If you are a lover of art, you will certainly want to stop by the Denver Art Museum when you visit Denver, CO. This Museum is well known for some of its special collections, and has more than 68,000 works that have been gathered worldwide.
The Museum was started as far back as 1893 under a different name, but has carried the name Denver Art Museum ever since 1916. Over the years, it has accumulated a number of buildings for its exhibits, but certainly its most unique building is the titanium Frederic C. Hamilton building, which was added in 2006.
The older and larger building is the North Building, which has seven floors of art collections. There is also a bridge that passes between the Hamilton building to the North building.
The Museum has many different collections of art from not only the various parts of the world, but also from different ages, too. There are collections that deal with cultures, such as African Art, Spanish Colonial Art, European and American Art, etc. Among them, one exhibit that the Museum is known for is its large American Indian exhibit. This collection contains more than 18,000 different items that span more than 2,000 years and is from the Indian tribes of America and Canada. There are also Modern and Contemporary displays, as well.
Special collections are only there for a short time but are also certainly worth seeing. These are changed frequently and many times the museum is fortunate to be able to display them for its patrons.
Children are also invited to have some fun at the Museum, too. There are special activities planned for them with either a Family Backpack or an Art Tube. These are packages with activities designed to help the children play an adventure, an art making activity, or more. Some of them also involve piecing together puzzles. These activities are self-guided. The family programs are also available on weekends - when families are most likely to be there.
Teachers are also invited to bring their classes to the museum. Tours can be given of various types, and this includes Introduction Tours, Subject Tours, Exhibition Tours, and more. Various resources are also available to ensure that it is a quality tour.
Classes for adults are available, too. They typically have more than 15,000 adults come each year just to receive various forms of training. This includes classes, courses, and workshops. Special one-day workshops are also available to teachers.
The Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO is open six days a week. On Tuesday through Saturday, it is open from 10 AM until 5 PM. On Fridays, however, the museum is open from 10 AM until 10 PM, but this only applies to the Hamilton building. On Sundays, the hours are from Noon until 5 PM. The museum is fully accessible, has free wheelchairs on a first-come first-served basis. Tours in Spanish are also available.
When you get hungry in the Museum, the Palette's Restaurant can meet your needs. This restaurant in the museum offers elegant settings and fine American cuisine. The Mad Greens Inspired Eats is right across from the main entrance, and it offers salads, soups, and paninis. When you need a coffee, you can stop by Novo Coffee for coffee and various pastries. There are two locations in the museum buildings.