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Visiting Tips for Opening Day

Below are some tips for planning your visit and the program of events for October 24.

Wheelchairs, strollers, scooters, canes, and walkers are welcome in the museum. Wheelchairs and strollers may be borrowed from the visitor services desks. Gallery stools are available on each level of the museum.

COVID-19 Safety
Face coverings are strongly encouraged inside the museum. Automatic hand-sanitizing stations can be found on every floor. Gallery stools are cleaned between each use. Learn more about COVID-19 safety protocols.

Please dress comfortably and in layers to adapt to the changing weather and the different temperatures in the museum.

Please enter via the Sie Welcome Center entrance to visit the restaurant, café, and Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center. A bridge over 13th Avenue connects the buildings.

Food & Drink
We offer two dining options in the Sie Welcome Center. Every day, The Ponti restaurant is open 11 am–2 pm for lunch and serves a bar menu from 2–5 pm. On Tuesdays, it is open for dinner from 5–9 pm. Make reservations.

Visit Café Gio for quick-service, casual dining options. The café is located across the hall from The Ponti on level one of the welcome center. On October 24, it will open at 11 am.

Large bags are not allowed in the galleries. Lockers are available in the Hamilton Building and the Martin Building.

The most convenient place to park is the Cultural Center Complex Garage at 12th Ave and Broadway. (The DAM does not own or operate this garage.)

Snap those photos! But to protect the artwork, please don’t use your flash. Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, or similar equipment is not allowed. Personal videography is not allowed anywhere in the museum.

Opening Day Program

There is something to discover on every floor. If you have any questions, ask a staff member wearing a rainbow lanyard. We are happy to help!

In the Hamilton Building

10 am–5 pm
Enjoy giveaways from Pepsi and Saunders Construction
. While supplies last.

11 am–3 pm
Capture a Memory in the Toyota Photo Booth
| Freight Elevator
Commemorate the day with a fun photo! Pose with friends and family using special props and photo backdrops to celebrate this museum milestone.

Noon–3 pm
Watch Artist Demonstrations in the Storytelling Studio

Stop by the Storytelling Studio for a chance to connect with artists’ processes and get inspired. Visit with local artist Latasha Dunston as she shares her love of the outdoors through painting and storytelling.

In the Martin Building

11 am–2 pm, Level 7
Meet the Muralists in the Summit Room

Work with muralists Emily Hope Dobkin and Olive Moya to write your own message in the “sky.” Choose a slice of the sky image and craft a message in the clouds that inspires wonder, curiosity, or encouragement.

Noon–4 pm, Level 6
Learn about Fiber Arts in the Thread Studio

Engage with local fiber artists as they demonstrate weaving and lacemaking techniques.

10 am–5 pm, Level 2, Design Studio
Make a Button

Get inspired by the Design Studio and make your own creation on a button to wear.

10:30 am & 11:30 am, Level 2, Family Central
Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives Performances

Join the hilarious foxes who have put themselves in charge of solving all the mysteries in the museum with the help of young visitors.

1 pm, Level 3, Indigenous Arts of North America Galleries
Conversation with Chief Gordon Yellowman and John Lukavic

Join Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts, John Lukavic, and Chief Gordon Yellowman of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, as they discuss the importance of understanding where we are located and the connections Indigenous people have to the land we now call Denver.

10 am–5 pm, Level 1
Go Behind the Scenes in the Creative Hub

Watch a video of the behind-the-scenes making of the Creative Hub space, featuring Mexico City-based design firm Esrawe + Cadena.

11 am–2 pm, Level 1
Explore the Sensory Garden

Engage your senses with the beautiful visuals and tactile and aromatic appeals of plants. Staff from the Denver Botanic Gardens will be on hand to guide your experience. (Enter through the Creative Hub.)

11 am–4 pm, Level 1, Creative Hub
Commemorative Poster

Pick up a commemorative poster of the Martin Building designed and printed by Ink Lounge.

Throughout the Museum

10 am–4 pm
Martin Building, Levels 2–7
Hamilton Building, Level 2
Ask a Question in the Galleries

Join members of the museum staff, including curators, curatorial assistants, and learning and engagement specialists as they answer your questions about the art and artists in the reimagined galleries.


10 am
Brothers of Brass | Sie Welcome Center entrance

This popular local group kicks off the day with music that ranges from R&B to southern brass and psychedelic jam rock to hip hop.

11 am
Mariachi Corazón de Oro | Kemper Courtyard

Enjoy a special performance by students of the Colorado Youth Mariachi Program.

Dedication of Edgar Heap of Birds’ Wheel | By the Wheel sculpture on the lawn outside the Hamilton Building

Join Chief Gordon Yellowman, of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, for a special dedication of Wheel by Edgar Heap of Birds.