Horse with Head Lowered sculpture by Edgar Degas

Helpful Tips for Your Visit to Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you prepare for your visit to the Denver Art Museum exhibition Degas: A Passion for Perfection.


Your exhibition ticket is good for one-time entry into the exhibition on the date and time printed on your ticket.

Exhibition entry times do sell out, so advance ticket purchase is recommended to guarantee access to the exhibition. There are extended hours the closing weekend.

Members see Degas for half the price. Not a member? Join today.

School groups will be visiting most weekday mornings. Weekdays in the late afternoons and Friday evenings when the museum is open late are a great option to enjoy the exhibition during quieter times.


Visitors to Degas can choose to listen to audio guides for adults or families, available in English and Spanish. Audio guide is included with price of the ticket.

  • Please keep the volume on your audio guide at a reasonable level.
  • If you prefer to use a headset, they are available for borrowing at the beginning of the exhibition.
  • You can use your own earbuds plugged into the hand-held device.
  • Please ask a gallery host if you have any questions about using the audio guide.
  • Feel free to experiment with either guide or check them both out.


The most convenient place to park is the Cultural Center Complex Garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Pre-purchase your parking permit online and guarantee your parking space in the Cultural Center Complex Garage, even when it’s marked full or closed (quantities are limited). To purchase a one-time use ePermit for the garage, visit

Learn more about directions and parking.


For your safety and comfort as well as the protection of the objects, we ask that you store large bags and backpacks (including purses) before you enter gallery spaces. Free lockers are available on the first and lower levels for your convenience.


The DAM strives to be accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome in the museum and galleries and may be borrowed from the welcome centers. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs also are permitted, as are canes and walkers that convert to stools. You may also use the museum-provided gallery stools (available at the exhibition entry).


You are welcome to write or sketch with a graphite pencil in notebooks 11” x 14" or smaller. Please refrain from using ink pens or other writing utensils.


We are a photography-friendly museum, and photography without a flash for personal use is permitted. Please do not use tripods, monopods, or similar equipment in the galleries. Use the hashtag #DegasatDAM to see what others are sharing online.


Please do not have any food or drink in the galleries. The Callahan Café in the Hamilton Shop on level one is a great place to buy and enjoy drinks and snacks.


Members ($3, in addition to exhibition ticket)

Members have the opportunity to receive docent-led tours of Degas. Space is limited. Please purchase tickets in advance.

Weekdays, 1 pm

Schools (K-12)

Free tours for students and chaperones. Bring your students to investigate Degas’ transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late-nineteenth-century Paris.


College and adult groups (10 or more people) can receive group-rate admission with advance reservations, and schedule docent-led tours. Two-week advance reservations required. To make reservations or schedule your group tour today, call 720-913-0088 or email


Check here for lectures, classes, and more related to Degas.


Planning an event at the Denver Art Museum? Enhance your guests' experience with a private gallery viewing of Degas before or after museum hours, or offer a guided exhibition tour. Find out more about event rental options.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the museum welcome center on levels one of each building, or ask in advance by calling 720-913-0130. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help.

We look forward to your visit!

Image: Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Horse with Head Lowered (Cheval Faisant une "Descente de Main"), date of casting uncertain, probably c.1921 (original was modelled late 1880s-early 1890s), copper alloy, inscribed '22/E'. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite part of Dior: From Paris to the World is the section called "Fields of Flowers."