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“Unique museum in Capitol Hill” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
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Ranked #21 of 247 things to do in Denver
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Owner description: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to expand our universe! The museum’s new building, located at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street and expected to open in early 2018, will offer visitors an enhanced experience with approximately 65% 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. Central to the move, Vance Kirkland’s art school & studio building (built 1910–1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) was relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building was detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum on November 6, 2016.
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“Unique museum in Capitol Hill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

I visited this museum after breakfast across the street and was amazed by the volume of paintings and architectual exhibits on display, many of which are revolving since there isn't enough space to show all of the pieces. Included with the price was a guided tour by one of the staff members, but overall it was very informative. Lots and lots of furniture from the early 1900's to the 1960's, along with original artwork from Vance Kirkland and many other local artists.

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Topeka, Kansas
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“Unusual and Funky Museum near other attractions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I hadn't heard of Vance Kirkland before seeing his work at the Denver Art Museum (excellent time there), but I couldn't resist visiting this unique museum during my visit. Just around the corner from the Molly Brown Home and not far from the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum, this area has a lot to see.

I loved the tour - rooms filled with decorative art of all shapes and kinds, colors and materials. While I would have enjoyed wandering through on my own, the tour guide was wonderful and shared interesting tidbits about many of the items. I think I could visit many, many times and always find something I hadn't noticed before.

They also have a number of art books around you can thumb through, and unique items in the gift shop. With so many breakable items, kids under the age of 13 are not allowed. The museum has both stairs and an elevator inside.

Visited November 2012
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Redondo Beach, California
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“Amazing museum with lots of history about Kirkland. He was a brilliant artist.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Liked the compact museum with Kirkland's paintings and artifacts. They have amazing period vignettes, like Art Nouveau.

Visited October 2012
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Lincoln, NE
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“Quirky for sure”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This museum is the home/studio of its namesake. The staff and docents are very attentive and eager to share their information with you upon arrival. Just a note - the museum DOES NOT ALLOW anyone in who is under the age of 13.

Kirkland's paintings get lost in the clutter of everything that surrounds it. In fact, there is so much stuff everywhere, you feel like you're in an antique shop rather than a museum. Some of the pieces collected (vases, chairs, furniture, lamps, clocks, figurines, books, telephones, juices, rugs, etc.) are very common and without much value. Others are rare and very collectable.

I found the furniture collection to be terrific, a surprise around every corner.

I think this museum could use a bit of curating and focus on their mission. In fact, I'm not even sure what the mission is. The room where Kirkland painted should have been a very powerful, but gets lost among its surroundings.

I'm really glad we visited, but I probably won't return. It is a short walk from the Still and Denver Art Museums. And, it's a great conversation piece!

Visited November 2012
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“Objects change out frequently”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Went there for Denver Arts Week. Underrated museum in Denver. This place has everything and then some. Although the museum is somewhat small, there's so much to see. Vance Kirkland's collection is eclectic and so vast that much of it is stored and recirculated. Don't miss Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup paper dress.

Visited November 2012
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