As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to post updated information on this page.

Posted May 28, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

The Frist Art Museum announces a reopening plan and new procedures. See the details here.

Posted May 21, 3:00 p.m.

The Frist Art Museum is actively planning reopening. Details will be announced next week.

Posted April 30, 10:00 a.m.

Timeline for Reopening
Museums and other entertainment venues are included in Phase 3 of Mayor Cooper’s “Roadmap for Reopening Nashville,” which was announced on April 23. Phase 3 allows venues to reopen at half capacity with social distancing and other restrictions after 28 days of positive improvement/stability of metrics.

The Frist’s Board of Trustees will review the recommendations of the mayor and the medical community to determine a safe timetable. We currently anticipate reopening in June if the best-case scenario bears out, with proper measures implemented for the health and safety of all visitors, volunteers, and staff.

Posted March 22, 2:50 p.m.

This morning Mayor Cooper announced a “Safer at Home Order” issued by the Medical Director pursuant to the Metro Public Health Department’s declaration of a Health Emergency. This means all non-essential employees must stay home for the safety of all Nashvillians. The Mayor and Health Officials are asking us to stay home and indoors as much as possible and practice social distancing.

In full support of Mayor Cooper’s decision to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help flatten the curve, the Frist Art Museum will remain closed.

Posted March 15, 4:40 p.m.

In an effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the Frist Art Museum will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31. We want to reiterate that there have been no known cases of COVID-19 in connection to the Frist, however, along with many other businesses and places of gathering, we believe closing our space is the right thing to do.

The Frist will continue to monitor guidance from the Metro Public Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health. Updated information will be posted on the Frist Art Museum website and circulated in our e-newsletter. We look forward to announcing when we will be able to open our doors again.

Posted March 15, 1:00 p.m.

The Frist Art Museum Gift Shop will be closed through March 31. 

Posted March 13, 12:20 p.m.

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are our highest priority. In an effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, we are suspending public programs and events and temporarily closing Martin ArtQuest effective Saturday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 31. Our exhibition galleries and gift shop will remain open. The Café will serve a limited menu of drinks and packaged food only. As many of our peer institutions have noted, we recognize that museums provide a place of refuge and calm in uncertain times, a civic role we take very seriously.

Affected programs and events currently include all public programs—lectures, workshops, architecture tours, school visits, Music in the Café, member events, etc.

We want to reassure you that there have been no known cases of COVID-19 among the Frist staff, volunteers, or visitors. We are acting out of an abundance of caution, following recommendations and guidelines from the Tennessee Department of Health and Metro Public Health about holding public events, and we will continue to monitor the developing situation carefully. You can find more information about our precautionary steps here.

We have plans in place to respond to a variety of situations and will continue to revise them as necessary. In the meantime, the museum will continue to welcome visitors. Any changes and updates to our programs or hours will be announced on the Frist Art Museum website, delivered through our e-newsletter, and posted on social media (@FristArtMuseum).

Yesterday, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp sent out the following list of resources:

Helpful Links:
Centers for Disease Control
U.S. Travel Association—Preparedness & Response
Nashville Metro Public Health Department
Tennessee Department of Health

Hotline Available for People with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms
The Tennessee Department of Health has launched a Coronavirus Public Information Line: 877-857-2945
This line is available daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (Central Time Zone).
Call volume may be high, so callers are urged to call again if getting a busy signal.

Posted March 11, 2020
In this challenging time for our region and our country, we want to reassure you that we continue to monitor the best advice available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other reliable sources regarding the spread of COVID-19. The chances of contracting the virus are still relatively remote, and the Frist Art Museum remains open with our normal schedule.

We do want to continue to keep you updated about the precautionary measures the Frist Preparedness Team has implemented as well as offering some general reminders as a form of sustained public awareness.

  • We have significantly increased the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in our building, including door handles, bathroom fixtures, countertops, and other high-touch areas.
  • Disinfectant wipes have been placed in all public areas, including the Grand Lobby, Martin ArtQuest, bathrooms, and café.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in restrooms and placed in locations throughout the building. In Martin ArtQuest, sanitizer dispensers are located at the entry desk in Martin ArtQuest and near the sinks adjacent to the painting station.
  • Signage has been placed in all restrooms to remind staff, volunteers, and guests about frequent and thorough hand washing.
  • We ask any employee, volunteer, vendor, or guest with flu-like symptoms to remain at home and avoid public spaces
  • We urge you to take the normal precautions prescribed for navigating cold and flu season, including adhering to coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper hand washing.


  • We have ceased distributing audioguides until further notice. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own devices to access exhibition audio programs through the FREE Frist Art Museum app.
  • We have suspended staffed coat check and bag check services until further notice. Self-coat check will be available. Visitors are asked to leave bags at home or out of view in the trunks of their cars.  

We encourage everyone to remain calm, wash hands frequently and thoroughly and, as always, make sure any information you consume or share is from a reliable source.

It is possible that the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic will cause cancelation of some upcoming programs. We will communicate regularly through our e-newsletter and through updates on this page of our website.

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 arts access, in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.