San Francisco and New York come to mind when big-time culture cities having top museums are discussed. Denver never comes to mind but if you desire to explore an architecturally stunning building exhibiting modern art and American West history then head to Denver Art Museum.
In Denver, there is a boom in the art scene just like many other things. Denver museum landscape will not just surprise but even impress you.
MCA of Museum of Contemporary Art
Architect David Adjaye designed the boxy structure in lower downtown spreading across 27,000 square feet. Hidden skylights provide natural sunlight inside the interior space and there are large windows that look on the streets.
MCA Denver is totally committed to exhibiting contemporary art. There is no permanent exhibition but gets rotated 3 to 4 times a year. Artists like Damien Hirst, Tatiana Blass, David Altmejd, Dana Schutz, Lorraine O’Grady, and many more have exhibited their artwork at MCA Denver.
Clyfford Still Museum
Still was a modern artist popular as an Abstract Expressionist. In the museum, visitors are guided chronologically through 3,200 pieces starting from his 1920’s small landscape painting and sketches. This further culminates into monumental canvas colorful painting from the 1950s. An insight into how an artist evolves over time can be felt as you walk across the hall.
Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
This museum is in Eastern Denver and is dedicated solely to aviation & space travel history. The exhibition space in the airplane hangar is 182,000 square feet. You can see the collection ranging from space vehicles and iconic aircraft to military uniforms, small artifacts, and more. Kids can enjoy the interaction with flight simulators, which allow them to pilot different aircraft.
Forney Museum of Transportation
The museum is in the neighborhood of RiNo, where you will look at a collection of more than 600 buggies, airplanes, motorcycles, bicycles, steam locomotives, fire trucks, and cars. The most interesting ones are an 1817s bicycle, 1888s Denver cable car, 500-pieces matchbox collection, and a giant locomotive.
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum is the largest gallery in the city popular for its themed exhibits. It is spread across many buildings and there are permanent collections like the intriguing sculptures and large format paintings belonging to Native American Art.
Molly Brown Museum
In 1894, this 14-room Victorian mansion reveals the notable architectural style. Rooms are still decorated in the same way as in the time Molly lived. She was the survivor of the 1912s Titanic disaster.