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Enjoy the Arts in Tennessee

From art galleries to festivals, explore the arts and cultural districts across Tennessee to make the most of your trip:

Fly Arts Center

There will be much to see and do during your next stay in Tennessee. From the rich and iconic music history of the state, to the impressive and must-see attractions, there's no way you leave with disappointment. During a visit to the middle region of the state, be sure to check out the Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville.

You can find the Fly Arts Center near downtown Shelbyville along McGrew Street and Main Street. It's housed within the old Fly Manufacturing Company Building. Within the Fly Arts Center, you can find the Fly Community Theater, Bedford Art Gallery & Gift Shop, and the Bedford County History Museum.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Established in 2001, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an art museum located in downtown Nashville. The museum is set in Nashville’s historic U.S. Post Office building – constructed in 1932 and found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Covering 2.5 acres across the Marr and Holman buildings, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts also encompasses 24,000 square feet of gallery space. Visitors are also encouraged to drop by the Frist Center Café, or take something home from the Frist Center Gift Shop.

Rose Center for the Arts

Any visit to eastern Tennessee should involve a tour of the Rose Center for the Arts. Located inside a 19th-century Victorian schoolhouse, the Rose Center is the epicenter for art, culture, and history in Morristown. Each fall in Morristown, the Rose Center for the Arts hosts the biggest festival in town – the Mountain Makins. Check it out and help celebrate a rich history of Appalachian culture.

Built in 1892, the schoolhouse where the Rose Center for the Arts is found was the first ever co-ed high school in Morristown. It's named for Judge James G. Rose, a local Civil War veteran. Up until 1975, the building had operated as a school, but was shut down due to lack of funds. Public art supports and enthusiasts were able to raise funds to re-introduce the building as the Rose Center for the Arts in the same year.