The Denver Art Museum is a public art museum with three locations throughout the city.
We are best known for our iconic building in Civic Center Park known as the ” Hamilton Building,” home of the permanent collection, and also for a set of three contemporary pavilions built to house special exhibitions. The museum is an anchor institution in Denver’s LoDo district.
For more than 100 years, we have collected, researched, conserved, and interpreted art from across the world. Our encyclopedic collections include over 47,000 works of art, dating from antiquity to the present day – mostly focused on Western Art but with significant holdings that represent all continents and cultural traditions.
In addition to working with master artists such as Robert Rauschenberg or Georgia O’Keeffe, we work with emerging and mid-career artists to add new artworks to the collection each year. We also teach classes, sponsor lectures, and provide opportunities for families to create art together at our museum’s Creative Studio.
Our museum is made possible by members and donors who share our mission of engaging people with great works of art from around the world – while also connecting local artists with global audiences.
It has an extensive collection of Western and American art, as well as African, Asian, and European pieces.
The museum also has a collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as works by contemporary artists from Latin America.
We are the only art museum in Colorado accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). AAM sets rigorous standards for how museums operate, what types of objects they collect, and how their staff is educated.
In addition to our permanent collection galleries open every day, we present special exhibitions that showcase new acquisitions from both the established masters and emerging artists. Our exhibitions provide opportunities for discovery and enjoyment for all types of people – whether you want to go on an adventure through time or experiment with materials in one of our hands-on classes.
There are over 18,000 paintings in the permanent collections and over 20,000 pieces in total.
The museum’s permanent collections are housed at the Hamilton Building and include more than 1,500 paintings from the nineteenth century to today; Native American art and artifacts; minerals, gems, beads, masking tape self-portraits by Andy Warhol; Art Deco decorative arts and furniture dating from 1918-1929; a selection of Asian artworks representing various countries including China (Shang Dynasty Bronze), Japan (woodblock prints by Hiroshige), and India (ceramics); contemporary room installations using natural light as well as works on paper by Pablo Picasso et al., an extensive collection of French Impressionist works including artwork found on “impressionism” game boards sold from 1890 – 1920, among many other fine art pieces.
The museum currently exhibits over 1,200 works spread across the three locations annually.
The museum’s purpose is to connect people with great works of art from around the world, while also connecting local artists with global audiences. We do this by presenting special exhibitions that showcase new acquisitions from both established masters and emerging artists. Our exhibitions provide opportunities for discovery and enjoyment for all types of people: whether you want to go on an adventure through time or experiment with materials in one of our hands-on classes at a special “Family Weekend” program at the Creative Studio where families can create artwork together or just relax in one of the spaces available at the Arts & Venues Gallery next door.
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