Events

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).

Colorado Day Free Admission
Thursday, August 1, 2019
11am to 5pm

We are celebrating Colorado Day by offering visitors a few perks! To celebrate, we are offering free admission and 20% off select Colorado books featuring Colorado artists in the Museum Store. This deal is only valid on Colorado Day during our operating hours. At 12pm, you can enjoy a tour highlighting “Women Trailblazers of Colorado Ceramics” led by our lovely Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator, Sherise Talbott. The tour will cover the work of Colorado ceramic pioneers Anne Van Briggle Ritter, Donna Marecak, Nan Bangs McKinnell and Betty Woodman. This is a limited capacity tour. Spots are secured on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up to participate upon arrival at the Welcome Desk. No advanced reservations.

“Up Close and Personal: Eames at Kirkland Museum”
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tickets On Sale Now! 

RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod), 1948–1950, Designed by Charles Eames (1907–1978, American) & Ray Eames (1912–1988, American), manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company, Collection of Kirkland Museum.

On Wednesday, August 14, join Carla Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, for an in-depth exploration of Eames designs within Kirkland Museum’s collection!

Carla Hartman will present detailed commentary and close examination of sixteen Eames objects within Kirkland Museum’s collection. Hartman will share the practice of “close looking” that her grandparents introduced to her. Utilizing the tools learned from them and while a master teacher, Hartman will educate visitors on the ways we can better understand and enjoy quality design. This lecture will coincide with Kirkland Museum’s Pastime / Past Time pop-up exhibition (on view July 19–August 25, 2019), inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America.  

Who is Carla Hartman?
Carla Hartman is a longtime collaborator with museums, schools, institutions, and the public in her mission to share the creative legacy of design duo Charles and Ray Eames through various interactive programs and exhibitions. After thirteen years with the Denver Art Museum as a curatorial assistant and master teacher for architecture, design and graphics, she now shares her passion for chairs with the moniker “Chairs Lady.” At Chairs Lady, individuals are encouraged to investigate design concepts through miniature chair making. Hartman is also currently the Education Director at the Eames Office.

$18 members*
$25 non-members

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
*Members must have an active Kirkland Museum membership to be eligible for discounted tickets.

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

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.

Details and ticketing information will be shared soon.

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 SmithsonianMag.com.

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

Second Annual Fall Member Soirée
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Kirkland Museum Members-Only Event



Kirkland Museum will host its second annual themed soirée for members. The Museum transforms into a lively celebration honoring the collection and the Museum’s supporters. At this member-exclusive social event, guests will indulge in an evening of food and libations, access to the collection, an imaginative theme and collection-inspired activities.

Details and ticketing information will be shared soon.

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 Event at Kirkland Museum
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kirkland Museum is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus with a brunch fundraiser.  Commemorate the Bauhaus influence on artists like Herbert Bayer (1900–1985) and Werner Drewes (1899–1985) who later worked in Colorado by becoming a Bauhausler for a day! Let your creativity run rampant and immerse yourself in the whimsies of Bauhaus style at this event. Patrons will enjoy assorted brunch food and beverages and activities while viewing the Bauhaus Centennial collection. 

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].

Details and ticketing information will be shared soon.

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].