Denver's Best Museums: Art, Science, History, Learning and Laughter

Denver’s cultural landscape is as rich and varied as its mile-high geographical setting. Even the city’s western roots are strikingly complex thanks to a history that includes Native Americans, African Americans, cowboys, miners and a long list of amazing women. Added to the mix are a multitude of artists and art lovers who have called Colorado home. All of that is reflected in this stellar collection of museums. Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art institutions between Chicago and the west coast, with more than 70,000 works in its collections. The Museum of Contemporary Art has no permanent collection; instead, its ever-changing exhibits mean there is always something new to discover within its walls. Adding even greater depth to the city’s cultural scene are two relatively recent arrivals, the American Museum of Western Art and the Clyfford Still Museum. History Colorado Center tells the stories of the men, women and children of many races who impacted the state’s intriguing timeline, while at Four Mile Historic Park, the city's oldest standing building and surrounding farm offer insight into the age of stage coaches and farming in the 1800s and early 1900s. Science in multiple forms is explored at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a nationally recognized facility with eye-opening permanent and traveling exhibits. There’s so much more. Whatever your age and interests, Denver has a museum to enrich your experience and turn you on to something new and fascinating. Go explore!

The Children's Museum of Denver
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The Children's Museum of Denver is all about kid-powered learning, aka interactive fun and exploration. Among the most popular exhibits is Kinetics!, a space dedicated to physical science where kids build ramps and tracks to send bright orange...  Read More

Colorado Railroad Museum
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Located in Golden, Colorado, the museum building resembles an 1880-era small-town rail depot. It's painted yellow and brown, the colors of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. The museum tells the stories of those who rode and worked on the...  Read More

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
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Wings Over the Rockies is an air and space museum in an historic World War II-era hangar built in 1939. The museum and hangar are located on the former Lowry Air Force Base. Exhibits cover the years from World War I up through the space age, and...  Read More

The Clyfford Still Museum, which opened in 2011, gives visitors insight into the legacy of Abstract Expressionist artist Clyfford Still, whose contemporaries included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Prior to the Museum's...  Read More

History Colorado Center
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Replacing the Colorado History Museum, History Colorado Center opened in 2012 in a new LEED-certified building in the Golden Triangle Museum District. The new space gave the state's historical society the opportunity to start from scratch,...  Read More

The Museum was founded in 2010 as the permanent home for The Anschutz Collection, a formerly private collection of paintings that surveys the art of the American West from the early 19th century to the present. The collection, housed in the...  Read More

Museum of Contemporary Art | Denver
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The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver opened in 1996 in a renovated fish market, then moved to its present spacious facility on Delgany Street in 2007. In keeping with the theme of creative experimentation with art and ideas, the building was...  Read More

Four Mile Historic Park tells the story of Denver's oldest standing structure and the 12 acres around it. Four Mile House (now Four Mile House Museum) was built in 1859. In 1860, a widow and her two teenage children opened it as a stage stop for...  Read More

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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This excellent museum makes learning about science, health, nature and human history fun. With a focus on interactive exhibits, DMNS is very much a hands-on experience and utterly engaging for all ages. It's possible to spend an entire day here...  Read More

Denver Art Museum
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Denver Art Museum is highly regarded for its collection of Native American art, which includes over 16,000 pieces from more than 100 tribes across the US. The seven-story North building also houses impressive displays of Pre-Columbian and...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine

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