Denver

The Coolest Museums in Denver

From the Denver Art Museum to the Molly Brown House Museum, there's something for everyone.

Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum

Depending on your penchant for fine art, Colorado history, or the slightly eclectic and obscure, there is more than likely a museum in Denver where you could spend a whole day or more. Even outside of Golden Triangle’s obvious museum hub awaits a multitude of day trip destinations where you can immerse yourself for as long as you like-and for usually just a few dollars. Explore the impressive sprawl of the Denver Art Museum, the innovation of our local Air and Space Museum, or the epic history (and perhaps hauntings) of the Molly Brown House Museum, plus a whole slew of other awesome, interesting, and totally-unique-to-Denver museums.

Denver Art Museum

Golden Triangle
Now one of the largest art museums in the Western United States, the Denver Art Museum houses over 70,000 works of art across 12 permanent collections that feature global and local artists alike. Among its several buildings, visitors will find North American Indigenous art, African art, Asian art, and Latin American art, spanning every medium and ancient, modern, and in-between eras. DAM also offers a wide range of creative classes and programs for art lovers of all ages.
What to know before you go: The museum is open daily from 10 am -5 pm and until 9 pm on Tuesdays. Tickets for adult Colorado residents are $13, seniors and students are $10, and kids 0 – 18 (and museum members) visit for free. Tickets for non-Colorado residents are a few dollars extra.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

City Park
Encompassing an array of permanent and rotating exhibits from space exploration to ancient Egypt to the time of the dinosaurs, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a dream for anyone looking to learn something new. Plus, in addition to the many exhibits, visitors can check out the Gates Planetarium or IMAX theatre for special events and viewings.
What to know before you go: Museum admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children, and $16.95 for seniors, with special exhibits and events at varying additional costs, and a ton of discounts for military, students, teachers, and more. Museum hours are daily 9 am to 5 pm and most Fridays 9 am to 9 pm.

Museo De Las Americas
Museo De Las Americas
Museo De Las Americas

Museo de las Americas

Lincoln Park
Learn about and celebrate Latin American art at the Museo de las Americas, located in the very heart of the Santa Fe arts district. Opened in the early ‚Äė90s, the museum features Latin American art and cultural artifacts from ancient to folk to contemporary art, sourced from around the world. Typically there are three to five exhibitions per year (held in the museum’s main gallery), with two smaller galleries showing private collections. Museo offers a variety of programs for both the public and museum members and is also a nonprofit, meaning visits, memberships, and donations are crucial to keeping the exhibits going.
What to know before you go: Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm and Saturdays 12 pm to 5 pm, with general admission costing $8, $5 for students, seniors, artists, teachers, and military, and free entry for members and children 13 and under.

History Colorado Center/Center for Colorado Women’s History

Capitol Hill
This one’s a twofer since the Center for Colorado Women’s History is only one part of the large network of museums comprising History Colorado. The History Colorado Center is pretty self-explanatory, detailing the best and most interesting parts of Colorado’s extensive history and role in the American West. Guests will find four floors of constantly rotating exhibits and a plethora of interactive and educational experiences. In addition to your standard fare exhibits, the Center for Colorado Women’s History also presents scholarships, research, lectures, and tours that cover the varied history of women in Colorado, with the house itself serving as a devoted space “for inspiring women” since 1883.
What to know before you go: The History Colorado Center is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, is free for members and kids under 18, and costs $15 for adults. The Center for Colorado Women’s History is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and Sundays 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Adult tickets are $8, seniors $6, and History Colorado members and kids 18 and under visit free.

MCA Denver
MCA Denver
MCA Denver

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

LoDo
While MCA has only been in existence for just under three decades, it’s had a powerful impact on the Denver art community, both in showcasing envelope-pushing, thought-provoking modern pieces and encouraging artists near and far to continue such expression. Grab a ticket to explore the many exhibits and installations challenging the mind, spirit, and oftentimes the medium used in the process, or attend one of the museum’s regular events.
What to know before you go: Hours are Tuesday -Thursday 12 pm to 7pm, Friday 12 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, but be sure to check the museum’s updated general admission times before visiting. MCA Denver will validate $6 off parking for the public garage at 1900 16th street (used before 4 pm Tuesday -Friday), and limited meter parking is available on Delgany Street. Reservations are not required, though you can reserve your tickets ahead of time to pick up upon arrival.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Lowry
Want to see a piece of moon rock from the Apollo space mission? What about a propeller that Orville Wright designed himself? That and so, so much more awaits at Wings Over the Rockies. Technically, there are two buildings/experiences here: the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum-with its 100,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring various aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, military uniforms, and more-and the 15-acre campus that is Exploration of Flight, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation, offering immersive and informative programming regarding all things flight.
What to know before you go: Wings is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, opening at noon on Sundays. Tickets range in price from $11.95 for kids 4 – 16 to $18.95 for adults, with several discounts available. Free parking is available on the south and east sides of the building (Hangar 1 of the former Lowry Air Force Base).

Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

Golden Triangle
Fully dedicated to the works of artist Clyfford Still, this museum is a wonderful place to get lost in giant canvases, bold colours, and hyper-intentional brush strokes. A post-World War II abstract expressionist, Still’s provocative works all touch on “universal themes about creation, life, struggle, and death (the human condition).” Ponder any one of the exhibits devoted to Still’s early works, late works, or those in-between, or that of an equally compelling guest artist.
What to know before you go: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am -5 pm. Adult tickets are $10, kids can visit free, and there are several discounts for school groups, military, seniors, and more.

Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

Capitol Hill
If you’ve been in Denver for at least a few days, you’ve probably heard of Margaret Tobin “Molly” Brown. If you haven’t, you should definitely take a trip to this house and museum to learn all about her badassery in Colorado and beyond. A Titanic survivor, advocate for the improvement of Colorado’s towns and cities, and champion for women’s labour rights, Molly lived a life of adventure and innovation and remains a pillar of Colorado history.
What to know before you go: The museum is open Wednesday 9 am -1 pm, Thursday and Saturday through Tuesday from 9 am -5 pm, and Friday 9 am -7 pm. Tickets can be purchased online for solo exploration or guided tours starting at around $16.

American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection

Central Business District
Interested in impressive depictions of life in the Old American West? Look no further than the American Museum of Western Art. With three floors of galleries showcasing both historic and contemporary art, it’s easy to get lost in scenes of cowboys, prairies, and breathtaking landscapes of the American West-though that’s only a small portion of what you can expect to find while exploring.
What to know before you go: Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, with the last entry accepted at 4:00 pm. Tickets for self-guided tours are $5 across the board, but guided tours are also available at select times.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Children’s Museum of Denver Marsico Campus

Jefferson Park
Fun for everyone ages 2 to 92, the Children’s Museum of Denver is a fantastic spot to bring the whole family and learn a thing or two during your visit. Here, kids (and kids at heart!) can learn the physics basics of water and energy, discover the fun of the Adventure Forest and Box Canyon, or play pretend at Fire Station No. 1 or My Market. Get totally hands-on and spend the day creating, absorbing, and adventuring with your favourite little explorer.
What to know before you go: Museum hours are 9 am -4 pm daily, but reservations are required to guarantee entry. Admission starts at $15 for kids age 1 and adults over 60, $17 for visitors age 2 – 59, and members and kids under the age of 1 visit for free. Free parking is available on site.

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Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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