Behind the Scenes at the DAM

DAM, It’s a New Website: Top 5 Changes We Made

If you have visited the Denver Art Museum website before, you’ve probably noticed it looks a little different today. After months of planning, building, and uploading, the brand-new, super sleek DAM website is officially ready for your eyes.

We think you’ll enjoy the Denver Art Museum’s new online home and we hope you’ll take a minute to look around. The new site has enhanced collections info and technical and visual features that mirror the engaging experience inside the museum. Here’s a rundown of my 5 favorite things about the new denverartmuseum.org:

1. Engaging new home page

Every journey needs a starting point, and our new DAM homepage takes you anywhere you want to go.  The image carousel tells you about the major programs taking place right now. Those pesky, yet important, details like hours and ticket prices are always easily found. Created using the Drupal content management system, the new site expands the museum experience digitally through responsive design, with a goal of reacting to user’s behavior through flexible grids and layouts. This approach supports offer a more enjoyable, consistent web and mobile experience.

2. Virtually peruse collection highlights

You can cruise the museum’s holdings from the sculptures of China’s Tang dynasty to the rock posters of groovy 1960s San Francisco in the click of a mouse. Collection highlights include images and details about key pieces from each of the DAM’s 12 collections. We’ll continue to add more objects to create a database of the museum’s more than 72,000-piece collection.

3. Go Behind The Scenes

Pulling back the curtain on the DAM is a priority both online and on-site. The museum’s new digital destination offers opportunities to learn about things happening out of the public eye. Staff voices from across the museum– from conservators to curators, installers to educators – are featured in the new staff blog section.

4. Up-To-Date Info

When you find a topic you are interested in, check the right column for related topics, events, and programs. Peruse images and info about the current Denver-exclusive Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective and then explore related content about demonstrations and hands-on activities available in the Fashion Studio.

5. Media resources

We’ve updated the media resources area to continue to offer details on all of the museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions including image downloads, press releases, and comprehensive programming guides outlining the must-know details of every exhibition at the DAM.

But don’t just take our word for it – let museum director Christoph Heinrich tell you more about our latest addition on his first Behind the Scenes blog post or in the video below. And let us know what you think – we want to hear your thoughts on the new website. Visit our Contact Us page and share your thoughts with our staff. Use that page to let us know if you are having trouble finding content from the old site in its new location too.

Others in our family of websites—Wacky Kids and Creativity Resource for Teachers—still exist, easily accessible from our fabulous new homepage.