Kirkland Museum Events

Please note Kirkland Museum welcomes visitors ages 13+.

$5 Final Fridays at Kirkland Museum
5 to 8pm on the last Friday of each month
June–September 2019

Explore Kirkland Museum like never before—with 3D glasses! See the colorful paintings of the museum’s namesake artist, Vance Kirkland, come alive in a whole new way while learning about his dynamic use of color. And if you’re looking for even more fun, try taking a self-guided scavenger hunt to experience a themed tour of the galleries!

  • $5 admission from 5 to 8pm (ages 13+), free admission for members
  • Complimentary 3D glasses available for viewing Vance Kirkland’s paintings
  • Scavenger hunts available at the Welcome Desk

The Illusion of Floating Mysteries in Red Space, 1975 by Vance Kirkland (1904–1981)
The Illusion of Floating Mysteries in Red Space, 1975, by Vance Kirkland (1904–1981).

Opening Reception for Colorado Abstract +10: A History at Kirkland Museum
September 5, 2019

Tickets Now On Sale! 

Be the first to see this exhibition by attending the opening reception of Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey at Kirkland Museum. This exhibition will present two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the historical section of Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado.

Smithsonian Museum Day 
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Free Admission: 11am to 5pm

Join us for America’s Annual Celebration of Boundless Curiosity! Kirkland Museum is participating in this year’s Museum Day on Saturday, September 21. Museum Day brings together museums and other cultural institutions from all 50 states by offering FREE admission to ticket holders.

How do I get a ticket? Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning August 15, 2019. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 21, for two people. Free admission is contingent on ticket prearrangement by visiting

Museum Day represents a national commitment to cultural access, equality and inclusion. This year, Museum Day will celebrate the Year of Music!

Opening Doors: Have a Look in Our Drawers!
Second Annual Fall Soirée for Members
Evening of Thursday, October 10, 2019


As a member, have you ever been intrigued by a particular object in Kirkland Museum’s collections? Kirkland Museum wants to thank its members for their continual support by satisfying your curiosity with an exploratory evening at Kirkland Museum’s Second Annual Fall Soirée!

This year, our members will enjoy unique access to the collections outside of regular public view with curatorial-led live demonstrations, exclusive explorations and Q&As with Kirkland Museum staff, including Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant. Members will have the rare opportunity to see numerous objects throughout the Museum from a new perspective. Snacks and a cash bar will be provided. The only thing you need to bring is your curiosity, and maybe a friend!

This is a complimentary event for current Kirkland Museum card-holding members. All member guests are $10 per person at the door.


Night at the Museums
Free Admission During Extended Hours:
5 to 10pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019

In celebration of Denver Arts Week, Kirkland Museum is participating in Night at the Museums! Several of Denver’s finest museums, including Kirkland Museum, offer FREE admission and stay open late between 5 and 10pm on Saturday, November 2. Shuttle buses will stop at (or nearby) museums beginning at 5pm. For more information, check out VISIT DENVER.

Open Haus: Celebrating 100 Years of the Bauhaus
Fundraiser Brunch at Kirkland Museum
November 10, 2019

Join us on Sunday, November 10 from 11am to 2pm for a brunch fundraiser celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus. Enjoy the company of special guests amidst Kirkland Museum’s fabulous collections, including over 100 works by artists and designers connected to the influential German art and design school.

Funds raised will support programming and exhibitions fulfilling the museum’s mission to enrich lives by presenting art in a unique and approachable way.

We are currently seeking sponsors for this event. Sponsors will benefit from an array of special opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about supporting this event, please contact Gerald Horner at [email protected].

Museum Store Sunday 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Kirkland Museum is participating in the Museum Store Association’s worldwide event on Sunday, December 1. Join us in this annual celebration of museums and cultural institutions. Kirkland Museum members will be offered special discounts for their patronage!

For general event inquiries, please contact Allison Green at [email protected].