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“Unforgettable museum with an eclectic collection”

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
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Owner description: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed as we relocate to a new golden building in Denver’s Golden Triangle. Kirkland Museum’s Grand Opening is scheduled for March 10, 2018. The museum’s new building will offer visitors an enhanced experience with more display space while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. The museum’s three collections are: • International Decorative Art—A celebrated collection including notable examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern. • Colorado & Regional Art—The largest repository of art showcasing the state and region’s talent, concentrating on the 1850s through the 1990s with about 7,000 works more than 700 artists. • Vance Kirkland Retrospective—Kirkland (1904–1981) is generally considered Colorado’s most distinguished modern painter. About 550 paintings and about 600 drawings and prints are held in his estate collection.
Reviewed September 30, 2011

This is not your typical art museum and pretty much breaks every rule of a modern museum. Housed in an old house/school, it is more of an old style museum with items in every nick and cranny. There are paintings by Kirkland along with many others. Rooms are filled with mid century modern furniture, trinkets and paintings covering the walls. There is an extensive collection of glassware and pottery, most of it interesting mid-century modern designs. There is limited parking across the street, I actually parked at the Denver Art museum and walked the six block to the Kirkland. Photography is allowed without a flash. Children under 13 are NOT allowed since so much of the art is in the open and easily damaged. A very interesting and eclectic museum that is rarely seen today, I highly recommend it. $7 for adults.

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Reviewed September 17, 2011

If you enjoy the reemergence of the Midcentury Modern movement or just want to spend a few hours in a quirky but cool museum, the Kirkland is for you! I was continually awed by what awaited as I moved from one room to the next. All of the icons of design are represented here along with decor items that are rare and beautiful. Take a chance and be rewarded in so many ways...

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Reviewed September 7, 2010

We were so impressed with the excitement generated by well-thought out exhibits of decorative arts (1880 to 1980), Vance Kirkland's explosive paintings seeming to burst from the walls, and the most friendly and good humored staff imaginable that we had signed up as members and volunteers before we left the museum that first day.
Did you dismiss Modern Art as something you weren't interested in, or didn't know much about? Then you haven't been to the Kirkland. Do displays of beautiful pottery or glassware bring back tender memories of "home"? A visit to the Kirkland will touch you deeply. And, you will learn about the roots of good design, how beautiful furnishings shaped our lives, and about the gifts of dedicated artists and designers, the challenges and creative genius of generations of talented individuals.
Do we recommend it to our friends? All the time! And do they like it? You bet they do.

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Reviewed June 6, 2010

This museum is partly the preserved artist studio of Vance Kirkland, an artist that will continue to gain recognition as years pass by. If you never cared for modern art before, you might just find a visit here will suddenly make it all make sense because it is in the place it most belongs here. Really three collections, including some practical design items from the 20th Century (including an original Warhol paper dress!) and many other artists' works, but Kirkland's own paintings are the star attraction. Admission was $7 full price in May 2010 and was the best money I spent all year.

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Reviewed May 25, 2015
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