Best Places to See Art in Denver Colorado

While the Mile High City is certainly admired for its mountain views, local breweries and festivals, it is also home to a burgeoning society of art and culture. The following is just a small introduction to what Denver, Colorado has to offer for those looking to take in art on your next summer vacation or short weekend getaway.

The Denver Art Museum:

Tickets: Prices depend on residency, age and the exhibits you want to see. Go here for more information.

Hours:Closed on Monday
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Denver Art Museum is one of the biggest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. There are over 70,000 pieces in the nine permanent collections which include art from cultures around the world, photography and modern and contemporary art. There are also several interesting temporary exhibits this summer including Yves Saint Laurent: Retrospective and Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful.

Clyfford Still Museum

Tickets: Members Always Free
Adults – $10
Students/Seniors (65+) – $6
Youth (ages 6-17)- $3
5 and Under – FREE

Hours:Closed on Monday
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clyfford Still was one of the earliest Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and unique painting style in the years following WWII. Still’s will stipulated that his entire estate and collection of work would be given to the city that agreed to build a museum completely dedicated to his work. In 2004, Denver became home to the Clyfford Still Museum and holds 94%  of Still’s work. The Clyfford Still museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts because it can’t be seen anywhere else!

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Hours:Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $7.00

Seniors, Teachers & Students: $6

The Kirkland Museum has an elaborate collection of decorative art, Colorado art and paintings by Vance Kirkland. Most of the collections include furniture and home accessories from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. What most distinguishes Kirkland from other contemporary art museums is its unique salon-style displays that showcase fine art in the same galleries as decorative art. Go here for more information on exhibits and tours.

If you don’t want to commit to just one museum for a day, check out Denver’s Art Districts. Stroll along gallery-lined streets to see both local and  international artists.

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