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EXPERIENCE t h e ARTS
Whether your interests are in the
theater, performing arts, visual arts, museums, galleries, photography, or dance,
metro Denver offers all of it–and more. In
fact, Denver metro area cultural organizations employ approximately 7,700 people and, collectively, cultural institutions
are the sixth largest non-governmental
employer in the metro area.
In 1988, voters in metro Denver created
the Scientific Cultural Facilities District
(SCFD) to provide a consistent source of
funding to scientific and cultural organiza-
tions. Since then, SCFD has funded more
than 300 organizations in the seven-coun-
ty metro area via the 0.1 percent retail
sales and use tax (one penny on every
$10). Almost 900,000 out-of-state visitors
defray the cost by spending millions of dol-
lars on tourism, helping SCFD distribute
more than $30 million annually to local
The cultural capital of the Rocky Mountain
region, Denver’s Performing Arts Complex
compares to New York City’s Lincoln
Center–with opera and ballet companies
staging both classical and contemporary
works. Long-standing neighborhood theater
companies showcase local talent in old
favorites and bring new plays to the scene.
As for museums, the Denver Art Museum regularly offers some of the world’s finest permanent and traveling exhibits. See Colorado
artifacts from prehistoric times to the present
are in museums across the region, and experience our history and culture.
Many galleries collaborate monthly to
sponsor prominent artists and local arti-
sans, so make it an evening out with din-
ner downtown before exploring Denver’s
vibrant arts scene. Browse through the fol-
lowing for a sampling of metro Denver’s
thriving arts offerings.
Astor House Museum
822 12th St.
Located in historic downtown Golden, the
Astor House Museum and Clear Creek
History Park offer a look at Colorado life in
the late 1800s. The house was a boarding
house for more than 100 years. The three-acre history park is devoted to hands-on history and includes original 1870s homestead cabins, an 1876 schoolhouse and a
replica of a blacksmith shop.