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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
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Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
Phone Number: +1 303-832-8576
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Description: 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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How unique, what a pleasant surprise

It is small but so crammed with interesting stuff that you could still spend hours there. Not quite like any other museum I have every been to. They even have a few Frank Lloyd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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St. Louis, MO
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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is small but so crammed with interesting stuff that you could still spend hours there. Not quite like any other museum I have every been to. They even have a few Frank Lloyd Wright pieces, which I appreciated since I am a big fan. Check out the art work in the courtyard. And make sure you take the elevator... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This outstanding small museum features the works and studio of Colorado artist Vance Kirkland, works of other Colorado and regional artists, and one of the best collections of decorative art--furniture, pottery, glassware, you name it--I've ever seen. How often can you see a sleek cocktail shaker designed to look like a Zeppelin? It's the kind of place you can go... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Unique layout helps you "get into the period" in which the artist was creating. You really get a feel for his personality. Rooms are laid out like vignettes or set-pieces, with full furnishings, so you really feel you are in a very cool relative's home--not like you're in a museum. Be aware that kids under 13 are not allowed in.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Kirkland is named for Colorado colorist Vance Kirkland, a painter of large, vibrant canvases that he painted flat on the ground suspended from a cradle. On his death, he left his considerable stock of paintings, his studio and a collection of C20th decorative arts to a family friend, Hugh Grant (no relation). Mr Grant has added hugely to the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I loved this place! I know they will be moving to a larger space soon, but this place has a lot of charm and history that I don't know will translate to the new location. I am afraid it will be like the newer version of the Neon Boneyard in Vegas -- still interesting, but safer and more tamed... I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A visit here allows youa unique view into the life and process of a famous local artist. The works he created by dripping paint from dowels as he lay suspended on straps over the canvas are really quite stunning. The ladies who greeted us at the door also gave us a brief overview of the collection and the man. One... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I majored in ceramics in college in 1975 & therefore I have actually studied with & know a lot of the ceramic artists. The McKinnell's were my mentors & I was their assistant for 2 years back in the 80's. Vance Kirkland is a whole other icon of Denver...fascinating life & stories to see at the museum. Loved seeing a... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Very diverse collection of art which include abstract, art deco, art nouveau, and modern. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys these types of art.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Kirkland's paintings and other artists’ art works are cramped in to this small museum, at times feels like you are in a big antique store. I am glad to hear that they will be relocating to a larger space soon. If you go, don’t miss the elevator. It is the tallest elevator, with the biggest paintings on the wall, I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This museum is a two-for-one: a showcase for Denver painter, Vance Kirkland, and an extensive collection of glass, pottery, furniture and more. Especially enjoyed seeing Vance Kirkland's studio as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's coalition of historic artist's homes and studios. Additional items include original Frank LLoyd Wright furnishings, dinnerware and windows.

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Address: Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
Phone Number: +1 303-832-8576
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Capitol Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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