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Denver Art Museum

the ART, a hotel is conveniently near several of Denver's museums. Just a quarter mile away, the Denver Art Museum delivers the familiar in an unfamiliar way, like turning a gallery into a living room with armchairs or combining 40 influential artists into one exhibit. With more than 68,000 masterpieces from well-known artists, like Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, the Denver Art Museum is one of the most comprehensive collections of world art between Chicago and the West coast. 

A seven-story wonder

The building, itself, is a testament to the creativity of Colorado and a tribute to its setting. The design conjures Denver’s backdrop of mountain peaks and the geometric formations found in the foothills. With geometric shards that flare out like titanium flower petals, this 350,000-square-foot architectural landmark is a conversation piece all on its own.

The Denver Art Museum’s stunning design makes way for impressive spaces where art can be displayed to the masses. In January of 2014, Colorado philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton bestowed the largest gift ever given to the museum – a “game-changing” collection of 22 masterworks from revered names in French Impressionism.

The collection includes a Vincent van Gogh work, four Claude Monet masterpieces and three Eugène Boudin paintings. Other artists, like Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam add to the collection, elevating the museum’s holdings of Impressionist works to one of the best in the western United States.

The museum also features impressive collections of American Indian, western American, pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial artwork, along with European, Asian, African and Oceanic collections. Paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles and architecture adorn this seven-story museum. On view through 2017 is Printed and Painted: the Art of Bark Cloth, offering visitors a glimpse of painted, printed and beaten patterns, decorating tapa or cloth used across the Pacific.

Experience the museum to its fullest

Inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s exhibits, dine at the chef-driven museum restaurant Palettes. Featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the adjacent Hamilton building and modern American cuisine with fresh, flavorful ingredients, Palettes creates its own experience.

Take a docent-led tour to learn more about the building’s architecture, glean even more collection highlights or embark on a 30-minute “nooner” tour. For young art enthusiasts, make sure you get your hands on a family backpack full of art-making activities, games and puzzles.

From Nov. 8, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016, the museum will showcase a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie. Never before has an exhibition displayed the father-son duo’s work on such an extensive scale, featuring more than 100 works of media. The display also highlights their backgrounds, showing how their art converged and diverged during their careers. And here’s one other little known secret – the museum offers free general admission on the first Saturday of the month.

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.