Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

1201 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 - United States




Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, in Denver, Colorado, allows visitors (ages 13+ only*) to time travel through about 150 years of art. The evolving collections contain over 30,000 works by more than 1,500 artists and designers, with about 4,400 works on view. The three principal collections are all shown together in salon style:

• A celebrated international decorative art collection from the 1870s to the present with examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts through Postmodern
• A Colorado & regional art collection from 1845 to the present
• A retrospective of Colorado’s distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904–1981)

*Please note that due to the fragile nature of the collections and the popular but vulnerable salon style in which they are displayed, Kirkland Museum limits all visitors during open hours and events to ages 13 and up. Visitors between the ages of 13 and 17 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.


In addition to the permanent collection always on view throughout Kirkland Museum, the following temporary exhibition will also be included with admission:

Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and the Aesthetic Movement
Learn more about this lesser-known design movement through an exploration of common motifs used in designs from the Aesthetic Movement (c. 1865–1900) and the influence of British designer Christopher Dresser (1834–1904). Presented by Deputy Curator Christopher Herron, chosen from the collection assembled by Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant. Co-curated by Collections & Research Manager Becca Goodrum and Director of Interpretation Maya Wright.

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