A space for everyone!

Martin ArtQuest® is the Frist Art Museum’s inclusive and interactive art-making space where guests of all ages get creative with activities that delight and inspire. This award-winning space in Nashville’s premier destination for interactive art experiences—and with good reason.

In ArtQuest, accessible art-making stations—where visitors can draw, animate, make prints, paint, and more—help people of all ages discover their unique talents and voices, celebrate their creative energy, and just have fun!

ArtQuest is looking super stylish with new stations that explore the art of McQueen’s design work and Ann Ray’s photography!

ArtQuest activities change three times a year to coincide with one of our current exhibitions. At this time, we are featuring activities inspired by Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, on view in the Ingram Gallery through August 25. We are thrilled to present twelve design sketches by McQueen to inspire guests to create looks for their own spring/summer ’24 collection. The Drawing in the Round station features our mannequin glamorously dressed in a McQ garment with a headpiece inspired by McQueen collaborator Philip Treacy’s elaborate creations. Other exhibition-focused activities include dress-up magnets, a photo framing exercise, and books about fashion and friendship.

Know before you go

  • ArtQuest is open the same hours as the museum.
  • A visit to ArtQuest is included with museum admission (visitors ages 18 and younger always receive free admission!)
  • ArtQuest is designed for individuals and families. However, we welcome group visits to ArtQuest by advance reservation only; availability is limited. For more information, visit our group tours page.
  • ArtQuest welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Staff members are available to assist with accommodations. For more information, visit our accessibility page.
  • For tips on visiting the museum with your family, see our visitors with children page.

“Take a Break” Sensory Kit

In an effort to make ArtQuest a more comfortable and welcoming experience for all of our guests, we are pleased to offer our Take A Break sensory kits. These kits are geared toward those with sensory challenges but are available to anyone who needs a little help calming and focusing while visiting the museum. You are welcome to take the kit anywhere inside the museum—the foyers on the upper level are a great option for a quiet spot.

Each kit includes a weighted lap pad, noise-cancelling headphones, disposable headphone covers, a timer, tangle and sensory tube fidgets, and sanitizing wipes. See an Artquest staff member if you’d like to check out a kit.

ArtQuest: Art is All Around You
Videos and Art Activities

Explore ArtQuest’s concepts wherever you are through ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You, short videos that highlight art ideas and fun family activities, produced in partnership with Nashville Public Television.

Volunteer in ArtQuest!

The ArtQuest team is always looking for helpful hands and smiling faces!

The Frist Art Museum welcomes gifts of any amount to support Martin ArtQuest. Thank you! 


The Frist Art Museum is deeply grateful to our generous Martin ArtQuest Benefactors:

  • Ellen H. Martin, Charles N. Martin, and the Martin Foundation
  • The Cal Turner Family Foundation
  • The William Stamps Farish Fund

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Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.