Visitors with Children

Visitors 18 and younger are always FREE!

The Frist Center is family friendly! We offer children and their families a fun and welcoming place to make and explore art. Be sure to visit the Children and Families section of this website for more information.

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Tips to help you enjoy your visit

  • When you arrive, ask a Visitor Services staff member where to find the bathroom, the Café, and the Gift Shop. Strollers are also available from coat check if you need one.
  • Visitors with infants will find baby changing stations in our public and family restrooms.
  • The Café offers kid-friendly options, including chicken tenders, pizza, fruit salad and grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Before leaving the house, prepare your children for the visit. Check out the exhibitions and discover what there is to see and what special activities are offered for kids and families.
  • Decide together an overall plan for your trip to the Frist Center: What will you do? How long will you visit? Will you visit Martin ArtQuest gallery and other galleries as well as the Gift Shop or the Café?
  • Talk about the rules in art museums: Touch the art only with your eyes, use walking feet in the museum, and never point with pencils or fingers. These rules are to protect the art.
  • You don’t need to be quiet in the galleries! We encourage talking, questions, and even the occasional song in our galleries.
  • Don’t worry that you need to be an expert! Have fun looking at and talking about art—you’ll be amazed at how sharing what you see with your children can enrich your family’s experience.
  • Pack a sketch pad and a regular pencil (no pens) if your children like to draw or write. Give them time to sketch or write their reactions to the art.
  • Keep young children engaged with art by counting, identifying shapes and colors, or naming animals, people, plants, or buildings.
  • Make a game out of looking at artworks: What do you see? What do you think is happening in this artwork? What do you see that makes you say that? Communicate opinions and thoughts-there are no wrong answers to what you see and share.
  • Pace yourself and don’t try to see everything. Pick just a couple of things to do or see. It’s better to make a return visit than to get “museum fatigue.”
  • Divide your visit into small blocks of time, with a variety of activities and time to enjoy a snack, rest, and use the restrooms. 
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