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Denver Museums

Denver has painted its own town red – and blue and green and yellow with murals, sculpture and works of public art. With Denver’s growing status in the world of art, the city’s centralized museum district is creating cultural influence, combining all things historical and contemporary. Even Denver’s non-art museums are a major draw.

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Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. | 720.865.5000

The 356,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum blends art and architecture in a seamless manner, showcasing a wide range of popular collections in this seven-story building. With kid-friendly experiences, the Denver Art Museum is building a reputation as a family-friendly environment where visitors of all ages can appreciate art.

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History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway | 303.447.8679

Ride into the past at the History Colorado Center on a high-tech, hands-on journey, where more than 130 years of Colorado history is reflected in the museum’s preserved treasures and educational programs. Located just steps away from the ART, a hotel, History Colorado enlisted an all-Colorado team to design and build the organization’s award-winning center, which opened in 2012.

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Clyfford Still Museum

1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880

Clyfford Still helped lay the groundwork for the creation of abstract expressionism, characterized by spontaneous and expressive brushwork. While he had no major tie to Denver, his will stipulated his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated to his work. The Clyfford Still Museum’s collection includes 3,125 works created between 1920-1980 and are housed in exhibition rooms that provide a source of light to awaken Still’s work. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Still’s work.

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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

1311 Pearl St. | 303.832.8576

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art displays an internationally important collection of decorative art from about 1875 to about 1990. More than 3,500 examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern are on view. A retrospective of Colorado's unique and important painter Vance Kirkland (1904–1981) and over 650 works of other Colorado and regional artists are also shown. Kirkland Museum is a member of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Due to the fragile nature of the collections, Kirkland Museum limits all visitors to age 13 and up. Children between the ages of 13 and 17 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art online.

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 Colorado Blvd. | 303.322.7009

Uncover green malachite or watch an Allosaurus and Stegosaurus battle with an 80-foot-long Diplodocus at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Here, prehistoric journeys, North American Indian exhibits and hands-on science experiments await at this museum, founded more than 100 years ago.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

1485 Delgany St. | 303.298.7554

Filled with natural light, expansive windows and contemporary artwork, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver looks out on the Platte Valley. With five galleries, the museum rotates exhibitions often, featuring regional, national and international artists. Make sure to hit the rooftop’s culinary space. The MCA Cafe and adjacent roof deck boast amazing city views. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver online

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Denver Children's Museum

2121 Children's Museum Dr. | 303.433.7444

The Denver Children’s Museum is undergoing a major expansion, featuring two additional wings and new kid-powered exhibits. The existing museum is still open for business, but the new water lab, energy exhibit, outdoor experience and teaching kitchen will add to the draw of this children-friendly museum. A new three-story climbing experience “evokes the challenge, majesty and outdoor experience of colorful Colorado.” Children and adults will crawl, creep, and climb through hovering clouds, a swaying gondola, rope bridges and an ice-capped summit. Meanwhile, the outdoor exhibit, dubbed Joy Park, introduces families to spelunking, zip-lining, splashing, digging and messy, all-in play, where kids can explore the museum’s natural escape. Visit the Denver Children's Museum online.  

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Molly Brown House

1340 Pennsylvania St. | 303.832.4092

Period costume-clad docents of the Molly Brown House Museum lead visitors on 45-minute tours, retracing the life of American Margaret “Molly” Brown, from her fated trip aboard the Titanic to her survival and subsequent life of philanthropy and activism. The home of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a restored Victorian in Capitol Hill, reveals the extravagance of turn-of-the-century wealth. Don’t miss the gold-plated walls and polar bear rug. Visit the Molly Brown House Museum online

Museo de las Americas

Museo de las Americas

861 Santa Fe Dr. | 303.571.4401

Featuring Pre-Columbian, colonial and contemporary works, the Museo de las Americas is the only museum in the state to focus on the art, history and culture of the Latin Americas. Its permanent collection ranges from Spanish Colonial Art to modern Latin works. The Museo proves itself with innovative retrospectives and special events, like a recent photography exhibit that paired art with beer and tequila tastings to highlight drinking within the Mexican culture.  Visit the Museo de las Americas online.