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“Great surprise, even for locals”

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
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$32.49*
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Mile High Culture Pass
Ranked #6 of 267 things to do in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has relocated to a new golden building in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. The museum’s new building offers 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 1840s 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. Note: Due to the fragile nature of the collections children must be 13 or older to be admitted.
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Not even my family, who lives in Denver, knew about this one. Thanks to fellow Tripsters for the tip. Fantastic art-deco collection, and Kirkland impressionist works. Very unique, intimate, quirky and low-key.

Enjoy!

Thank vagabiztravlr
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

The museum is housed in a historic building that I believe was Vance Kirkland's studio. It is filled with his work but also the work of many other artists. I love the ceramics and art deco works especially. In his studio you can see how he hung from a rope pulley to paint his larger works. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I was unsure how this museum would be, however, after going through it, I was pleasantly surprised! So many works of art by the museum's namesake, along with small items that ranged from the 1920's to the funky 70's! Furniture, glassware, ect. So many items in fact, that it can be overwhelming! Two to three trips is recommended!

Thank Kelliannb
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Plan to spend at least two hours here and enjoy it's world class decorative arts collections. We make a visit at least on an annual basis. Lots of inspiration and visual candy for your senses.

Thank David12815
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I LOVE the Kirkland. Besides the endless cases of decorative art (ceramics, porcelain, metal, enamel) which I can get up close and personal to, there are walls full of Vance Kirkland's oh-so-cool dotted art. Plus - the furniture! All from top designers of the 20th century. A tiny courtyard sculpture garden! And Kirkland's art studio, as if he were going to come in and get to work on a painting...The building itself is where Kirkland had his studio & art school. It was added to to create the museum ten years ago, and the architect - per museum founder & curator Hugh Grant - kept it as close as possible to the original style. It is very effective and a pleasure to the visitor seeing it for the first time or the 100th. There's a sweet little gift shop (of course), with work by living Colorado artists, and kirkland reproductions.

Thank AmyTheCatholic
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