Kirkland Museum in Denver offers art lovers a unique and unusual art experience.

There are essentially three things that make the Kirkland Museum unique, and it's all in the way the art is presented.

Kirkland is a museum of fine and decorative art and features three different types of art - International Decorative Art, Colorado and Regional Art, and Vance Kirkland and the original studio. More than 30,000 pieces of art by 1500 artists and designers is featured.

For one thing, the fine art - is paintings and sculptures - is shown in the same galleries and decorative art, which is extremely rare.

Some of the art is composed as vignettes where Art Deco furniture is grouped with period accessories, as if it were in somebody's home

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Then there are comparative displays which illustrate the history of eating, drinking, and sitting in the 20th century.

The Kirkland Museum is clearly not your typical museum, but is getting rave reviews. Here's what people have said about the museum

"There is no doubt that the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is a treasure trove of a most outstanding international collection. The variation and breadth of the collection is unique in my experience. In my fifty years as a designer and collector I have visited museums worldwide and have never experienced such an extensive and important array of fine and decorative arts integrated in each room."

 

"I have not enjoyed a museum so much in years. Everything here is an absolute joy . . . an absolute gem."

 

"Incredible! One of the most beautiful, personal and well-thought-out museums I've ever seen."

If you go, you will find the Kirkland Museum at 1201 Bannock Street in downtown Denver. General admission is $10 and you will need to spring for a few buck for parking. Visitors must be at least 13 years of age.