Visitors ages 18 and younger are always FREE!
The Frist Art Museum is family friendly! We offer children and their families a fun and welcoming place to make and explore art. Be sure to visit the Youth and Families section of this website for more information.
Tips to help you enjoy your visit
- When you arrive, ask a Guest Services staff member where to find the bathroom and the gift shop.
- Find baby-changing stations in the accessible stalls in our public and family restrooms, along with chairs for nursing.
- Before leaving home, prepare your children for the visit. Check out the current 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 Art Museum: What will you do? How long will you visit? Will you visit Martin ArtQuest gallery or the gift shop as well as the exhibition galleries?
- 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.
- Please leave large bags, umbrellas, and backpacks at home or out of view in the trunk of your car.
- Do not carry children on shoulders or in carriers on backs.
- Strollers are allowed in the galleries, but they must be pushed by adults at all times.
- We ask that children under the age of 13 be supervised at all times.
- 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.