Cozied up beside the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum is arguably Denver’s smallest, most specialized and most unique museum. When Clyfford Still, a noteworthy and prolific Abstract Expressionist painter, died in 1980, his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work.
Denver stepped up to the plate. Nearly a quarter of a century after Still’s death, the deal was sealed, and the Clyfford Still Museum was born.
The building, which was designed specifically for this one artist’s work opened in 2011.
FREE days are held once a month. A complimentary guided tours of the galleries take place at 2 p.m. on free days. Tours last about 45 minutes and are limited to 30 people. First come, first served.
It holds 95% of the artist’s lifetime output – some 3,125 paintings and other works that he created over six decades between 1920 and 1980, the majority of which have never been exhibited, including 825 paintings, 2,351 works on paper, three sculptures and archives.
The Museum hosts a rotating series of exhibitions, drawn from the collection and designed to enhance public understanding of Still’s significant role in the evolution of American art and to explore various aspects of Still’s life, career and creative output.
Things To Know
- Photography for personal, noncommercial use is allowed in the galleries. Video recordings are permitted only on mobile phones or similarly small recording devices. The use of flash and tripods are not permitted.
- Free lockers are available to stow bags more than 11 inches by 14 inches.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the Museum.
- Sketching in notebooks is permitted in the galleries with pencil only.
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880
Tuesday to Thursday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Adults: $10 – Purchase tickets in advance online and save $2.
Seniors (65+): $8
College students (with ID): $6
Children 18 & under: Free