Claude Monet

The Truth of Nature

Claude Monet, Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899. Oil on canvas; 35-5/8 x 35-5/16 in (90.5 x 89.7 cm). Princeton University Art Museum: From the Collection of William Church Osborn, Class of 1883, trustee of Princeton University (1914-1951), president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1941-1947); given by his family, y1972-15. Photo Credit: Princeton University Art Museum/Art Resource, NY.

Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-1874. Oil paint on canvas; 31-5/8 x 23-3/4 in. (80.3 x 60.3 cm). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F72-35. Photo courtesy Nelson-Atkins Media Services / Jamison Miller.

Claude Monet, The Parc Monceau, 1878. Oil on canvas; 28-5/8 x 21-3/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1959, 59.142. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art under CC0 Public Domain Designation.

Claude Monet, Fishing Boats, 1883. Oil on canvas; 25-3/4 x 36-1/2 in (65.4 x 92.7 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum, 37.2017.

Claude Monet, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882. Oil on canvas; 23 x 30-1/2 in (58.4 x 77.5 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, 2016.365.

Claude Monet, The Canoe on the Epte, about 1890. Oil on canvas; 52-1/2 x 57-1/2 in (133.5 x 146 cm). Collection Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand: Purchase, 1953. Inv. MASP.00092. Photo by Eduardo Ortega.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Gallery view of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. Photo by James Florio.

Plan Your Visit


The DAM strives to be accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome in the museum and galleries, and may be borrowed at the front desk. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs also are permitted, as are canes and walkers that convert to stools. You may also use the museum-provided gallery stools (available at the exhibition entry).

Large-print exhibition text is available in the exhibition.


There are different versions of the Monet audio guide for adults and families, both available in English and Spanish. Audio guides are included with the price of the ticket.

  • Please keep the volume on your audio guide at a reasonable level.
  • All hand-held audio devices come with a headset. We also have induction loops available for visitors with hearing aids.
  • You also may opt to use your own earbuds plugged into the hand-held audio device.
  • Please ask a gallery host if you have any questions about using the audio guide.
  • Feel free to experiment with either guide or check them both out.


The weather in Colorado can change dramatically in a short time. Please dress comfortably and in layers to adapt to the changing weather and the different temperatures in the museum.


Please do not have any food or drink in the galleries. The Callahan Café in the Hamilton Shop on level one is a great place to buy and enjoy drinks and snacks. Here is a list of some of the dining options near the museum.


College and adult groups (10 or more people) can receive group-rate admission with advance reservations. Two-week advance reservations required. To make reservations or schedule your group tour today, call 720-913-0088 or email


For your safety and comfort as well as the protection of the objects, we ask that you store large bags and backpacks (including purses) before you enter gallery spaces. Free lockers are available on the first and lower levels for your convenience (lockers require a quarter, which is returned when you're done).


There is a lot of building construction happening in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Please allow extra time for traffic and parking.

The most convenient place to park is the Cultural Center Complex Garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway. You may be able to pre-purchase your parking permit online and guarantee your parking space in the Cultural Center Complex Garage, even when it’s marked full or closed (quantities are limited). To purchase a one-time use ePermit for the garage, visit (Please note the DAM does not own or operate this garage.)

You also can try SpotHero to reserve parking. To reserve your parking spot, visit the Denver Art Museum SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

Learn more about public transportation, driving directions, and parking.


We are a photography-friendly museum, and photography without a flash for personal use is permitted. Please do not use tripods, monopods, or similar equipment in the galleries. Use the hashtag #MonetatDAM to see what others are sharing online.


The Martin Building (formerly known as the North Building) is under renovation.

The Light Show, on levels 3 and 4 of the Hamilton Building, showcases objects from the DAM's collection. Access to the rest of the Hamilton Building is included with your ticket to Monet.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the museum welcome center on level one, or ask in advance by calling 720-913-0130. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help.

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Museum Barberini, Potsdam. It is presented with generous support from PNC Bank. Additional funding is provided by Barbara Bridges, Keith and Kathie Finger, Lauren and Geoff Smart, Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.