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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
Phone Number: +1 303-832-8576
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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art displays an internationally...

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art displays an internationally important collection of decorative art from about 1875 to about 1990. More than 3,500 works are on view, including notable examples of Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Postmodern. Colorado and regional art is also shown, with over 200 artists represented by more than 650 works. The museum features a retrospective of Colorado's distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1981). Kirkland Museum is a member of Historic Artists' Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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From Bakelite to Frank Lloyd Wright

Incredible collection of vintage decorative arts focused primarily on the early to mid-1900's. For a relatively small museum, Kirkland packs a wide variety of items, paintings to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible collection of vintage decorative arts focused primarily on the early to mid-1900's. For a relatively small museum, Kirkland packs a wide variety of items, paintings to glassware, sculpture, textiles and furniture. All displayed in a welcoming setting with knowledgable and friendly staff. Highlights are too numerous to name, there are simply so many wonderful items, well worth the trip.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This extensive design collection is currently housed in the expanded art studio of Colorado artist Vance Kirkland but will soon move to a new larger space, which will include the historic studio. The huge number of holdings will be more visible and more able to be appreciated in the new setting. I look forward to revisiting and spending more time... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Northern Colorado most of my life and hadn't even heard of this place until looking on TripAdvisor for something new to do in the area. This hidden gem is stunning! The entry fee was VERY reasonable and the museum is set up "salon style" so you can see items in their "natural" environment (living room areas set... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By far this is the best example of what a small museum can do to preserve and protect the past. Exhibits are carefully arranged to showcase art pottery, elegant glass, silver, and other decorative arts in a way that causes the visitor to feel as though they have stepped into a home in 1900 Paris.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went because it was highly rated on TripAdvisor. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see. I didn't know who Vance Kirkland was before I went, but am very glad I did. If you like pottery, china, glassware, furniture, and decorations, you will enjoy this space. I particularly liked that so much of it was art... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is a small but awesome museum. If you are into avant garde furniture and awesome huge art work with the most amazing story as to how they came about. Exhibits are interesting.

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Thank Judith D
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We checked it out on "free museum night" last November. I loved it, but then I like detailed things. I had to go back to get a better view of the dishware and furniture.

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Thank Geoviki
Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I'm a potter, but did not know that the Kirkland had such an amazing collection of pottery. From commercial art pottery like Rookwood and Roseville to giants of American ceramics like Peter Voulkos -- it's a prodigious collection. And the furniture -- truly remarkable. We visited a modern Scandinavian design museum in Helsinki last year, and the Kirkland is better!... More 

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Garwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The museum is on the smaller side, but it is jam packed! I'm a huge Fiesta ware fan and there was quite a nice selection. I liked that the museum had things made to look like it was in an actual living space.

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Thank Amanda D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Great museum! If you like mid century and Art Deco, highly recommended. They are closing next May to move to a new location.

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