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Denver Art Museum opening renovated campus on October 24

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is set to reopen its expanded and reimagined campus, including a new welcome centre, on October 24, 2021.

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Upon reopening, DAM will unveil all eight levels of its renovated Lanny and Sharon Martin Building, as well as the new Anna and John J Sie Welcome Center.

The restoration project was designed by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects, and reopens to coincide with the Gio Ponti-designed Martin Building’s 50th anniversary.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our community into new, dynamic spaces this fall, to explore art, world cultures and their own creativity,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer director of the DAM.

“For more than three years, the north side of our campus has been undergoing a bold transformation to improve the visitor experience while honoring and preserving the building’s historic architecture.”

Martin Building restored and renovated

The Martin Building, formerly known as the North Building, has been completely restored and renovated throughout with expanded gallery space, as well as new and improved galleries.

It also includes a new learning centre, with space for community exhibitions, creative classes and outdoor terraces. This was designed by Esrawe + Cadena.

The new Sie Welcome Center connects the Hamilton Building and Martin Building and features improved spaces for ticketing and visitor services, as well as two new F&B offerings.

The Martin Building is named after DAM board chairman Lanny Martin and his wife Sharon Martin, who gifted $25m for the $150m construction and renovation project.

Sie Welcome Center new at DAM

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“This campus transformation ensures that the Denver Art Museum continues to serve as a beacon of creativity for the widest possible audience for decades to come,” said Martin.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of all of the project’s donors, Elevate Denver Bond supporters and the greater cultural community, whose generosity ensures that the museum’s iconic campus will be a Denver destination for audiences of all ages.”

Last year, OMA unveiled design galleries and a hands-on design studio as part of the DAM renovation. OMA designed nearly 10,000 square feet of space within the Martin Building.

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