After a four year closure, Denver Art Museum’s Sie Welcome Center and Lanny and Sharon Martin Building reopens this month with a stylish renovation.
The new elliptical glass welcome space offers more than 12,000 square feet of classrooms and multi-use space for events and programs for all ages, plus two new dining options; Café Gio for casual fare ($5 to $20) and indoor/outdoor seating, or The Ponti for a locally sourced and seasonally inspired menu ($10 to $35). History buffs and art nerds big and small can also enjoy windows that allow a peek into the art conservation laboratory, where museum conservators preserve works and prepare them for exhibition. The sensory garden outside offers seating with a view of plants chosen for their beauty, tactile elements, and aromatic appeal.
Don’t miss the Ellen Bruss Design Studio, where guests can design and create their own button to wear and engage in other design programming throughout the year. Ascend to level three to see the reinstalled Latin American Art gallery featuring animations that bring origin stories of the Americas to life, plus opportunities to create your own symbols and add them to a collective work inspired by textiles. The Textile Art and Fashion galleries on level six exhibit rotating presentations, and guests can visit the adjacent Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio for activities that teach about the role of textiles in daily life across time and around the world.
The north building reopens to the public on October 24, with a free general admission day and creative activities for visitors of all ages. Kids under age 18 are free everyday throughout the DAM campus.