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Museum Friends

Get more out of your Denver Art Museum membership by becoming a Museum Friend!

Become a Museum Friend

Museum Friends is a membership add-on that allows DAM members the opportunity to deepen their museum involvement and broaden their horizons with a community of like-minded art enthusiasts.

Museum Friends get access to educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more for free or at an even greater discounted rate. Choose a department of interest for invitations to unique social and enrichment opportunities while enjoying the ability to connect with all departments across the museum.

Benefits of Museum Friends

Museum Friends enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free admission to talks by visiting scholars, curators, and lectures by contemporary artists
  • Greater discounts on exhibition courses and curatorial symposia
  • Advance registration for all talks, lectures, courses, and symposia
  • Access to behind-the-scenes events and museum update
  • Invitations to social and enrichment events for your selected department of interest. These are invite-only events that include activities such as:
    • After-hours programs and experiences with curator access and behind the scenes moments
    • Social gatherings and receptions featuring special guests and insider discussions
    • Exclusive tours of exhibitions and collections

Want to know more? Read through our Museum Friends FAQ.

Departments of Interest

Museum Friends may choose from one of the following department of interest for invitatons to unique opportunities and events:

  • Friends of Architecture and Design
  • Friends of Art of the Ancient Americas and Latin American Art
  • Friends of Asian Art
  • Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Friends of Native Arts
  • Friends of Painting and Sculpture
  • Friends of Photography
  • Friends of Textile Art and Fashion
  • Friends of Western American Art

How to Join

Current DAM members who'd like to add Museum Friends to their membership can contact our visitor services team at 720-913-0130. Please note a Museum Friends (Dual) membership is included as a benefit for supporters at The Museum Associates at the $2,500 level and above.

If you are not yet a member, you will need to purchase your DAM membership (or membership renewal) first. Once you have completed your purchase and activated your member account, you will be able to log in and add a Museum Friends membership. You can also call 720-913-0130 to speak to a member of our visitor services team.

Museum Friends dues are paid in addition to any general level of membership. The dues are $125 for one person and $200 for two. Invitations to social and enrichment events for one department of interest are included in a Museum Friends membership. Additional departments of interest may be added at an additional cost of +$75 for access for one person and +$125 for two.

CultureHaus: Young Museum Friends

CultureHaus is a membership add-on for young philanthropists ages 45 and under. Engage with various curatorial departments, fall in love with the Denver Art Museum and its collections, and find connections with other like-minded young Museum Friends.

CultureHaus dues are the same as Museum Friends ($125 for access for one person, and $200 for access for two people). Enjoy the same great benefits of Museum Friends with quarterly invitations to social and enrichment events throughout the year. Additionally, CultureHaus members will get to experience select programs in various departments of interest instead of just one.

Please note: You must be a member of the DAM to join Museum Friends and CultureHaus.

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Museum Friends FAQ

Will my membership card remain the same/how will I be identified as a Museum Friend?

Yes, your membership card will remain the same. Since Museum Friends is tied to your DAM membership, your Museum Friends account will automatically be visible to a sales associate or when you register for an event online.

How many programs and social/enrichment opportunities will take place throughout the year?

We offer several programs each month, including lectures, talks, courses, and symposia. We also offer a variety of social and enrichment events specific to your department of interest. Our goal is to offer a wide selection of lifelong learning programs that represent curatorial departments across the museum.

How do I stay informed about upcoming programming and events?

All Museum Friends will receive a quarterly email specific to Museum Friends (in addition to your monthly member email). This email will detail upcoming lectures open to all Museum Friends.

Additionally, On & Off the Wall (OOTW), our bi-monthly member magazine, will also highlight those lectures, symposia, and courses available to Museum Friends. Finally, a list of these offerings will also be available on the museum's website. Invite-only events specific to each department of interest will be communicated via email.

To ensure you start receiving emails from the museum, please take the following steps:

  1. Please complete this form.
  2. Check your inbox for a confirmation email—if you do not receive the email, please contact us.
  3. Open the confirmation email.
  4. Click on the link in the email as the last step to subscribe.

How do I add an additional department of interest?

To add an additional department of interest, please call 720-913-0130.

How do I change my department of interest?

At the time of renewal, you will be given the opportunity to update your department of interest. Or, if you would like to make an immediate change, please call 720-913-0130.

How do I register for lectures and social/enrichment events as a Museum Friend?

To register for lectures, classes, or symposia, call 720-913-0130 or visit us in person at the visitor services desk.

If registering online, you will need to log-in to your DAM membership account and select Museum Friends to access special pricing and presale opportunities.

For social and enrichment events, you can register through links that will be sent via email or you can call 720-913-0130. Since they are exclusive benefits for Friends of a particular department of interest, these events will not be listed on the DAM website.

If I have Museum Friends single access, can I bring a guest to a lecture for free?

You must have a Museum Friends dual access membership to be eligible to bring a guest for free. Additional tickets may be purchased under your DAM general membership once they go on sale.

Can I upgrade from a Museum Friends single access to dual access?

Yes! Please call 720-913-0130 to upgrade your membership.

What types of social and enrichment opportunities can I expect?

Social connections, personal experiences with artists and curators, and visits to galleries, art districts, and cultural organizations will be benefits as a Museum Friend.

Will Museum Friends have travel opportunities?

Travel opportunities are not part of Museum Friends. If you are interested in future travel opportunities, we invite you learn more about The Museum Associates.

Can I gift a Museum Friends membership?

Yes, as long as the recipient already has a DAM membership (or, you may gift them together). Please call 720-913-0130 and we would be happy to help!

How can I deepen my support above and beyond Museum Friends?

If you are interested in supporting a particular department, you are welcome to make a tax-deductible gift at any time. There are also several formal opportunities for deeper engagement such as:

  • Upper level membership in The Museum Associates, which includes benefits across all departments such as exhibition opening events, an annual black tie gala reception, travel opportunities, and more. Members joining at the $2,500+ levels will receive a complimentary Museum Friends membership.
  • At the First 100 Museum Associates level, half of the gift can be directed to an exhibition or program of your choice.
  • Gifts at other levels are welcome as well!