This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Tribes, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits such as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
This is a place where a child's natural urge to experience the world hands-on comes together with art and science projects, building materials and imagination. The museum includes nine interactive Playscapes including the CMD Fire Station #1, My Market, Center for the Young Child, Under My Feet and Over My Head, The Assembly Plant, Making the Team, Arts a la Carte, Around the Block, and Alphabet Soup. There are also several programs, activities and special events held throughout the year. Check the museum's website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
This museum occupies Hangar Number One on Lowry Campus, formerly known as the Lowry Air Force Base. Here, visitors can view 31 aircraft, from a World War II Corsair to the B1A Bomber. The museum also houses extensive exhibits on the history of Lowry Air Force Base, World Wars I and II, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and even the Hubbell Telescope. A display on the science of flight includes a space station simulator.
This library, a post-modern structure full of turrets and odd geometrical shapes, is a bastion of knowledge. Internally, the academic atmosphere of each study area is indicative of individual moods. Six of the ten floors of the library are open to the public. Keeping with the tradition set in 1894, the library still has a world-class children's facility. The library is a regional depository for government publications. It offers extensive genealogical resources as well as historical books, photographs, art, and memorabilia chronicling the American West. The library also offers fiction and non-fiction texts, periodicals and computers allowing free Internet access. Tours are available.
This restored Victorian mansion, once the home of legendary Denver resident Maggie (Molly) Brown now serves as a popular museum that attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year. The museum explores the eccentric life of the 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' a Titanic survivor and eminent figure in the city's Gold Rush heritage. After the tour, browse around the gift shop and check out the selection of t-shirts, books and other memorabilia. There are guided tours available and regular special events and performances also take place.
For an insight into Colorado's rich history, there's no better place to visit than the History Colorado Center in the Golden Triangle area of Denver. Dedicated to preserving the past in order to inform the future, this center features a myriad of exhibits, artifacts, hands-on displays and more. Visitors can hop into the steampunk time machine complete with a virtual countdown clock that will take you to places like Leadville Ice Palace, Tomato Wars of the 1820s and many other historic points in time.
Lapis Gallery has the market on diversity by selling all kinds of art, ranging from sculpture and pottery to works made from stone, glass, metal and wood. It focuses on local artists, but occasionally displays established regional and national artists. The owners here are also skilled craftsmen. They build and sell custom-made furniture which manages to blend function with style. They also do some steel grinding, and sell their own oil-based paint.
Since the early 1900s the Long family has maintained these beautiful gardens where the sweet scent of irises saturate the air. The expertly manicured iris fields make for a relaxing walk on a spring day. For a small fee you can even dig for your own clusters. The Longs will provide the tools. Irises range from mongrels to queens, and the prices start at $5 per cluster.
Specializing in antique prints and antiquarian books along with original art from the 1800s, this quaint gallery has something for every kind of art lover and collector. Peruse through a wide array of botanical extracts, historic photographs and vintage Western movie posters. Artists include John Gould, George Catlin, Thomas Moran and Edward S. Curtis. One of the ongoing exhibits showcases antique prints from 1839 portraying Native American life.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. Masjid Ikhlas is the city's solution to all those who are religious. The mosque provides facilities to Muslims to offer their prayers and also conducts various services pertaining to the Muslim culture. The strategic location of the mosque enables all to offer their prayers in a calm and sanctified environment.
Modern sculpture is the art of combining almost anything not nailed down and creating a work of art. Whether your tastes are eclectic, surrealistic, or specific, you'll have an interesting time tooling around Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery on South Pearl Street. Delve thoughtfully into exhibits that change throughout the year, showcasing the contemporary works of local, national, and international sculptors. Check out the ever-changing indoor exhibits, and then meander around outside contemplating the inspiration and design of the current artist on display.
Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theater is located in the King Academic & Performing Arts Center. And the center itself is based on the campus of Auraria Higher Education Center. The theater is a 350 seater with a rotating seating arrangement, and hosts wonderful plays. When in Denver if you want to have your fill of theatrical performances, come here.