visitors in the Serious Play exhibition

Plan Your Visit to Serious Play

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you plan your visit to the Denver Art Museum exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America.


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).

Large-print booklets containing the exhibition text are available for complimentary use in the exhibition.

For neuro-diverse adults and children who prefer a quiet, sensory-inclusive environment we offer regular Low-Sensory Events that enable you to visit the museum at your own pace. Join us for a Low-Sensory Evening in Serious Play on June 21.

Learn more about museum accessibility.

visitors looking at The Toy in the Serious Play exhibition
Charles and Ray Eames American, 1907–1978; 1912–1988 Eames Office, Venice, CA, The Toy ,1951. Paper, cardboard, and wood dowels Manufactured by Tigrett Enterprises, Playhouse Division, Jackson, TN Collection of John Kishel


Join us for a three-part summer course that takes a closer look at midcentury design, and more. See the full slate of related programs.


Serious Play invites visitors of all ages to explore play and push their creativity. You can spin toy tops, build with the Eames’ House of Cards, and more. In addition, in the free play zone at the end of the exhibition you can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.


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


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.


There is a lot of building construction happening in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Please allow extra time for traffic and parking. Parking is available on the street (meters and lot) and in the Cultural Center Complex Garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway.

Learn more about directions and parking.


We are a photography-friendly museum, and photography without a flash for personal use is permitted unless otherwise noted. Please do not use tripods, monopods, or similar equipment in the galleries. Use the hashtag #SummerofPlay2019 to see what others are sharing online.


The North Building is under renovation. During renovation, exhibitions like The Light Show present paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more from the DAM's collection.


Beginning May 5 there will be daily tours of the exhibition at 1 pm. These tours are included with general admission.


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

We look forward to your visit!

Serious Play Design in Midcentury America May 5-August 25

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."