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 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.
William F. Cody, known to the world as “Buffalo Bill,” was buried here on Lookout Mountain above Golden in 1917. He attained fame through his “Wild West” shows which he performed all over the world. The Memorial museum displays articles from the life and times of Buffalo Bill's adventurous life. Souvenirs and snacks are in abundance at the nearby Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop. Views of Golden and downtown Denver from Lookout Mountain are outstanding.
What is now the United States Mint in Denver actually began as a humble company. In 1858, Clark, Gruber and Company started a private mint, making gold coins from the spoils of the Colorado gold rush in order to save on shipping the ore to the east coast. After minting over 500,000 dollars, the US Treasury officially bought the mint in 1863. Today, the mint is a popular tourist destination in Denver, lending insights into the stages and the entire process of currency-making. One of the oldest establishments in Colorado, the mint is touted to be one of the single largest producers of coins in the world. The mint is certainly an iconic repository of American currency, and all currency produced here has the denomination 'D' inscribed on it. Having been considerably mentioned in popular media, the Denver Mint is an indelible historic landmark of the country.
More than 25,000 visitors a year show up to gander at the stars and peek at other planets in this popular planetarium on the University of Colorado campus. The heavens are on display beneath the funky dome most Friday nights during the spring semester, January to May, and are open to the public. Twice a month the planetarium goes psychedelic, performing fancy laser shows to a variety of music, including U2 and Led Zeppelin.
Kirkland Museum Fine & Decorative Art displays an internationally important collection of 20th-Century decorative arts with more than 3,000 examples of Arts & Crafts, Wiener werkstätte, Art Nouveau, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. A retrospective of Colorado's unique and important painter, Vance Kirkland, and the works of over 150 other 20th-Century Colorado artists are also on view.
Sakura Square is a small square at the edge of downtown Denver built around a handful of cherry blossom trees planted there by Japanese ambassadors in the 1950s. Though the trees rarely bloom due to the unpredictable Colorado weather, Sakura Square still maintains relevance as the center of Japanese culture in the Denver area. The square contains a small park with several relevant statues, a shopping center with Japanese market, restaurants, and small museums, and the local Buddhist temple. Sakura Square also hosts the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival every July, and offers classes in Taiko drumming, flower arranging, and more. For a peaceful sit in the park or a brief glimpse into Japanese culture, Sakura Square is a lovely place to visit. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
In the 1940s during World War II, many Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living in the United States were forced into internment camps for the supposed safety of the American people, a dark moment in history that few protested at the time. One of the few was Denver mayor Ralph L. Carr, who not only publicly stood against discrimination of the Japanese during the war but was the only American politician to publicly apologized for the internment, which he did in 1942. The apology cost him a potential Senate appointment, but the Japanese community in Denver never forgot his actions. When Sakura Square opened, one of the first statues put up in the garden was a bust of Mayor Carr. The inscription and care given to the statue to this day show how much the words of one man can be remembered by the entire community. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
On your way to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, it is impossible to miss the 60-foot tall statue of two elongated, featureless figures that marks the location. The statue, called Dancers, was created by Jonathan Borofsky in 2003 specifically for the DCPA and response to the figures has been mixed, even more so than the infamous airport Mustang. Dancers is extremely minimalist and stark, while also reflecting one of the purposes of the DCPA's construction, and at the very least the statue makes it easy to find where you need to go. Dancers is loveliest at night when the lights from the DCPA make it stand out in the darkness. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Even before entering the Denver Art Museum, visitors encounter unique works of art. From the design of the Art and Culture center square to the buildings themselves, the art museum lives up to its name in full. On a smaller scale, waiting just outside the entrance visitors can view The Big Sweep, a modern art statue by Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg. The Big Sweep is exactly what it sounds like; a big (35-foot tall) metal statue of a colorful broom sweeping rubbish into a blue dustpan. Simple but confusing and thought-provoking, the Big Sweep gives visitors a taste of what is yet to come when they enter the museum. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh