Taft Museum of Art
Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Denver: Denver Art Museum
Farmington (CT): Hill-Stead Museum
Hartford: Wadsworth Athenum Museum of Art
Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts
Kansas City: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum
New Orleans: New Orleans Museum of Art
New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
New York: The Frick Collection
New York: National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
Newark (NJ) The Newark Museum
Norfolk: Chrysler Museum of Art
Northampton: Smith College Museum of Art
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pittsburgh: Frick Art and Historical Center
Portland (ME): Portland Museum of Art
Princeton: Princeton University Art Museum
Providence: The RISD Museum of Art
Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art
Rockland (ME): Farnsworth Art Museum
Salem (MA): Peabody Essex Museum
San Francisco: Asian Art Museum
Santa Fe: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Toronto, Ontario: Art Gallery of Ontario
Washington: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
Washington: National Portrait Gallery
Washington: The Textile Museum
Washington: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington: The Phillips Collection
West Palm Beach: Norton Museum of Art
Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum
What is Avant-Garde?
Avant-Garde members develop an insider’s appreciation for the variety of exhibitions the Frist Center offers, enjoy invitations to social and educational events, and have the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with other members who share a passion for the visual arts and are committed to supporting the Frist Center. Avant-Garde membership is an add-on to any level of membership. All Frist Center members may join the Avant-Garde by adding a $50 program fee to their basic or contributing membership dues.
How do I sign up for an Avant-Garde membership online?
Upon purchase of any level membership, you can click on the Avant-Garde link in your cart. This will take you to the appropriate membership form, which will allow you to sign up for the Avant-Garde program. You may also call the membership office at 615.744.3325.