The Denver Art Museum is a private, non-profit, educational resource for Colorado. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of art works in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by supporting these works with exemplary educational and scholarly programs.
Originally founded as the Denver Artist's Club, the Museum attained its first permanent home when the North Building was completed in 1971. Milan-based architect Gio Ponti designed the castle-like building, considered very unorthodox at the time. In 2006, an equally striking addition designed by Daniel Libeskind nearly doubled the Museum's gallery space. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building consists of geometric shards flaring out like titanium flower petals; an enclosed bridge connects it to the North Building.
The Museum complex houses an ever-changing selection of its 68,000+ works of art drawn from collections of European & American painting, sculpture and design, textile art, Asian, modern & contemporary, pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial, Western American, architecture, design & graphics and a world-famous American Indian art collection. The DAM is noted for its family-friendly programs and engaging gallery installations.