Denver museum makes ‘hot list’ for best new museums in the world

DENVER (KDVR) — When Condé Nast Traveler magazine unveiled its “2022 Hot List” of the best new museums in the world, only two locations in the US were on the list — and one of them is in Denver. While this local museum may not be brand new, it has recently undergone a major change.

The Denver Art Museum made the list for the $150 million renovation, which fully reopened last October. The renovations centered around the Martin Building, designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti, which originally opened in 1971. Changes included the addition of the Sie Welcome Center, with its rounded glass exterior.

  • The Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center and Martin Building at the Denver Art Museum.
  • The Sie Welcome Center and Martin Building under construction at the Denver Art Museum in April 2019.
  • Construction of the school and youth group drop-off and tube entrance at the Denver Art Museum in May 2019.
  • Exterior Courtyard under construction, featuring Martin Building, Sie Welcome Center, and Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Duncan Hall in the Martin Building at the Denver Art Museum shortly before its 2020 opening.
  • The interior of the new Ponti restaurant at the Sie Welcome Center at the Denver Art Museum.
  • The Denver Art Museum's new conservation lab in the Martin Building.
  • The Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building, with the Martin Building in the background, in October 2019.
  • The Denver Art Museum's Martin Building Schlessman Family Bridge and group entrance at night.

In acknowledging the museum, CN Traveler called it “Smithsonian in its scope,” noting that floors devoted to unique collections are “worth an afternoon each.” The other US location mentioned by the magazine is The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, which opened last fall.

Construction of the Denver Art Museum closed the northern portion of the campus near Civic Center Park in 2017. The four years of renovation added nearly 50,000 square feet of usable space, while leaving the footprint unchanged.

One of the largest art museums in the United States, the Denver Art Museum holds more than 70,000 works of art and also houses traveling collections. Details about the museum, including tickets and events, can be found on the website. The full “2022 Hot List” is available on the CN Traveler website.

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