This nationally-recognized museum has a permanent collection of more than 3,300 works of fine and decorative art from the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern and Pop Art schools. It also features 700 works of Colorado art by more than 170 artists.
Founded by its current director, Hugh Grant, the museum opened in 1996 with the mission of documenting, collecting, preserving and exhibiting decorative arts by Colorado artists. Its modernist, decorative art collection includes objects dating from 1875 to 1980, and has approximately 600 items on view. Additionally, its international, modernist collection dates from 1880 to 1980, and has more than 3,300 items on display.
Along with those wide-reaching collections, the institution acquired the estate collection of Colorado painter Vance Kirkland. Other works by Colorado artists in the collection include paintings by Charles Bunnell, furniture by Frank Gilpin, sculpture by Edgar Britton, and ceramics by Ed Oshier.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Bus 10 at the 12th Avenue and Washington Street stop is a 3-minute walk, bus 2 at the Logan Street and 14th Avenue stop is a 4-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday by appointment only. Closed during major holidays
- Admission: $7 adult; $6 seniors, students, and teachers with ID; $5 per person for groups of 10 or more with reservations
- Tour: Free with the price of admission. Docent-led tours are available Wednesday–Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
- Membership: $30 student, senior, or teacher; $35 individual; $45 couple; $50 individual plus a guest. Benefits include a year of free admission, minimum 10% discount at the gift shop, free or discounted admission to talks and programs, and two coupons for free museum admission
- Note: Children under 13 not permitted.