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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)
+1 303 832 8576
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Ranked #6 of 135 attractions in Denver
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Kirkland Museum displays decorative art from 1880 to 1980, with over 3,300 examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener... more » Owner description: Kirkland Museum displays decorative art from 1880 to 1980, with over 3,300 examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. A retrospective of Colorado’s distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1981), and over 600 works of other modernist Colorado artists are also on view. Kirkland Museum is a member of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. « less
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Reading, Massachusetts, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

On the advice of the kind innkeepers at Castle Marne I visited the Kirkland Museum. My kind of art. Contemporary, complex, and colorful. Nice size museum, you can breeze thru in an hour or linger for many. Great artifact exhibits and explanation of Kirkland's method. And very reasonably priced!

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NE US
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a nice collection of all sorts of useful things for the home like chairs and toasters as well as paintings and some sculpture. If you like modern design this place is for you.

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Casper, Wyoming
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Like furniture, glassware, paintings, household items with great design? This is a place that will give you so.thing to see at every turn as well as background on Kirkland the artist. It is the artists residence converted to display space. Easily will keep you engaged for a couple of hours. There is an age limit, 13+, to enter which will... More

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KirklandMuseum, Outreach Coordinator at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. The museum building consists of Vance Kirkland's original school and studio, however it was not a residence at any point. We apologize for any mis-information you may have gotten. Although we do have limited parking spaces directly in front of the museum, we offer free... More

New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

It was a great wealth of art from decorative art from the 1930's on. It was quiet, not crowded and the staff were very knowledgable. They gave out great information, but did not follow you from room to room. There is a good deal to see, don't miss it!

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Monument, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

One of the best small museums we have seen. Unusually large collection of Vance Kirkland's life work...a retrospective...and technique. The original building was Kirkland's studio and is the oldest commercial arts building in Denver, in itself a small treasure. Collections include a wide variety of Art Neauveau and Art Deco pieces. Very interesting,docent lead, hour tour starting at 1 PM.... More

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KirklandMuseum, Outreach Coordinator at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed the museum and tour. Kirkland Museum offers a guided tour Wednesday-Saturday starting at 1:30pm. We hope you visit again in the future! More

Maryland, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Saw nothing that drew me in... and make me want to linger. It clearly was not my cup of tea but perhaps the collection will speak to others in ways it did not speak to me.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The folks at our B & B recommended this little museum and although we had never head of Vance Kirkland before, we were not disappointed. Kirkland was a Denver based artist whose work went through several phases of evolution over a long and productive life. The museum houses examples from all periods as well as works by other contemporaries of... More

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Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you are on the fence whether to visit this museum, you must make time for it on your trip to Denver. The collection contains surprises around every corner. It was an enjoyable adventure that was far from boring. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. We had time limitations and could not take the guided tour, but with such... More

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Denver, Colorado
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Located not quite downtown, but a few blocks off in the residential neighborhood. Grand little house stuffed to the rafters with the artistic tradition. Every surface should be examined, from the exquisite potteries to the depression era murals on the walls. You may not like everything there, but you'll find plenty you will.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This museum is a gem of the city and that is becoming known for good reason. It opened in 2003 and contains the original studio of Vance Kirkland, one of Denver's known artists who worked at the Denver Art Museum for more than 20 years. Along with Kirkland's paintings, it has a very interesting collection of all types of decorative... More

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