Denver may not be the first city you think of when you think of museums, but it has one of the richest museum scenes in the United States. From art to science, you can explore almost every kind of museum you can dream up. This list is far from exhaustive, but they are some of the best museums in Denver and ones you’ll want to put on your list for your next visit.
Best Museums in Denver
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is as famous for its architecture as it is for its collections – featuring a castle like building designed by, and a newer addition designed by Daniel Liebskind. The art at the museum spans the globe and time, collections include American and European, Spanish Colonial, Pacific Islander and Asian Art. The Pre-Columbian collection and the American Indian art are jewels of the collection . The museum is well known for redefining what it means to be a museum with artists in residence programs and exhibits that invite visitors to participate in the art. Special exhibits are a regular feature at the museum and last Fridays at DAM are something like a community block party with music, food, improv, special tours and activities for adults.
Learn more: http://denverartmuseum.org/
Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still offered his collection to a city that will build a museum devoted to it, and Denver took him up on the challenge. After being shrouded in secrecy and kept from public view, the collection is now on display in the museum. Despite being dedicated to one artist, the museum finds unique takes on Still’s life and art work and converts them into thought provoking exhibits.
Learn more: https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/
Visitor Information: https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science was built in . The museum has something for everyone. There’s an exhibit on dinosaurs, gems, Egypt, and animals from around the world. Still maintaining the original dioramas, DMNS has that classic natural history museum feel that makes you nostalgic for your childhood. In addition, the museum regularly hosts special exhibits, lectures, and events.
Learn more: http://www.dmns.org/
Visitor Information: http://www.dmns.org/plan-your-visit/
Molly Brown House
An activist with a laundry list of accomplishments in a time when women still struggled for basic rights, Molly Brown is remembered most for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. The house museum takes visitors back through time with exhibits on the history of the house and Brown’s life. Visits are by guided tour only.
Learn more: https://mollybrown.org/
Visitor information: https://mollybrown.org/visit-us/
Opened in 2012, History Colorado Center covers the 130+ years of Colorado state history and beyond. Exhibits focus on the history of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park and life in the West. There are plenty of activities for kids, and special exhibits keep the museum interesting.
Learn more: http://historycoloradocenter.org/
Visitor information: http://historycoloradocenter.org/plan/
Museum of Contemporary Art
A home for contemporary art in Denver and an innovative space for creatives, the Museum of Contemporary Art features regional and international artists in their collection. Carefully curated special exhibits offer a range of experiences for visitors, from DIY art salvaged from local art spaces to the works of Basquiat.
Learn more: https://mcadenver.org/
Visitor information: https://mcadenver.org/visit
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
On the site of the former Lowry Air Force Base, Wings Over the Rockies covers the history of flight and space in Colorado as well as highlighting the contributions of Coloradans and Lowry to the United States Air Force and NASA. Highlights of the collection include a B-52 and a B-1 Lancer as well as an X-Wing Starfighter (yes you read that right Star Wars fans).
Learn more: https://wingsmuseum.org/
Visitor Information: https://wingsmuseum.org/museum/visit/
Four Mile Historic Park
Preserved as a piece of history in the middle of Denver’s urban sprawl, Four Mile Historic Park features a farm preserved from the 19th century along one of the mile stops. You can pick up a map and take a self guided tour or sign up for one of the guided tours provided by the park. You’ll get to experience everything from the Four Mile House Museum to a trapper’s cabin and a blacksmith shop.
Learn more: http://www.fourmilepark.org/
Visitor information: http://www.fourmilepark.org/visit