DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Art Museum announced Wednesday that it will open its newly unified campus with a visitor center and Martin Building renovations next week after completing the $ 150 million expansion project. CBS4 got a glimpse of the redesigned galleries and the new experience awaiting visitors when it reopens.
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âWe looked at our collection with new eyes,â said Angelica Daneo, chief curator and curator of European art before 1900 at the Denver Art Museum. “This is what is exciting because the objects are alive.”
The Martin Building, formerly known as the North or Ponti Building, measures 210,000 square feet with galleries spanning seven floors. Pieces from the museum’s Indigenous, European, Asian and Latin American art collections will benefit from a new layout and design, each on different floors. In addition to the new Sie Visitor Center, visitors will get city and mountain views from a vantage point in the new building they may never have experienced before at the Denver Cultural Complex. The visitor center measures 50,000 square feet and includes two new restaurants.
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âReview them, reimagine them and look at them from different angles,â Daneo told CBS4 of the pieces in their collection. “We all hope that our visitors will come to our galleries, rediscover old treasures, but also discover new, new stories, new stories.”
The expansion also gives more room to the museum’s commitment to reach all ages with a new learning center. The new layout hopes to encourage people from more diverse backgrounds to visit also with bilingual signs.
âWe worked with the community to really look at these objects and deliver the content from different perspectives, including different points of view,â she said.
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Entrance to the museum on Sunday October 24 will be free to the public but visitors are encouraged to book their ticket in advance on the DAM website: https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en.