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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
+1 303-832-8576
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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 early 2018, 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 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. Central to the move, Vance Kirkland’s art school & studio building (built 1910–1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) was relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building was detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum on November 6, 2016.
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1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
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+1 303-832-8576
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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...More

2  Thank Ron K
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

1  Thank Nicahiker
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...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

This extensive design collection is currently housed in the expanded art studio of Colorado artist Vance Kirkland but will soon move to a new larger space, which will include the historic studio. The huge number of holdings will be more visible and more able to...More

1  Thank anne g
Reviewed 3 February 2016

I've lived in Northern Colorado most of my life and hadn't even heard of this place until looking on TripAdvisor for something new to do in the area. This hidden gem is stunning! The entry fee was VERY reasonable and the museum is set up...More

1  Thank CopperLeah
Reviewed 16 January 2016

By far this is the best example of what a small museum can do to preserve and protect the past. Exhibits are carefully arranged to showcase art pottery, elegant glass, silver, and other decorative arts in a way that causes the visitor to feel as...More

Thank SaintVitas
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I went because it was highly rated on TripAdvisor. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see. I didn't know who Vance Kirkland was before I went, but am very glad I did. If you like pottery, china, glassware, furniture, and decorations,...More

Thank Meg S
Reviewed 5 January 2016

This is a small but awesome museum. If you are into avant garde furniture and awesome huge art work with the most amazing story as to how they came about. Exhibits are interesting.

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 1 January 2016

We checked it out on "free museum night" last November. I loved it, but then I like detailed things. I had to go back to get a better view of the dishware and furniture.

Thank Geoviki
Reviewed 11 December 2015

I'm a potter, but did not know that the Kirkland had such an amazing collection of pottery. From commercial art pottery like Rookwood and Roseville to giants of American ceramics like Peter Voulkos -- it's a prodigious collection. And the furniture -- truly remarkable. We...More

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Michele H
How long does it take to go through the museum (it's hard to tell how big or small it is from the pictures)?
5 July 2015|
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Response from KirklandMuseum | Property representative |
HI there, thank you for your interest in visiting Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. We recommend 2 hours to take in the full scope of our collections. We hope enjoy your visit!