The Mile High City typically markets itself to fans of the great outdoors, eager to appreciate the rolling hills, impressive mountain ranges and sun-soaked greenery that make up Denver's extraordinary natural beauty. But perhaps less commonly known is the city's thriving arts scene, comprising some world class art museums, exhibitions, and even a full week in November dedicated to the city's art. Denver boasts historical and multicultural museums alongside contemporary art exhibits, impressive public art installations and hip, cutting edge art districts. With a one-time purchase of a Mile High Culture Pass that allows visitors access to a number of the city's best art museums, an enriching tour of these superior tourist spots is an ideal way to experience the rich tapestry of history, culture and spirit that characterizes the capital of Colorado.
The striking, modern architecture of the Denver Art Museum is an exciting introduction to the array of art on show inside the building. With different floors covering different themes - the exhibitions typically cover a versatile range of eras, cultures - the museum is easy to navigate and consistently engaging. There's something for every art lover at the Denver Art Museum, with fine art, historical artifacts, textiles and photography all featuring around the museum. A great on-site restaurant is a perfect way to round off your trip.
The Kirkland Museum's tiny size and prettily unassuming exterior belies the unique, exciting exhibitions that feature inside its walls. Over just two floors and a limited number of rooms of art, visitors will immerse themselves in a journey through both local and international art. The museum is laid out in what its director describes as a 'salon' style. This means the rooms all feature both decorative art and fine art, lending an immersive, unpretentious feel to the colorful and charming exhibitions.
The MCA in Denver is smaller than many contemporary art museums but both the building itself and the creative exhibitions inside make this art museum particularly memorable. Over four floors, the MCA presents cohesive exhibitions on unique, challenging themes through contemporary art. The museum's roster is constantly changing, making it a popular spot among locals. The building's rooftop terrace and a packed schedule of intriguing lectures ensure the Museum of Contemporary Art is a well-loved attraction among even the most art-shy culture vultures.
The work of Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still is attractively presented in the Clyfford Still museum. Housed in an impressive two-story concrete and glass building, the open-plan museum is located in the heart of Denver's art scene, in the Civic Centre Art Complex. It's an educative experience, focusing on one of America's most influential artists, and the existence of the museum is a testament to Denver's strong art scene; upon Still's death, his wife personally selected Denver to house the artist's substantial collection.
The Museo De Las Americas focuses on Latin American culture, a culture which is becoming an increasingly significant part of Denver's landscape. Located in Denver's delightful Santa Fe Arts district, the small museum presents snippets of Latin America's proud cultural and societal traditions through a variety of art forms. The museum presents cutting edge art, historic artifacts and a gift shop with plenty of local art available to purchase. The museum caters for kids, too, with educational programmes and summer camps on offer.