the Art, a Hotel Guide to the Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum isn’t merely one of the city’s most popular attractions — it’s also one of the largest art museums in the western United States, comprising more than 70,000 artworks and artifacts from cultures spanning the globe. Plan your visit using our handy guide to the venue, featuring a breakdown of popular collections and temporary exhibitions, as well as relevant information about museum accessibility, hours, parking, and more.
Collections and Exhibitions
The museum’s array of collections is vast — you can actually view works from all six inhabited continents, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, garments, textiles, and installations. We suggest that you start with the most popular collections, such as American-Indian art, oceanic art, and pre-Columbian art. Popular exhibitions have ranged from 2019’s “Dior: From Paris to the World” to the current exhibition “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” — the largest U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in 20 years.
If you visit later on, you’ll be able to catch this year’s centerpiece, “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism,” debuting October 25. You’ll see 150 mesmerizing works by various Mexican artists, including pieces by the namesake painters.
We highly recommend complementing your visit with a course, a lecture, or a behind-the-scenes conversation between museum staff. There are symposia throughout the year, as well, with a focus on pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, western American, and American Indian art. For those who want to create some artwork themselves, drop-in drawing courses take place monthly.
Shopping and Dining
If you wish to take home a souvenir of your visit, the museum holds a well-appointed shop carrying artwork-inspired books, posters, puzzles, and magnets, as well as art supplies, housewares, and accessories. The shop also contains an eatery known as the Callahan Café, where you can enjoy salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.
Of course, you can always head steps away to the rooftop farm-to-table restaurant FIRE, located right here at the ART, a hotel. In fact, you’ll enjoy complimentary valet parking (three hours) when dining at the restaurant, and seeing as the property shares the same garage as the museum, this gives you an opportunity to check out the collections without having to pay for parking.
The museum offers accessible parking spaces in the Cultural Center Garage and on 13th Avenue, accessible restrooms on every level, sign-language interpretation, booklets featuring Braille and larger print, and access programs. Among these are Explorer Packs for visitors with autism and tours for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Children are well catered to, with the museum hosting art classes monthly and during school vacations, as well as “gallery games” such as I Spy and Bingo. Admission for guests 18 and under is complimentary year-round.
The museum is open year-round (except national holidays) Saturday through Thursday, from 10am–5pm, and on Friday from 10am–8pm. Parking is available in the nearby Cultural Center Complex garage, which holds charging stations for electric cars. Half-hour art talks occur twice a week at noon, and docents lead exhibition tours regularly; check out the museum’s website for a complete schedule.
Plan Your Visit
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