The Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.)

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Denver weather can be unpredictable, or if you’re from Florida, always really cold.  The cold I was prepared for, the rain not so much.  Fortunately, once the weather turned for the worse,

Denver, CO

I was able to take refuge inside the Denver Art Museum or D.A.M.  I’m so glad I did.  Otherwise I wasn’t planning to go, and would have missed out on a truly fabulous museum.  Though, I suppose I should have known from the outside of the building alone.

Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Free art before you even go inside!

Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Of course the real gems are inside.  Once inside you’ll find 7 floors of amazing art organized by geographic region as well as temporary exhibits.

I’ll start with one of the temporary exhibits on display while I was at the museum because it was pretty impressive.

Linda by John De Andrea at Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Starring Linda, a John De Andrea Sculptures.  I’ll admit that I had never heard of the famous sculptor, John De Andrea, before visiting the museum, but their realism is striking.  Of course, there is plenty of artistry too.  I add that because there are few things more annoying that people that only like art based on how closely it resembles it’s subject in real life.  In fact, “it looks like a photo” is my favorite art critique  around my brother and his art student friends, I know it’s ridiculous, but look at these!

John De Andrea sculpture at Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

John De Andrea sculpture at Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Linda by John De Andrea at Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

I know it’s hard to tell from the photos, but the detail in these piece is staggering, down to every hair follicle and goose bump.  It’s no wonder this exhibit was drawing quite a crowd.

Linda by John De Andrea at Denver Museum of Art (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

The permanent collection at the Denver Art Museum is equally impressive,

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

I could go on and on, there are 7 floors absolutely full of fabulous and wacky art.  Here are some of my favorites.

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

There is enough to see at the Denver Art Museum to keep you occupied for hours and (obviously) you can take photos of everything!  I love going to museums where I don’t have to pretend to send a text just to get a blurry picture of my favorite piece!  If just looking at all of this wonderful art isn’t enough and you want to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of action stations with various arts and crafts projects.  I suspect they are for children, but I definitely made my own post card!

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

The Denver Art Museum is certainly worth the $13 admission to cozy up to the art work, but if you visit D.A.M. on the first Saturday of the month then admission is free!   There’s no better way I can think of to spend a cold rainy day in Denver.

Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.), Denver, CO

10 thoughts on “The Denver Art Museum (D.A.M.)

  1. Sometimes a bit of bad weather turns out to be a good thing hey 🙂 Museums can be really stuffy and dull, but sometimes they get it just right, and this one looks like so much fun. ‘Linda’ is like nothing I’ve ever seen, if you hadn’t told me it was a sculpture I’d have thought it was real! Amazing!
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  2. SEVEN floors!? That is just insane (and awesome) to me. The special exhibit is pretty impressive. I especially love the woman lying on the floor. Aside from that, I think the Jesus toast is my favorite, haha!
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  3. What a fun museum, especially since it was an unexpected stop for you.
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  4. This actually seems like a super fun museum to wander through. Great discovery 🙂
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  5. Great pictures! We had a fabulous time at this museum when we visited Denver too!
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  7. I love visiting art museums! Embarrassingly, I didn’t think that it would be pretty cold in Denver during the summer. My travel partner is currently on a road trip in Colorado and Utah. I saw her snapchats today and was like, “it’s cold over there?!?” because she was wearing long sleeves and gloves, with coffee in her hands (as usual, haha). I thought it would be at least pretty warm (not as hot as Los Angeles though). Anyways! Art museums are really fascinating! YJohn De Andrea Sculpture is mind-boggling! It looks so realistic! That’s impressive!!
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  8. Denver is an incredible city! The art museum was, by far, one of my favorite spots when we visited as well. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

  9. Excellent Art Museum, Last time when I just visited, It was utterly gorgeous. Thanks,

  10. Wow, great post! Love all the art, especially the T-Rex. Art is so important, and there are so many different mediums that can be explored!

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