Museum Friends

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

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

Denver Art Museum Friends take part in educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more. Choose a department of Interest for unique invitations to social gatherings, but enjoy the ability to connect with all departments across the museum.

Martin Building Special Event

Be among the first to explore seven floors of beautiful gallery spaces and inaugural exhibitions during the Member Preview of the Martin Building on October 21, 10 am–5 pm.

Shockwave Lecture Museum Friends
Museum Friends talking at an event

Museum Friends Benefits

  • Free admission to lectures
  • Deeper discounts on courses and symposia
  • Advance access to registration for all lectures, courses, and symposia
  • Behind the scenes events and museum updates
  • Invitations to social gatherings and events for selected department of interest

Departments of Interest

  • 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

Museum Friends Dues

Museum Friends dues are paid in addition to any general level of membership:

  • $125 Museum Friends – For one person
  • $200 Museum Friends – For two people

Additional departments of interest may be added at an additional cost ($75 for one person, $125 for two people)

How do I become a Museum Friend?

Existing Members

If you are an existing DAM member and would like to add on Museum Friends to your membership, please contact a sales associate at 720-913-0130.

Please note: A Museum Friends membership including one department of interest is included for supporters at The Museum Associates $2,500 level and above. To learn more about becoming a Museum Associate, call 720-913-0130 to speak to a sales associate.

New Members

To purchase online, you will need to purchase your DAM membership first. Once you have completed your purchase and activated your member account, you will then be able to login and add on a Museum Friends membership.

You can also call 720-913-0130 to speak to a sales associate about purchasing your membership and Museum Friend.

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?

The number of programs vary, but you can expect anywhere from three to five lectures per month. These might include artist talks, symposia, a course, or a curator lecture. Our goal is to offer a wide selection of adult programming offerings representing all curatorial departments across the museum. Social and enrichment events will also be offered, which will be specific to your department of interest. Since these programs will vary in size and scope, there is no set number, but you can expect a few each year.

Learn more about member events.

How do I stay informed about upcoming programming and events?

There are several ways in which you will receive information about Museum Friends benefits. 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 Friends webpage. Events specific to each department of interest will be communicated via email and printed materials.

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 Museum 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.

Additionally, Museum Friends will have exciting enrichment and social opportunities such as receptions with visiting speakers, and early access to the reinstalled galleries of the North Building!

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!

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.

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!