Martin Building FAQs

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.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Martin Building project.

The Art

The Denver Art Museum has a robust program, and the Hamilton Building will be open to the public throughout construction. A selection of works from the museum’s collections will be on view. Special exhibitions include Treasures of British Art: The Berger CollectionThe Light Show and Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Visitors can also look forward to the Eyes On contemporary art series and Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom in 2020. Please visit the Denver Art Museum website for current exhibition and program information.

Yes, many pieces from all of our permanent collections will continue to be on view in various exhibitions in the Hamilton Building during the Martin Building project renovation, including The Light Show and Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Select objects from each of the museum’s collections are on view in the Hamilton Building during construction. Some pieces will be safely stored during this time, while some artworks will be accessible to the public via collaborations. 

Outdoor artworks in the museum’s collection adjacent to the construction work were deinstalled and safely stored for the duration of the construction. The DAM’s curatorial staff is developing plans for the installation of outdoor works as the project moves forward.

Updates and details

Once construction is complete, the museum is responsible for buildout, gallery prep, and installation. When the builder returns the building to the museum, it will be an empty shell. Our internal teams will then take over to build out the space and install exhibitions and technology, which can typically take six to nine months. 

The best way to get a first look–become a Denver Art Museum member! Museum members will be able to see reopened spaces before the official public opening moments. Visit www.denverartmuseum.org/membership for levels, pricing, and benefit information. 

Yes, the museum is collaborating with local creatives, artists and constituent groups to gather feedback on collection presentation and how to best share this information with our communities in metro Denver and beyond. If you have suggestions for individuals or organizations we should include, please contact us at info@denverartmuseum.org

The museum closed the north side of its campus in November 2017 to provide the most efficient construction process in terms of cost and time, while also reducing visitor inconvenience. For reopening, the museum will focus on re-installing artworks gallery by gallery. When galleries are completed, they will be reopened in phases, culminating in the completion of the project at the end of 2021. 

The DAM will continue to keep members and the public up to date on key project milestones on the denverartmuseum.org/martin section of the website, as well as email newsletters, blog posts, and media stories for significant milestones.

The 2019-2020 exhibition calendar is one of the museum’s most exciting and dynamic yet, and museum members and the public now enjoy free general admission seven days a week. The works of Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel are now on view in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. In Oct. 2019, the DAM will be home to Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The DAM also will feature works by Norman Rockwell in May 2020 in the exhibition Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom.

Denver Art Museum members enjoy benefits all year long from free general admission, to guest passes and discounts in The Shop. And members always enjoy the best prices for ticketed exhibitions (including Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature). Additionally, DAM members will receive regular updates on construction progress and have priority access to program registration, including lectures with artists and the Martin Building project architecture team.

Free days and free access will continue. Providing free community access to our collections and programs is part of the Denver Art Museum’s goal for serving the public, and part of the driving force behind expanding our spaces to provide better service to groups, schools, and more. 

Free admission for kids through the Free for Kids program will continue through the reopening of the Martin Building.

The architecture

The original Gio Ponti-designed building will remain intact. The connecting corridor between the towers and the south structure, called Silber Hall, has been partially rebuilt to connect to the new Welcome Center and support the build-out of the lower level, improving natural light.

The south structure, which housed the old restaurant, and served as the entrance to the Martin Building, was removed to make way for the Welcome Center that will house a new full-service restaurant, a quick-service café, an events space, and a ticketing desk. 

The planned Welcome Center will include 50,000 square feet on three levels, helping unify the campus. This significant addition will feature visitor-centric amenities, including a restaurant, quick-service café, and improved wayfinding, along with dynamic and flexible program spaces and state-of-the-art event space. Expanded art storage and a purpose-built conservation lab also will be a part of the new welcome center space. 

More than 30,000 feet of new public space will be added to the Denver Art Museum when the project is complete, including expanded gallery space on level 2 and 7 of the building.

Dining options & event rental

Event reservations for Martin Building and Sie Welcome Center spaces, including the Sturm Grand Pavilion, may be reserved starting August 8, 2019, and spaces will be available for events that begin in mid-2020. 

Yes, there will be a new restaurant space inside the building, as well as a quick-service café, adding a more casual dining option. The restaurant and catering details will be announced soon.

Yes, the Denver Art Museum Hamilton Building is available as a venue for events during construction. Please email eventinfo@denverartmuseum.org for details. 

The museum used an RFP process to select the best dining and restaurant partners to meet its visitor food-service goals. 

There are several dining options in the Golden Triangle neighborhood–starting with the quick-service Callahan Café on the main level of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building. Other locations include Mad Greens across the plaza, as well as neighborhood favorites Leven Deli, Cap City Tavern, Pint’s Pub, Dozens, Rendezvous Café at History Colorado, Burger Fi, Torchy’s Tacos and Fire at The Art: A Hotel. In the warmer months, Civic Center Eats features dozens of food trucks in Civic Center Park.

If you have further questions not answered above, please email info@denverartmuseum.org.