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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
Phone Number: +1 303-832-8576
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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to...

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to expand our universe! The museum’s new building, located at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street and expected to open in fall 2017, will offer visitors an enhanced experience with approximately 65% more display space while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known.

The museum’s three collections are:

• International Decorative Art—A celebrated collection including notable examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern.

• Colorado & Regional Art—The largest repository of art showcasing the state and region’s talent, concentrating on the 1850s through the 1990s with about 6,000 works more than 600 artists.

• Vance Kirkland Retrospective—Kirkland (1904–1981) is generally considered Colorado’s most distinguished modern painter. About 550 paintings and about 600 drawings and prints are held in his estate collection.

Central to the move, Vance Kirkland’s art school & studio building (built 1910–1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) will be relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building will be detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum about September 2016.

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Fabulous decorative arts museum

This extensive design collection is currently housed in the expanded art studio of Colorado artist Vance Kirkland but will soon move to a new larger space, which will include the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

This extensive design collection is currently housed in the expanded art studio of Colorado artist Vance Kirkland but will soon move to a new larger space, which will include the historic studio. The huge number of holdings will be more visible and more able to be appreciated in the new setting. I look forward to revisiting and spending more time... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

I've lived in Northern Colorado most of my life and hadn't even heard of this place until looking on TripAdvisor for something new to do in the area. This hidden gem is stunning! The entry fee was VERY reasonable and the museum is set up "salon style" so you can see items in their "natural" environment (living room areas set... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

By far this is the best example of what a small museum can do to preserve and protect the past. Exhibits are carefully arranged to showcase art pottery, elegant glass, silver, and other decorative arts in a way that causes the visitor to feel as though they have stepped into a home in 1900 Paris.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I went because it was highly rated on TripAdvisor. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see. I didn't know who Vance Kirkland was before I went, but am very glad I did. If you like pottery, china, glassware, furniture, and decorations, you will enjoy this space. I particularly liked that so much of it was art... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

This is a small but awesome museum. If you are into avant garde furniture and awesome huge art work with the most amazing story as to how they came about. Exhibits are interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

We checked it out on "free museum night" last November. I loved it, but then I like detailed things. I had to go back to get a better view of the dishware and furniture.

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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I'm a potter, but did not know that the Kirkland had such an amazing collection of pottery. From commercial art pottery like Rookwood and Roseville to giants of American ceramics like Peter Voulkos -- it's a prodigious collection. And the furniture -- truly remarkable. We visited a modern Scandinavian design museum in Helsinki last year, and the Kirkland is better!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

The museum is on the smaller side, but it is jam packed! I'm a huge Fiesta ware fan and there was quite a nice selection. I liked that the museum had things made to look like it was in an actual living space.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

Great museum! If you like mid century and Art Deco, highly recommended. They are closing next May to move to a new location.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

My wife and I visited the Kirkland Museum for the first time earlier today. I have to thank my fellow TripAdvisor reviewers for helping us to find this gem. The museum houses an interesting collection of art and home decor. The admission is minimal and well worth the cost. In addition to showcasing Kirkland's art there is a wonderful collection... More 

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