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OVERVIEW

The Denver Art Museum will reopen to the public on June 6, 2020. Following two years of hard construction to create a welcoming, engaging, and united campus, the museum announced in Nov. 2019 that its construction phase is complete. Current and future site work will include exterior plaza construction, and collection move in, and gallery installation for the summer reopening.

Thanks to the thousands of visitors that experience transformative encounters with art each year, the DAM is in the top 20 most attended art museums in North America. Home to award-winning exhibitions and top-tier programs for all ages, the DAM is a place for shared, hands-on experiences, an appreciation for diverse cultures, and personal expression. It is a beacon for creativity and innovation, the very qualities that make our city great.

The completion of the Martin Building project will expand the museum’s ability to serve the community, welcome guests to our city, and preserve and present priceless works of art from cultures around the world and throughout history for generations to come. A phased reopening begins on June 6, 2020, with the debut of the new Sie Welcome Center, Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center, and more. Learn more.

During construction, the Hamilton Building is buzzing with activity and is now open seven days a week. View current exhibitions here.

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Construction update

September 2019

At the welcome center, construction operations remain focused on the installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as final finishes. The end-grain wood flooring is being installed in the main hall and on the second floor, and bathrooms and elevators will be completed soon. The conservation lab on the lower level is complete. Exterior courtyards are beginning to take shape; a new Ponti wall and elliptical site walls will form the lower courtyard and surrounding spaces.

In the Martin Building, floors 4 through 7, the basement and the lower level, as well as the new and existing elevators are nearly finished. Installation of the new strip wood flooring is complete, while progress continues to refinish the existing end-grain wood floors. Exterior tile replacement is ongoing, with 23 of the 26 building facades now complete.

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Renovation Milestones

See a timeline of project milestones.

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Gift Announcements

Gift Announcements

Read more about the individual donors and foundations in our community that have pledged significant gifts to the Martin Building renovation project.

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A Modernist Gem

A Modernist Gem

The Martin Building was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. Its 7-story silhouette is celebrated as one of the first high-rise art museums and is the only completed building in North America designed by the renowned Italian modernist.

Rendering of entrance to the North Building and Welcome Center

Architectural Partners

Fentress Architects of Denver and Boston-based Machado Silvetti have been selected to design and administer the construction of the project, following a master plan study developed by Tryba Architects.

Architectural rendering of North Building revitalization project, aerial view at dusk

Key Elements

Key project elements include bringing the museum’s renowned educational programs to the center of the campus, expanding gallery spaces for growing collections, including design and western American art, completing Ponti’s original vision for visitor access to stunning 7th-floor views, exterior site improvements, and updating environmental and other key systems to current-generation technology.

Preview of the New Spaces

Preview of the New Spaces

Learn more about the upgrades to the building systems, new and expanded event spaces, and the rooftop terraces that will provide spectacular views. Also, see a preview of where each collection will be located on an infographic.

 

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RESTAURANT INFORMATION

The Martin Building will feature a new restaurant and a quick-service café. Museum visitors will have more spaces to dine and more choices during their museum visit. 

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Rendering of North entrance and Welcome Center

Proposed architectural rendering of North Building from the Cultural Center Complex Garage. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti.

Proposed architectural rendering of view of the North Building from 14th Ave. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti.

Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti.

Proposed architectural rendering of terrace on Level 7 of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti.

View of the North Building and Frederic C. Hamilton Building prow, taken from the parking garage, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

View of the North Building and Frederic C. Hamilton Building prow, taken from the parking garage, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

View of the North Building and skyline at sunset, taken from the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

View of the North Building and skyline at sunset, taken from the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

View of the North Building's original entrance, later used as a school group entrance, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

View of the North Building's original entrance, later used as a school group entrance, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

Profile view of the North Building's original entrance, later used as a school group entrance, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

Profile view of the North Building's original entrance, later used as a school group entrance, 2015. Photograph © James Florio.

Photograph of Italian architect Gio Ponti standing in a doorway photographed by Paolo Gasparini

Paolo Gasparini, Portrait of Gio Ponti, about 1955. Courtesy Gio Ponti Archives.

Architectural model of the Denver Art Museum's North Building created in 1966 by modern architect Gio Ponti and James Sudler Associates

Gio Ponti and James Sudler Associates, Model of the Denver Art Museum, 1966. Painted cardboard. Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 1991.859.

North Building under construction in 1969. Courtesy Denver Art Museum.

North Building under construction in 1969. Courtesy Denver Art Museum.

Visitors entering the Denver Art Museum's North Building in 1971

Entrance to the North Building, 1971. Photograph © Wayne Thom.

Exterior view of the North Building in 1971 detailing architectural elements designed by Gio Ponti

Exterior view of the North Building, 1971. Photograph © Wayne Thom.

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