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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Address: 1311 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
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00:00 - 00:00
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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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Fantastic place

this is a small museum, but full of interesting and great things inside. Well presented in a good manner. Art fans will really the experience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

this is a small museum, but full of interesting and great things inside. Well presented in a good manner. Art fans will really the experience.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Curious cute little museum. Loved the decorative items from interesting looking sofas to the chinaware. Favorites for me were the sculpture garden and Kirkland's dot painting. However, I believe the museum is currently closed as they are moving to a different building.

Thank Allie S
East Setauket, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Well worth the visit. Great stuff! I loved it! You can get very close to most of the objects. Beware they are moving to larger quarters

Thank James F
Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so much of Vance Kirkland's art in one place. It was interesting to see the progression of his art through many styles. His studio was also very interesting to see. I highly recommend a visit. FYI the museum is in the process of being relocated so it won't open up until Fall 2017.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My sister and I visited the Kirkland a couple of weeks ago, and were very impressed. The art collection was beautiful, and organized in a very nice way. The staff were courteous, and helpful.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Jam packed museum of decorative arts that is currently closed and is in process of moving to a much needed bigger building that will be close to the Denver Art Museum and the Clifford Still Museum. This is a wonder trip down memory lane of decorative arts and will be worth the wait to visit again. Living in Denver makes... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

I love the Kirkland because it embraces the true intention of the Arts and Crafts philosophy: surround yourself with beauty....every object in your household can inspire. The downside to a visit there is that I want all of the pottery, especially. And Kirkland's art is spectacular!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Went to this museum during its final weeks at the Pearl St. location and it was awesome!! A great collection and it helped us get a real appreciation for Kirkland's style of work. Can't wait to see what the museum is going to be like at its new location.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Lots of art packed into his home, impossible to view everything on one visit. Will be relocating soon and we are looking forward to another visit at the new location which will lack the history of his home but promises better parking and viewing of the art work.

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KirklandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, responded to this review

Vance Kirkland's studio & art school building (it was never his home) has been successfully moved to our new location! The three-room Arts & Crafts style building from 1911 was detached from the Kirkland Museum addition. We invite you to visit our website to see time lapse footage of this historic feat--rolling a complete building eleven blocks via eight sets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I visited on the next to last day in April before it closed and it was busy but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Most eclectic but interesting. I loved the artist's studio and seeing how he worked. When it moves to it's new location be sure to go!

Thank Christine B

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