United States

100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Phone: 720-865-5000

Denver Art Museum

Founded in 1893 and already one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, the Denver Art Museum nearly doubled its gallery space when the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building opened in October 2006. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the Hamilton Building consists of geometric shards flaring out like titanium flower petals. The Museum's striking North Building was designed by Gio Ponti of Italy. In addition to temporary exhibition space and collection galleries, the Hamilton Building includes public spaces and a 280-seat auditorium. The Museum’s galleries showcase some of its 60,000+ works of art, including European and American painting, sculpture, design, and textiles and a world-famous American Indian art collection. Other collections include Western American, pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art, Asian, and architecture, graphics and design. Nationally recognized as a family-friendly place, the Denver Art Museum offers an array of programs including the Just For Fun Center, Family Backpacks, Hotspots, the Kids Corner, and the Discovery Libraries.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum’s American Indian art collection is internationally renowned, and its pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection is outstanding. Other collections include painting and sculpture, Western American, Asian, architecture, design and graphics, modern and contemporary, and textile art.

Architecture, Design & Graphics: The Museum has made a strong commitment to collect Modern design and architecture (post 1750); in particular, contemporary applied arts (post 1960). The department's primary collecting areas are decorative design, functional craft, industrial design, architecture, and graphic design.

Asian: This collection, reflecting the rich diversity and wide-ranging artistic expression of a complex area of the world, is displayed geographically and thematically. Visitors can see one of the very few Tibetan sand mandalas ever preserved for permanent viewing. The Museum features exceptional collections from the Near and Middle East, India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, and Korea.

Institute of Western American Art: Three extraordinary masterworks--Frederic Remington's bronze The Cheyenne, Charles M. Russell's In the Enemy's Country, and Charles Deas's Long Jakes--anchor the encyclopedic collection of the Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. As a department of a general art museum, the Institute's acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications are focused primarily on the esthetic quality and art-historical context of the art of the American West and the development of a distinctive perspective on the art of the American West.

Modern & Contemporary: With a wide representation of local, regional, national and international artists...+ [ Read all ]


Japanese Art from the Colorado Collection of Kimiko and John Powers
October 7, 2006-September 9, 2007

RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan
October 7, 2006-July 15, 2007

Breaking the Mold: The Virginia Vogel Mattern Collection of Contemporary Native American Art
October 7, 2006-August 19, 2007

Debut: Textile Art Acquisitions
March 17, 2007-November 25, 2007

Maria Martinez: American Icon
May 5, 2007-spring 2008

Floating Time: An Environment by Tatsuo Miyajima
Closing date TBD

Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection
Closing date TBD

Cheyenne Visions II
Closing date TBD

New Classics
Closing date TBD

Previous Exhibitions

Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum
Oct. 15, 2005-Jan. 14, 2007

Amish Quilts: Kaleidoscope of Color
March 19, 2005-June 19, 2005

Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca
Oct. 16, 2004-Jan. 23, 2005

Scene Colorado/Sin Colorado
May 8, 2004-Aug. 29, 2004

Painting a New World: Mexican Art & Life, 1521-1821
April 3, 2004–July 25, 2004

El Greco to Picasso from the Phillips Collection
Oct. 4, 2003–Jan. 4, 2004

Sargent and Italy
June 28, 2003–Sept. 21, 2003

March 1, 2003–May 25, 2003

RETROSPECTACLE: 25 Years of Collecting Modern & Contemporary Art
Nov. 16, 2002–Aug. 3, 2003

Contemporary Botanical Art: The Shirley Sherwood Collection
Nov. 2, 2002–Jan. 12, 2003

Art & Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt
March 2–May 26, 2002

US Design, 1975-2000
Feb. 23–May 26, 2002

The Harmsen Collection: A Colorado Legacy
Nov. 23, 2001–Sept. 30, 2005

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore
Oct. 27, 2001–Jan. 20, 2002

Alice Neel
Oct. 6, 2001–Dec. 30, 2001

European Masterpieces: Six Centuries of Paintings from the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
June 23–Sept. 9, 2001

Winslow Homer: Facing Nature
March 3, 2001–April 29, 2001

Ikat: Splendid Silks of Central Asia
Feb. 10, 2001–April 29, 2001

Painters and the American West
Oct. 21, 2000–Jan. 21, 2001

Matisse from The Baltimore Museum of Art
March 12–June 25, 2000

Impressionism: Paintings Collected by European Museums
Oct. 2–Dec. 12, 1999

Art in the Age of Queen Victoria...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

Artisans and Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre
October 5, 2007–January 6, 2008

Heart of the West: George Carlson, Sculpture and Drawing
November 3, 2007–January 27, 2008

Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-75
November 9, 2007–February 3, 2008

Inspiring Impressionism
February 23, 2008–May 25, 2008

Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt
April 13, 2008–July 6, 2008

Charles Deas: Telling Tales to 1840s America
May 17, 2008–August 10, 2008


Colorado residents
Adults - $10
Seniors (65+) & Students - $8
Youth (6–18)- $3
Kids (0–5) - free

Out-of-state visitors
Adults - $13
Seniors (65+) & Students - $10
Youth (6–18)- $5
Kids (0–5) - free

Members receive free admission.
Additional ticket may be required for special exhibitions.

Opening hours

Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am-5 pm
Wednesday & Friday, 10 am-10 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-5 pm

Getting there

The Cultural Complex Garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm. Enter the garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway.

Park anywhere in downtown Denver and use the free 16th Street Mall shuttle to reach the museum. Get off at the Cleveland Place stop and walk south through Civic Center Park. For details, visit

You can reach the museum from anywhere in the metro area via RTD, the Regional Transportation District. For bus and light rail information, visit


If you have special needs or require access services, please call 720-865-4502 (TDD/TTY 720-865-5003) one week prior to your visit.

Small children in strollers and baby backpacks are welcome throughout the museum. A limited number of strollers are available for check out at our welcome centers, which are located in both buildings.

Family restrooms with changing tables are located on level one of the North Building and on every level of the Hamilton Building except four.

The DAM is fully accessible, and free wheelchairs are available. To reserve a wheelchair in advance, call 720-865-4502.

Adaptive and interpretive services, like sign-language tours, are available with one week's notice. To make arrangements, call 720-865-4502 (TDD/TTY 720-865-5003).

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The Denver Art Museum has a strong commitment to making art meaningful and enjoyable to people of all ages and backgrounds. Under the directorship of two of the country’s top museum educators, Melora McDermott-Lewis and Patty Williams, the Museum’s education department has taken a leading role both nationally and internationally in three areas: research about what visitors need to make a museum visit successful and enjoyable; creation of rich and innovative installed learning materials in collection installations and temporary exhibitions (i.e., audio tours, labeling, video and reading areas, response journals, and hands-on and art-making areas), and interactive learning for young people both in school and family groups.


See more great art and architecture with a guided tour of our collections and exhibitions. Most tours are free with general museum admission.

To schedule a group tour (10 or more people), call 720-865-5262.


The DAM offers a wide variety of tours for students in kindergarten through college.

All school tours address Colorado Model Content Standards (CMCS).

School tours are available through June 1, 2007. Space is limited, so please schedule tours at least three weeks in advance (one week for self-guided tours). Please plan self-guided tours for 30 or more students to begin at 12:30 pm or later.

Individual tours can be scheduled online through the museum website. To book more than one tour, call the school programs office at 720-913-0075, Monday–Thursday, 1–5 pm.


There is something fun for families in every gallery and on every floor. For more information about family and kids programs, call 720-913-0049.


Nationally recognized as a family-friendly place, the Denver Art Museum offers a variety of innovative and interactive programs, including the Just For Fun Center, Family Backpacks, the Kids Corner, and the Discovery Libraries.


Discover the benefits of a year-long DAM membership! All members receive these basic benefits:

* Free general admission for an entire year
* Free admission to ticketed exhibitions
* Ability to purchase additional discounted admissions to ticketed exhibitions
* Discounted rates and priority registration for studio classes, kids' camps and classes, and film series
* 10 percent discount on Museum Shop purchases
* Invitations to members-only events
* Subscription to bimonthly members magazine, On & Off the Wall
* Opportunity to sign up for e-newsletter for members, Art Mail
* Opportunity to join museum support groups and volunteer councils
* Reduced rates on selected art magazines, including Architectural Digest, Art in America, and Art & Antiques

Additional benefits vary according to membership level. For more information or to join by phone, call the membership office at 720-913-0130.

Venue hire

The Denver Art Museum offers beautiful spaces for special events, from weddings to corporate parties. For more information, email or call the events office at 720-865-5171.