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Denver Art Museum

This eclectic museum is impressive not only for its vast collection of artwork but as an architectural masterpiece.

The Denver Art Museum has had numerous homes since its beginnings as the Denver Artists’ Club in 1893. The current 350,000-square-foot (32,500-square-meter) museum in Denver’s Civic Center, located downtown, is an architectural landmark made up of two distinct buildings. The North Building, opened in 1971, has seven stories and is covered in more than 1 million shimmering grey tiles. It was designed by famous Italian architect Gio Ponti. The Frederic C. Hamilton wing, opened in 2006, connects to the North Building by a bridge. This section was designed to reflect the peaks and rock formations of the surrounding mountains. It was the joint creation of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. Libeskind also designed Berlin’s revered Jewish Museum, among other notable buildings.

There are some 70,000 artworks in the Denver Art Museum, spanning both historic and modern eras and several continents. The museum has a highly regarded permanent collection of American Indian art in the North Building. There are also interesting exhibits of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial collections of paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, ceramics and decorative arts. Check the gallery website for the latest temporary exhibition.

Families are welcome at the gallery and will find plenty to occupy young ones, including craft activities and interactive installations. On weekends and during school breaks, visit the Family Activity Cart near the museum entrance to find out what’s going on.

The museum shop has prints, books, jewelry and handmade trinkets by local artists. There are three on-site dining options. Tea, coffee, pastries, wine and cheese are available at Mad Beans and Wine Café. Mad Greens Inspired Eats serves salads, soups and sandwiches, while leisurely three-course lunches are provided at Palettes Restaurant.

The Denver Art Museum is easily accessible by public transportation or car. Parking is available nearby, and there’s also a shuttle from the 16th Street Mall. 

Get the most out of your time spent at Denver Art Museum. Here is a list of the top activities:

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Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel $87
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

1550 Court Place, Denver, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, United States Mint, and Colorado State Capitol Building. Denver Art Museum and Colorado Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 5 minutes by foot and 16th - Stout Station is 7 minutes.

    Hyatt House Denver Downtown $116
    Hyatt House Denver Downtown

    Hyatt House Denver Downtown

    440 14th St, Denver, CO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center, United States Mint, and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 6 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.

      Grand Hyatt Denver $120
      Grand Hyatt Denver

      Grand Hyatt Denver

      1750 Welton St, Denver, CO
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Denver, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall. Colorado State Capitol Building and United States Mint are also within 15 minutes. 18th - California Station and 18th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hilton Denver City Center $120
        Hilton Denver City Center

        Hilton Denver City Center

        1701 California St, Denver, CO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall. Colorado State Capitol Building and United States Mint are also within 15 minutes. 18th - California Station and 18th - Stout Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Warwick Denver $107
          Warwick Denver

          Warwick Denver

          1776 Grant Street, Denver, CO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Uptown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wells Fargo Center, Colorado State Capitol Building, and Paramount Theater. Molly Brown House Museum and United States Mint are also within 15 minutes. 20th - Welton Station is 8 minutes by foot and 18th - California Station is 8 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown $96
            Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown

            Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown

            1715 Tremont Place, Denver, CO
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this Downtown Denver hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado State Capitol Building, and United States Mint. Colorado Convention Center and Denver Art Museum are also within 10 minutes. 18th - California Station is only a 5-minute walk and 20th - Welton Station is 6 minutes.

              Le Meridien Denver Downtown $134
              Le Meridien Denver Downtown

              Le Meridien Denver Downtown

              1475 California St, Denver, CO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Denver Art Museum and Coors Field are also within 1 mi (2 km). 16th - California Station and 16th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                11th Avenue Hostel $33
                11th Avenue Hostel

                11th Avenue Hostel

                1112 Broadway, Denver, CO
                   
                  1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Golden Triangle, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Denver Art Museum and United States Mint. Coors Field and Elitch Gardens Theme Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). 16th - California Station is 17 minutes by foot and 16th - Stout Station is 19 minutes.