African, American Indian, Asian, European
and American, modern and contemporary,
pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish
Colonial, textile, and western American
art. Founded in 1893, the museum had a
number of temporary homes before
locating at its current site in 1949. The
museum opened a stunning new addition
in 2006, when it nearly doubled in size
with the Frederic C. Hamilton Building
designed by Daniel Libeskind and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. The
entire museum complex now totals more
than 350,000 square feet and is an
architectural landmark for the city.
Denver Museum of Miniatures,
Dolls and Toys
1880 Gaylord St.
Founded in 1981, this museum features a
collection of miniatures, dolls and toys
from around the world that range from the
16th century to modern times. The
museum is housed in the 1899 Pearce
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of
Nature & Science hosts more than 1. 7
million visitors each year. The museums
displays 775,000 objects in its
permanent exhibits, which include
dinosaur fossils and prehistoric objects,
Egyptian mummies and artifacts, a visitor
center to the universe, hundreds of gems
and minerals from around the world,
health science exhibits, North American
Indian artifacts and reconstructed
dwellings, and more than 90 wildlife
habitat scenes from across the globe.
Other highlights are a variety of travelling
exhibits, a planetarium, an IMAX®
theater, a library, scientific lectures,
demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Foothills Art Center
809 15th St.
Located in historic downtown Golden,
Foothills Art Center leads the community
through art, education, and cultural
excellence. Foothills Art Center delivers
engaging exhibitions and diverse
educational programs for adults and
children. Founded in 1968 and an
official member of the United States
National Registry of Historic Buildings,
the main gallery is housed in an 1872
Gothic-style church and an 1892 Queen
Anne–style manse, set behind a sculpture
garden designed by Saarinen Landscape
Architecture. The Foothills Art Center
Community Gallery is located next door,
in Victorian era mansion built in 1899 by
Perre O. Unger.
Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd.
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a
one-of-a-kind collection of over 600
artifacts relating to historical transportation.
Unique objects in its collection includes
Amelia Earhart’s “Gold Bug” Kissel, Prince
Aly Khan’s Rolls Royce, and “Big Boy,” the
world’s largest steam locomotive. Displays
of antique cars, locomotives, buggies,
carriages, wagons, trolleys and
motorcycles round out the museum.
The Geology Museum at the
Colorado School of Mines
Corner of 13th and Maple Street
Got rocks? This museum is home to one of
the state’s two Goodwill moon
rocks collected during the Apollo 17
mission. Started in 1874, the museum
displays mineral, fossil, gemstone,
meteorite and historic mining artifact
exhibits. Visitors can tour a reconstructed
underground gold mine.
Golden History Center
923 10th St.
The Golden History Center (formerly
known as the Golden Pioneer Museum)
was founded in 1938 and houses
artifacts from nearby archeological sites
and pioneer days with emphasis on the
years 1859 – 1930. Learn the history of
Golden through exhibits, a photo gallery,
and community events.
History Colorado Center
History Colorado—formerly the Colorado
Historical Society—has worked for more
than 130 years to preserve and protect
Colorado’s history. The organization
Exterior of Denver Art Museum. Photo by Jeff Wells, courtesy of VISIT DENVER