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Located in a historic two-story warehouse, the museum exhibits modern creations by local, national and international artists. Featuring three diverse viewing areas and more than 10,000 square feet of space, the non-profit museum acts as a local educational center promoting the aesthetic importance of visual and performing art. The space is also a haven for developing artists and hosts an array of photography, cinema and theatrical programs. The museum also has a funky adjunct gift shop that is a great place to browse around after checking out the latest show.
Th CU Art Museum located in the Visual Arts Complex within University of Colorado Boulder has provided the impetus behind a thriving student art community. The complex is a work of art in itself, with sustainable materials that conserve natural resources, it only adds to the grandeur of the campus. The permanent collection includes Roman ceramics, African sculpture, American photographs and other engaging work from CU students in addition to much, much more. Check website for details on current exhibitions and more about the collections.
One of Boulder's most treasured landmarks, this outdoor pedestrian mall boasts an array of boutiques and shops peddling an assortment of goods, from music to kites to trendy clothing. Located in the heart of the city, the tree lined, brick walkway also features a regular host of street performers and unusual Boulder characters. After shopping for the perfect present or browsing one of the art galleries, spend the afternoon on one of the many cafe patios. Sip your favorite beverage, soak in the sunshine and take in the street activity. A play area for children features an assortment of boulders to climb on.
For an art gallery to stand out in a town that is known for its creative flair, it must be unique. The Smith-Klein Gallery achieves this distinction. The gallery, which features both local and international artists, carries a little bit of everything, including hand carved Zuni fetishes that date back to the early 1900s. Choose from among the colorful hand blown glass pieces, pottery, and paintings by nationally acclaimed artists like Gretchen Huber Warren and Miguel Martinez. For those in search of something southwestern, the gallery offers non-traditional Native American jewelry and mixed media animal sculptures.
In 1974 Tibetan scholar Chogyam Trungpa established the Naropa Institute as a liberal arts college concentrating on contemplative studies. That same year Allen Ginsberg and Ann Waldman opened the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets at the institute. Accredited in 1986, the institute draws students from around the world. Focusing on social science, humanities and creative arts, the college offers B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. degree programs. Periodic public lectures from prominent speakers cover topics from art therapy to balancing science and religion in everyday life.
Take the kids on an expedition deep into the natural history of Colorado. The exhibits entice the visitor to explore the mysteries of native cultures and prehistoric lands as well as the region's flora and fauna. There are six exhibit halls which contain over three-million geological, archaeological paleontological and zoological specimens. The Discovery corner offers kids hands-on adventures and other interesting features include the Dinosaur Hall, Anasazi artifacts and a bug room. New exhibits are featured at the museum every month. Admission is free although donations are suggested.
Just off of Boulder Canyon Road and a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Boulder, Red Rocks Trail is an escape a world away with leaving the cozy environs of town. The trail highlight is the famous Settler's Park, the site where Thomas Aikins helped settle the new mining town. The trail itself is quite easy and great for incipient hikers or older folks, and the views are spectacular. The red rock spires that jut abruptly out of the Earth are also a popular spot for climbers. Dogs are allowed, however bikes and horses are not.
This all-encompassing center for Earth research is run under the auspices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its focus is to investigate the Earth's molecular, atmospheric, biological and weather processes as well as to promote science and education. Some of the research includes global modelling, arctic science, hurricane projections and overall assessments of climactic conditions on Earth. Visitors are welcome to visit the center during the week at normal business hours. Check website for more information.
The Flatirons are a unique geological feature that are by far the most famous attraction in Boulder. Accessible through Chautauqua park and visible anywhere in the city, the Flatirons are a completely natural formation that occurred when a glacier pushed the mountains onto their sides, leaving the flattened undersides and layers of sediment visible in a way they usually aren't. The Flatirons take their name from their shape, which resembles three irons set down on the ground. A popular hiking spot, rappelling destination and visual treat in one, the Flatirons must be seen to be believed. Hidden under the cover of white snow or blazing red in the summer heat, Flatirons and its meadows filled with vibrant wildflowers, are a picturesque getaway and ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Featuring a tasting room with excellent beers on tap, the Avery Brewing Company has been producing brews since its inception in 1993. Visit this place to sample some specials straight from the brewery in addition to a dining menu which includes gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, fries, salads and wings. Try out some of their seasonal beers which have garnered acclaim in brew festivals and competitions. Tours around the Avery Brewing Company will give you deeper insight into the manufacturing process for their popular suds.