A New Home for Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed while we relocate to 1201 Bannock Street, near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, in Denver's Golden Triangle Creative District. The new 38,500-square-foot museum, designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig, will open March 10, 2018.
- Click here for information on the museum's Grand Opening, Golden Gala and other opening events
- Click here to learn more about moving Vance Kirkland's studio & art school building to Bannock
- Click here to view photos of the new museum construction
- Click here to read featured relocation news
- Click here for our relocation press kit
- Announcement of future relocation; architect chosen: January 27, 2014
- Groundbreaking: September 10, 2015
- Pearl Street location began temporary closure: May 2, 2016
- Studio moved to Bannock: November 6, 2016
- Grand Opening at 1201 Bannock: March 10, 2018
In 2013, ten years after Kirkland Museum opened to the public on Pearl Street, it became clear that in order to best promote international decorative art, Colorado and regional art and Vance Kirkland, a larger building would be necessary. In January 2014, Kirkland Museum announced plans to move the museum to a new building at 12th Avenue and Bannock Streets in Denver’s Golden Triangle. Funding for the construction of the new Kirkland Museum building was provided by Merle Chambers Fund. The foundation’s financial support for a new home for the museum is an investment in the further development of the vibrant Golden Triangle Creative District and Denver’s nationally important art scene.
On March 10, 2018 Kirkland Museum will open its doors to a new building, featuring Vance Kirkland's 1910–1911 studio & art school building, moved to Bannock Street. The new facility in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District features the addition of new and expanded visitor amenities and provide a world-class display space to exhibit the collection in the salon style for which Kirkland Museum is known.
Rendering of the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 12th & Bannock, opening March 10, 2018—including Vance Kirkland’s original studio (at right). Elevation looking southwest on Bannock Street by Olson Kundig.
Entrance on Bannock Street, and the central exhibition corridor of the new museum. The brick wall of Vance Kirkland’s studio & art school is visible at the far end. Courtesy of Olson Kundig.
On Sunday, November 6, in partnership with Mammoth Moving & Rigging Inc. and Shaw Construction, Vance Kirkland's three-room studio & art school building made its highly anticipated move through the neighborhood via eight sets of remote-controlled articulating wheels to its new home eight blocks west at 12th & Bannock in Denver's Golden Triangle Creative District.
Kirkland's studio building (built 1910-1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) is the heart of the Kirkland Museum experience. Kirkland (1904-1981) was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century and painted in the studio for most of his 55-year career. Merle Chambers provided the inspiration to move the Kirkland studio building to the new site, oriented in the same direction as in its former location at 13th and Pearl. To learn about the studio's history, click here. To honor the studio's significance, Kirkland Museum has worked closely with the historic preservation community to ensure that the move and the condition of the studio building are maintained.
We extend a huge thank you to our partners Mammoth Moving & Rigging, Inc. and Shaw Construction for their meticulous care in moving the studio, as well as the numerous city agencies who assisted in making it possible and the support of our neighbors. We are expanding our universe and are excited to be surrounded by wonderful institutions that make Denver a world-class art destination.
Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District is the place to go for art and culture in Denver. Located steps from the gold-domed State Capitol, the neighborhood is home to the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver’s Central Public Library and numerous galleries. Kirkland Museum’s new location makes it more convenient for art lovers who can now park once to experience all the world-class artwork Denver offers in the Golden Triangle.
- DenverInfill, October 1, 2017: Kirkland Museum Final Update, by Ken Schroeppel
- Westword, April 12, 2017: A Look at the Kirkland Museum, a True Landmark in the Making, by Michael Paglia
- Colorado Public Radio, January 4, 2017: With A New Location, 2017 Is The Year The Kirkland Museum Goes Big, by Corey H. Jones
- The Denver Post, January 1, 2017: 10 Denver arts and culture events to look forward to in 2017, by Ray Mark Rinaldi
- Denverite, November 9, 2016: WATCH: Vance Kirkland’s studio rolls across Denver, by Kevin Beaty (VIDEO)
- Westword, November 7, 2016: Watch the Historic Vance Kirkland Studio Relocate (VIDEO)
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, November 7, 2016: Historic buildings on the move, by Kirsten Hower
- The Denver Post, November 6, 2016: Historic 150-ton Kirkland Museum trundles across downtown Denver as it moves to new location, by Tom McGhee (VIDEO and article)
- Fox 31 Denver, November 6, 2016: Historic museum makes a long-awaited move (VIDEO)
- CBS Denver 4, November 6, 2016: ‘Museum On The Move’ Creates Plenty Of Interest In Capitol Hill (VIDEO)
- Denver 7, November 6, 2016: Kirkland Museum moves from Capitol Hill to Golden Triangle (VIDEO)
- Colorado Public Radio, November 4, 2016: Who Was Vance Kirkland And Why Is His Art Studio Blocking Denver Traffic? by Corey H. Jones
- Westword, November 4, 2016: Vance Kirkland Studio Moving to New Museum Site on November 6, by Michael Paglia
- The Denver Post, November 2, 2016: Kirkland Museum moving to new site—that is, the entire building is moving, by Ray Mark Rinaldi
- The Denver Post, April 23, 2016: Take a last look at Denver's Kirkland Museum—for free, by Ray Mark Rinaldi
- Westword, April 1, 2016: Will the Kirkland Museum Be the Best New Building of 2017?, by Michael Paglia
- Westword, September 16, 2015: When It Opens in 2017, The New Kirkland Museum Will Be Transcendent and Ascendent, by Michael Paglia
- Colorado Public Radio, September 11, 2015: Kirkland Museum Breaks Ground on New Denver Facility, by Corey H. Jones
- The Denver Post, September 10, 2015: Kirkland Museum Breaks Ground in Golden Triangle, by Ray Mark Rinaldi
- Westword, September 9, 2015: The New Kirkland Museum Breaks Ground, Will Elevate Denver's Art Scene, by Michael Paglia
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