Visitor FAQ

Don’t see your question? Contact the visitor services department at 303.832.8576.

How is Kirkland Museum Responding to COVID-19?

Kirkland Museum is Closed Temporarily Beginning March 13.

In an effort to contain the coronavirus, and support the health and safety of our community, visitors, volunteers and staff, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is closed temporarily effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

“The temporary closure is indefinite as we continue to monitor the situation and follow the direction of our public health leaders,” said Renée Albiston, Associate Museum Director.

“We are exercising an abundance of caution and proactively closing the Museum temporarily to aid in our community’s public health,” Albiston continued. The Museum has been preparing for this possibility for several weeks and has made provisions to support salaried and hourly staff.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Explore our virtual exhibitions, tours and videos from home by clicking here!


Can children visit the museum?

Children age 13 and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times. Due to the fragile nature of the collections and the popular but vulnerable salon style in which they are displayed, children under the age of 13 are not permitted in the galleries. We apologize for any inconvenience.

How do I arrange for a group to visit the museum?

Groups under 10 visitors do not need to make any special arrangements and can visit any time during public hours. For groups of 10 or more, please use our website to book a group reservation at a discounted admission cost of $7 per visitor. We require 10 business days’ notice and pre-payment to ensure scheduling and availability. Please note that group reservations are for self-guided visits only and do not include a tour. For more information please contact us at [email protected].

What types of tours do you offer?

Public Welcome Tours are offered Tuesdays at 12pm and Sundays at 1pm. Welcome Tours provide an introduction to the museum’s history, layout and collections. Tours are first come, first serve and are limited to 15 people. We advise calling the museum for the most up-to-date tour schedule before planning your visit. We do not currently offer private group tours.

Where is the most accessible visitor parking?

Accessible paid parking is located on the west side of the museum. The parking lot is accessible from the alley between Bannock and Cherokee Street. Two designated handicap spaces are located adjacent to the museum entrance on the parking lot side of the building. Additionally, there is metered parking on Bannock St. and 12th Ave.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible. Transport wheelchairs, a self-propelled wheelchair and a walker are available for use on site on a first come, first serve basis. Please inquire with the Welcome Desk staff upon your arrival to request their use. Reservations are not accepted.

Do you ever offer free admission?

Although Kirkland Museum does not receive SCFD funding and therefore does not participate in SCFD free days, we do participate in certain events such as Night at the Museums (November) that offer free admission on specific dates. Please see our Events page or social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for more information and updates. Another great option is to become a member and receive free admission for an entire year. Memberships start at $45.

Is there an audio guide?

No, we do not currently offer an audio guide. We offer various literature including books, a general brochure, wallboards and printed Gallery Guides to enable self-guided visits.

Do you offer reciprocal admission with the Denver Art Museum or any other museums?

No. We do not participate in any reciprocal programs at this time.

Can I touch any of the objects?

No, in an effort to preserve the collection, touching of the artwork and objects is strictly prohibited.

Is there visitor seating?

Yes. Visitor seating is stationed throughout the galleries. Please take care to sit only in chairs and benches clearly marked “Visitor Seating.” Lightweight, easy-to-carry folding stools are also available for use.

Is photography allowed?

Photography is permitted—without flash—for personal use only. Selfie-sticks, tripods and monopods are not allowed. For commercial use or publication, please call the museum at 303.832.8576 to inquire about our policies.

Will I need to check my bag or coat?

To help us protect the collection, we ask that visitors leave coats, umbrellas, oversized bags and backpacks in our complimentary lockers.

Can I bring food or drink into the galleries?

No food or drink is allowed in the galleries, including open water containers. Drinking fountains are available to all visitors and are located outside the restrooms, at each end of the building. Water bottles may be left in our complimentary lockers.

Are pets or emotional support animals permitted in the galleries?

No. Pets and emotional support animals are not allowed under any circumstances. Service animals are welcome in the museum.

Is sketching permitted in the galleries?

Yes. Sketch pads are limited to 11”x17” and smaller. Color media such as colored pencils, markers, paint and pastels are not permitted.

Do you have a café or restaurant?

No. There are several cafés and eateries within close walking distance. Welcome Desk staff are happy to make a recommendation during your visit.

Can I visit the Museum Store without paying for admission?

Yes. The Museum Store is open during public hours and does not require paid admission.

Do you offer any educational programs?

Yes. To stay up to date on programs offered several times a year, please join our mailing list online here or in person at the Welcome Desk. Educational opportunities are also listed on our Events page as they become available.d