Top 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In Denver

December 24, 2012 6:00 AM


Denver is home to many amazing and spectacular museums, several of which are internationally known and attract exhibits from all around the world. Upcoming 2013 is already shaping up to be an incredible year of beautiful art, fascinating science and many other educational and inspiring museum exhibits. Don’t miss out on all of the culture Denver has to offer. Head out and visit some of these great exhibits while you have the chance.

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Dates: February 10, 2013 through April 28, 2013

Just about everyone knows who Georgia O’Keeffe was and many are very familiar with her iconic style and work, however this exhibition is truly special. Bringing the lesser-known works of O’Keeffe’s art to Denver, it includes 53 beautiful features. The exhibition chronicles her work created specifically in New Mexico and focused on the Hispanic and Native American architecture, culture and landscapes. Included in the exhibit are 15 rarely seen photos of Hopi Katsinam figures, which were used to teach children about the power Katsinam possessed to bring rain and control the weather. Don’t miss this unique exhibit to learn more about this famous and talented artist.



Mammoth and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 370-6000

Dates: Opening February 15, 2013

More and more is being learned about the Ice Age, and this exhibition will bring a new look to some of the most intriguing creatures of that time. The exhibition includes life-size models, tusk fossils and skulls, spear points, cave paintings and even many interactive displays including touchable teeth and videos that will bring the Ice Age to life. Additionally, the exhibit includes the story of the Snowmastodon Project, which was an incredible Ice Age fossil uncovered near Snowmass Village in 2010.

Related: Top Smaller-Scale Museums in Denver

Red/Yellow/Blue (And Black and White): Clyfford Still As Colorist
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 354-4880

Dates: January 25, 2013 through May 12, 2013

Denver is very lucky to be home to the new Clyfford Still Museum and this new exhibition is a truly spectacular and exciting display of the iconic artist’s work as a colorist. The exhibition is designed to pay attention to the significance of color in Still’s work and will be arranged into five different galleries, each devoted to one of his signature colors: red, yellow, blue, black and white. Still is known for his work with colors and showcases his influence from many groundbreaking artists such as the legendary Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.

Rocky Mountain Majesty
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Dates: December 16, 2012 through September 8, 2013

The new “Rocky Mountain Majesty” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum features the work of Charles Partridge Adams, a landscape painter who was very active from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. This special exhibition is the first time that Adams’ work will be displayed at a major art museum, and the Denver Art Museum is thrilled to be the debut spot. Adams was best known for his paintings of the Rocky Mountains, specifically Longs Peak and the nearby mountain ranges, having created more than 1,000 paintings during his career. Be sure to take the time to visit this exhibit as Adams’ work is an incredible testament to the beauty of Colorado.

Related: Top Permanent Exhibits at the Denver Art Museum

New Explorations in International Design, 1878 to 1993
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
1311 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-8576

Dates: Now through April 21, 2013

If you are a fan of decorative art, then you really must visit the spectacular Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. This exhibit provides the perfect excuse to head there. The exhibit displays Kirkland’s international collection, which was recognized as one of the most important displays in North America. The art will be displayed in eight different salon settings showcasing movements from art deco to post modern as well as art nouveau and the Glasgow style. It is a great place to learn a little something about these important periods in art history or to just take in the beauty of many incredible artists.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at