I broke the supreme rule of travel and didn't do my research beforehand - I must've been blinded by the word free. I had no idea how large the Denver Art Museum really is. Comprised of two buildings, the newer one is 4 floors and the older one is seven stories tall, DAM is one of the largest museums between Chicago and the West Coast.( A docent told us that it houses one of the largest collections of Western Art in the US) My feet knew it by the end of our visit and we didn't even see half of what there was to see!
Entrance to the museum is located in the newer Frederic C Hamilton building so that's where we started. Modern and airy, this building housed the Super Indian exhibit, which was an exhibit of 40 rarely seen pieces by the American Indian artist Fritz Scholder, some cubism pieces, some more modern pieces and an interactive exhibit on social media and art.
There is a glass pedestrian bridge connecting the two buildings which houses the Western Art pieces. And then you can take your pick of 7 floors of art that you want to see! I think my favorite was the Asian art floor - it was organized by country with everything from pottery, to tapestries, to scrolls, to ink drawings to ceremonial robes. Here are some Wyeth paintings on display -
One of the coolest things they have done is present the Rocky Mountains as art. There are horizontal windows which frame the mountains perfectly as if they are a painting. There is also a rooftop area, which wasn't open when we were there, that also uses the buildings to frame the surrounding landscape.
This is obviously just a general overview - I know I've left out quite a bit but if you'd like more information on visiting the Denver Art Museum, click here. And if you do decide to visit, make sure you have plenty of time and good walking shoes. You're gonna need both!
Have you visited the Denver Art Museum? If so, what was your favorite part?
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