Denver Art Museum Denver
Where are we going today?
The Denver Art Museum has been giving families amazing and creative days out since all the way back to 1893 - that's a lot of memories created!
Filled with nearly 70,000 works of art from around the world, the Denver Art Museum is a great way to introduce kids to that wonderful world of art. They can admire the colors and textures of paintings and sculptures from Europe, and feel inspired by artworks from Africa and American.
They can even learn about history and cultures from the world-famous American Indian art collection, as well as the Spanish Colonial art, and the pre-Columbian designs and textiles. It really brings the whole world of art together in one place!
One thing the Denver Art Museum prides itself on, is that it's a very family friendly place to visit! Not only are there lots of art works to explore, they offer a number of ways for parents and kids to relax, and have fun. They have the Just For Fun Family Center, where they feature activities inspired by Asian Art, or you can trek through the galleries with the Family Backpacks. These are full with games, puzzles, and art marking supplies!
As you walk around you can stop by the Creative Corners, where kids can enjoy discovery and imaginative play, and take part in activities such as making a treasure chest and piecing together portraits!
We haven't even begun to tell you Kids Corner where kids can try on costumes from around the world, and Gallery Games filled with games to inspire art education.
So are you ready to get inspired by that wonderful world of art, at the Denver Art Museum? We sure are!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$13. $10 for college students
- Free Under: 18 years!
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Sat - Thurs / 10am - 8pm Fri
Closed Mondays. Open all year round.
You can enjoy self-guided group visits, or arrange a tour - both for groups of 10 students or more..
Palettes Restaurant in the North Building offers fine dining headed by Kevin Taylor, one of Denver's best-known chefs. Across Martin Plaza, Mad Greens serves salads, soups and paninis. They also offer a special kids menu with peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese. Novo Coffee (locations at Mad Greens and inside the Museum) provides gourmet coffees, teas and pastries. .
They have healthy options at the Palettes Restaurant and Mad Greens!.
Any Top Tips?
Kid-friendly areas (including hands-on activities) can be found throughout both buildings, so there is always something nearby for kids to enjoy. .
Need a little extra help?
All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible, and there are wheelchairs available for first come first served basis..
Family restrooms and changing tables available. Strollers can be checked out free of charge and are permitted in most galleries (some special exhibitions prohibit them); baby backpacks are not permitted..
Can I get one of those?
There are Museum Shops in both buildings that offer exhibition catalogs, art books, prints and postcards, fine jewelry, decorative items for your home, clothing, creative toys and another gifts. .
The last Friday night of every month from January to October is a great way to enjoy the museum, with workshops, performances and fun!.
What people are saying?
by Angela Buckley
Great Photography Department. Curator of Photography, Eric Paddock and his assistant, Micah Messenheimer, plan and organize exhibits that I return to view again and again. We are lucky to have them at DAM.
by Leanne Goff
My sister and I recently took the children to DAM to see the Nick Cave exhibit. I enjoy taking the kids to see something that is 'out of the ordinary' for childhood experiences. I find that museums are a good venue for showing my daughter what it means to be creative. The Nick Cave exhibit was a perfect fit for this goal of mine because he focuses on figures that are larger than live, very colorful and full of movement. As you can see in the image below, these 'Sound Suits' are vibrant, colorful and have a lot of personality! The kids enjoyed looking...Read More
by Mat Thomas
Definitely worth a visit...and definitely make sure that you have a lot of time if you want to see everything! There is a lot there...and well laid out in a cool building! Nick Cave 'Sojourn' is also very cool!
by Mark A
$12 a ticket. But it was worth it. Be sure you have plenty of time to check this place out. Very beautiful museum. Thanks from El paso, tx
by Joshua Francisco
Loved it. Kid friendly.
by Leanne Goff
My sister and I recently took the children to DAM to see the Nick Cave exhibit. I enjoy taking the kids to see something that is 'out of the ordinary' for childhood experiences. I find that museums are a good venue for showing my daughter what it means to be creative. The Nick Cave exhibit was a perfect fit for this goal of mine because he focuses on figures that are larger than live, very colorful and full of movement. As you can see in the image below, these 'Sound Suits' are vibrant, colorful and have a lot of personality! The kids enjoyed looking up close at the fabrics. They also appreciated the collage pieces that feature layers of texture offered by beads, figurines, and other decorative items. At one point when we walked from the back to the front of a piece my daughter said, "I didn't expect that!" which was exactly why I wanted to bring her. If I could make one suggestion about the kids activities, it is not to give the parents anything else to carry around. Rather, the station for making quilt squares was fantastic! If more of that can be incorporated, which is impromptu and unplanned by the parent, it would be easier for the kids to get engaged.