Denver Art Museum Celebrates 125th Birthday in 2018

Museum honoring milestone birthday with celebration of its heritage, programming and vision for the future

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) this year will celebrate the milestone of 125 years since it was founded as The Artists’ Club of Denver in 1893. Originally formed by a small group of professional artists with the purpose of “the advancement of the art interests of Denver,” the DAM has since become home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of world art in the Rocky Mountain region, amassing more than 70,000 works of art. The museum’s milestone year will be observed throughout 2018, culminating with its official 125th birthday on Dec. 4, 2018.

In recognition of this notable year, the DAM will celebrate its heritage, current program and vision for the future with members, visitors and the Denver community throughout the year. The celebration will kick off with a commemorative 125th birthday web page including video, staff stories, a historic timeline and highlights of significant artworks collected over the past 125 years.

Special events and moments held at the DAM throughout the year will include: $1.25 general admission tickets on July 20, #DAMbirthday selfie moments inside the museum, special giveaways, birthday-themed beverages at The Callahan Café and more. Visitors are encouraged to stay tuned on the DAM’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and birthday web page ( to learn about #DAMbirthday celebratory moments throughout the year and the details of the official 125th birthday celebration on Dec. 4.

During its 125-year history, the DAM has become a national and community leader in education, interactions with artists, creative experiences and visitor access. The museum also is known for its bold architectural design. In 1971, the museum opened its 24-sided, two-tower North Building, designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti, followed by the Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building in 2006. The museum’s North Building is currently undergoing a major renovation, which will be complete by 2021, enabling the museum to provide greater arts access to the public for the next 125 years.


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The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit

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