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About the Denver Art Museum
Denver is well-known for its beautiful mountain landscape, thriving beer culture, and popular professional sports teams. The Mile High City is also home to one of the largest art museums in the United States. While Chicago has the Art Institute, Washington DC has the National Gallery of Art, and New York has the Met, Denver has the Denver Art Museum (DAM).
Along with locations like Coors Field, the Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens, the museum is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The Denver Art Museum’s collection includes over 70,000 works of art from various regions and eras. With everything from an impressive collection of Native American art to pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial work, the DAM is filled with hours of exhibitions to explore.
Denver Art Museum Quick Info
- The Denver Art Museum was founded in 1893 as the Denver Artists Club and its first galleries opened in 1917.
- At more than 350,000 square feet across 2 buildings and the Duncan Pavilion, DAM is the 8th largest art museum in the country.
- The museum’s main building, the North Building, opened in 1971, designed by Italian modernist architect Gio Ponti and will be under major renovations until 2021.
- Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind designed the museum’s famous postmodern Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened in 2006.
- Of the museum's 70,000 objects, around 18,000 are Native American works, one of the largest collections of its kind in the country.
- The museum welcomes around 600,000 visitors every year.
- Guests usually spend 2 to 3 hours at the Denver Art Museum.
Denver Art Museum Hours and Entrance Fees
DAM is open 7 days a week.
Monday - Thursday, 10AM to 5PM
Friday, 10AM to 8PM
Saturday - Sunday, 10AM to 5PM
Colorado residents and non-residents have different entrance fees at the Denver Art Museum. General admission is free for all visitors on the first Saturday of the month. General admission doesn’t include entrance to special exhibitions or events.
Children 18 and under are always free.
Adult Colorado residents: $10
Adult non-residents: $13
The Denver Art Museum also offers military and student discounts.
Group Discounts and Transportation
The Denver Art Museum is not only a popular location for local school field trips, but for private tour groups as well. Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of discounted admission and guided your options by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private groups desiring a guided tour are required to reserve their tickets at least 3 weeks in advance. Schools, summer camps, and community organizations must also request at least 3 weeks in advance.
If you’re planning a group trip to the Denver Art Museum, renting a charter bus is one of the easiest ways to transport everyone around the busy Golden Triangle. The bustling area includes various other attractions like the History Colorado Center and, Molly Brown House Museum, as well as the Colorado State Capitol. Instead of coordinating a caravan around the downtown neighborhood, rent a minibus for your small private group or a full-sized charter bus for your large school group.
Parking at the Denver Art Museum
DAM’s North Building started a major construction project in 2018, causing a few changes in the museum’s parking arrangements. The museum does not have private parking but there are public garages, private lots, and metered street parking options for visitors.
Visitors traveling in personal vehicles can choose between two garages in the Golden Triangle. The Cultural Center Complex Garage is located at 12th Avenue and Broadway Street, just a 5-minute walk to DAM. Parking rates start at $2 an hour.
GPS Address: 55 W 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
The Denver Justice Center Parking Garage is located at North Delaware St and W 14th Avenue, also a 5-minute walk to the museum. Parking rates are $5 for up to 2 hours and $9 for 2 to 6 hours.
GPS Address: 490 West 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
Oversized vehicles like charter buses or school buses can unload passengers on 12th Avenue at the Hamilton Building’s south entrance. After unloading passengers, bus drivers are permitted to park on Broadway St at Civic Center Park.
Denver Art Museum Visitor Tips
- Photo policy: guests are encouraged to take non-flash photography in the Denver Art Museum for personal, non-commercial purposes.
- Small bags and purses are permitted in the galleries but larger items like backpacks must be stored in free lockers on the first floor.
- The museum encourages artists to sketch in the galleries with graphite pencil and notebooks smaller than 11”x14”.
- Food and drinks are strictly prohibited in the galleries, so be sure to leave your snacks and water bottles in your vehicle or stored in first-floor lockers.
Denver Art Museum Membership
The museum has 7 levels of an annual membership that include free admission and various other perks. But locals aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the Denver Art Museum membership program. One of the most interesting benefits of DAM membership includes reciprocal admission to 70 museums across the nation for “Sustaining” level members and higher.
So if you’re an Angeleno with membership at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, you can take advantage of your membership while at DAM. Other museums in DAM’s reciprocal network include big names like the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Met and Frick Collection in NYC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Along with weekly educational programs and special exhibitions like the Dior: From Paris to the World, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, and Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, the Denver Art Museum hosts unique annual events for the community.
Free Day at DAM
Free general admission at the Denver Art Museum attracts thousands of visitors every month. The first Saturday of every month includes free admission to the permanent collections and non-ticketed exhibitions. Tickets are available online starting at 10AM the day-of.
Untitled Final Fridays
January - October
Included in DAM general admission
Each final Friday in the month brings the “Untitled” series to the Denver Art Museum. Featuring local artists, this late-night program engages the community with collaborative and interactive art experiences. Explore performances, temporary exhibitions, and workshops with some of Denver’s most creative minds.
Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration
Free general admission
This annual event has taken place for 30 years, celebrating American Indian culture on the museum’s grounds. Head over to Martin Plaza to enjoy traditional dancing, music activities, food, and so much more. Local vendors and artists also have booths to present and sell one-of-a-kind work.
Private Event Spaces in the Denver Art Museum
Visiting the Denver Art Museum isn’t just for school groups and private tours. Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and wedding services can reserve special private events at the museum’s beautiful facilities.
Host a company holiday dinner in the Congdon Boardroom or a wedding reception in the El Pomar Atrium. These unique spaces in the Hamilton Building will offer your guests a wonderful experience in one of Denver’s most stunning architectural marvels.
If your event is held during museum hours, your guests can enjoy gallery visits at the normal group admission rate, while after-hours events can reserve special gallery access for an additional fee.
Without its own designated parking garage, transportation to large events at the museum may get a little tricky. Rather than having each guest valet or park their own car, provide shuttle service during your event. GOGO Charters has handled shuttle transportation for events both large and small across the country. Your holiday party guests can enjoy food and drinks throughout the evening without worrying about having a designated driver.
Book Your Charter Bus to the Denver Art Museum
Make your next group visit to the Denver Art Museum as easy as possible with professional charter bus transportation provided by GOGO Charters. Plan a private tour, a special event, or even your next class field trip with a modern charter bus rental.
Your transportation to the DAM is just a phone call away. Contact us at (720) 216-2068 to chat with a rental expert. We’ll listen to your rental needs and accordingly pair you with the best charter bus or minibus. We’re here 24/7 to assist you!
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