The Denver Art Museum

February 5, 2013 by R A Z G O


The Denver Art Museum

Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is the largest art museum between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection that includes more than 68,000 works of art in nine curatorial departments.

The DAM’s original North Building is a 24-sided, two-towered building designed by Gio Ponti of Italy. It is the only building in North America designed by the noted Italian architect/designer. The building has seven floors of gallery space. Its exterior is covered with more than one million faceted, shimmering gray tiles developed by Dow Corning.

The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened in October 2006. The Hamilton Building consists of geometric shards flaring out like titanium flower petals; an enclosed bridge links it to the current structure. It features temporary exhibition and collection display galleries and a rooftop sculpture garden with spectacular mountain views.

Within the two buildings are housed a rotating selection of works drawn from the museum’s nine curatorial departments: architecture, design and graphics; Asian art; modern and contemporary; native arts (American Indian, African and Oceanic); New World (pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art); American and European painting and sculpture; photography; textile art; and Western art.

The DAM was the first art museum to collect American Indian art as art, and its collection is internationally renowned. The American Indian art galleries are currently being renovated and reinstalled in a fresh, artist-centric presentation and will reopen in January 2011. The museum’s pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection also is outstanding.

Nationally recognized for its family-friendly environment, the Denver Art Museum has received critical acclaim for encouraging art appreciation among young people with a variety of free, hands-on activities available throughout the galleries. The DAM’s Family Backpacks (gallery adventures in a pack that lead kids and families through the galleries) have been adapted by other museums world-wide. Additional family-friendly features throughout the museum include Western Bingo Showdown, Architecture View-Master games, and interactive areas throughout the galleries.

Through January 9, 2011, the DAM is proud to present Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Featuring more than 100 treasures from the tomb of King Tut and additional ancient sites, the exhibition will make its debut and sole Rocky Mountain appearance at the DAM.

This spectacular collection features the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed – a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. The statue still retains much of its original paint. The exhibition follows a storyline that explores the splendor of the pharaohs, their function in both the earthly and divine worlds and what “kingship” meant to the Egyptian people. Visitors encounter artifacts from powerful Egyptian rulers, including Khafre, builder of the Great Sphinx and one of the pyramids at Giza; Hatshepsut, the queen who became a pharaoh; and Psusennes I, whose magnificent golden death mask will be on display.

The Denver Art Museum is located on 13th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock Streets, in downtown Denver.

Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m., closed Mondays.

General admission is $13 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $5 youth ages 6-18 and free for children 5 and younger.

An additional dated and timed ticket is required for the Tut exhibition. For additional information, visit the museum website at: