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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
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Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to...

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 fall 2017, 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 6,000 works more than 600 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) will be relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building will be detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum about September 2016.

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We have been to Denver many times and had missed this gem until now. If you love art and design, you have to visit. It was a visual extravaganza, and not to be missed. So many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 April 2016
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Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

We have been to Denver many times and had missed this gem until now. If you love art and design, you have to visit. It was a visual extravaganza, and not to be missed. So many beautiful things!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We recently visited the Kirkland. We did not know what to expect. We were not familiar with Kirkland's work. The museum is very nice. It has a terrific selection of Kirkland's work and other artists too. We did not expect to see such a great collection of art deco furniture and other objects. We thoroughly enjoyed the museum. By accident... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

A unique museum that's simply fun to wander around & get lost in a collection of seriously eclectic pieces.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

This museum has furniture, ceramics, and lots of fascinating examples of design in all its various forms. It is definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This museum is due to expand soon and will be closing temporarily. It is full to the brim and needs more space

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

A lot of mid century modern items. Makes you think how fast technology and what people like change. Very fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Denver Modernism is the theme. It includes artwork, glassware, ceramics, furniture and various items from about 1880 to 1980. A new location will be built so check the website because the museum will be closed during transition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

I lived in Denver 22 years before venturing through the Kirkland doors and now wonder what took me so long. This is a one-of-a-kind museum, with some of the most dazzling pieces in its eclectic collection. You would have never guessed teapots, half-century-old living room furniture, and aging transistor radios could be so lovely to behold in all their art-deco... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

This museum was so interesting the first time, I went back with a different group of friends to share it with them later. I highly recommend a visit, it's not like any art museum I've ever seen

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Incredible collection of vintage decorative arts focused primarily on the early to mid-1900's. For a relatively small museum, Kirkland packs a wide variety of items, paintings to glassware, sculpture, textiles and furniture. All displayed in a welcoming setting with knowledgable and friendly staff. Highlights are too numerous to name, there are simply so many wonderful items, well worth the trip.

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