The Denver Art Museum is world-renowned for its collection of Native American and Asian art. Furthermore, its African Art collection, comprised of approximately 1,000 pieces, is the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. The combination of these unique niches of art history, all available in one place, alone makes the DAM a worthwhile visit.
The DAM is also particularly strong in its emphasis on family atmosphere, offering classes, camps, and family events. Also for the kids is Seymour, the family-programs mascot, a friendly guide to all the treasures the museum has to offer its youngest guests.
A couple of complaints arise from the architecture of the building itself. While aesthetically compelling from the outside, slanted walls on the inside have been known to distract the viewer from the actual pieces of art.
Denver Art Museum (The DAM) Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (the Regional Transportation District runs directly in front of the museum; bus service is also available)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (also, adaptive and interpretive services/sign-language tours are available with one week’s notice)
- Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m., closed Monday. Note: Collection galleries in the North Building (levels 2–6) close at 5 p.m., except during special events. The museum is closed on major holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. The DAM is, however, open on New Year’s Day
- Admission: $10–$13; college students and seniors $8–$10; youth (6–18) $3–$5; members and kids (5 and under) free
- Tours: Free with general admission. Private docent-led tours are available with two weeks’ notice. There are additional fees of $2 per person for adult and senior groups when taking these tours. The museum also offers an architecture tour where guests can explore the Daniel Liebeskind-designed Hamilton Building and the 28-sided North Building, designed by Gio Ponti and James Sudler
- Audio Tour: Free
- Membership: Individual membership is $50 annually, Family/Dual membership $75. All members receive free general admission for an entire year, invitations to members-only events, free admission to ticketed exhibitions, the ability to purchase additional discounted admissions to ticketed exhibitions, discounted rates and priority registration for studio classes, kids’ camps and classes, and film series. Senior/student/teacher memberships are $45
- Other Benefits: To receive reciprocal membership with more than 40 museums nationwide, you must be a Sustaining member ($125) or above.