Museums in Denver
25+ Denver Museums
Denver has some great museums, and if you’re looking for something interesting to do, they’re a great option (that we sometimes forget about!).
The Denver Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Rocky Mountains region, and it’s well worth a visit. And, if you’re with kids, the Children’s Museum of Denver is a ton of fun (and educational!).
So, you’ve come to the right place as we’ll introduce you to three top choices. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (you’ll get the reference in a minute!). You’ve also got a comprehensive guide to Denver museums with website links at your fingertips.
A Few Denver Museums to Start
Denver Botanic Gardens
What better way to spend a day in the sun than strolling through 24 acres of luscious gardens? The Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street provide a day out for all ages. You’ll be surrounded by the unmatched beauty of Colorado nature, and weird and wonderful plants from all over the world.
The Botanic Gardens prioritize cultivating a love for flora and fauna in each of their visitors through education and art. Among the huge amount to see and do here are nine international gardens including Japanese and Steppe Gardens. They’re ornamental gardens to give you some inspiration for your own green space, and fresh, shady gardens for when you need a few minutes out of the sun.
Little ones will be more than occupied by the Science Pyramid for learning biology basics, and the Children’s Garden specially designed for playtime.
The Botanic Gardens at York Street are open every day of the week from 9 am – 4 pm, and there are guided tours available daily. Tickets to the Denver Botanic Gardens must be purchased online before your visit, as they’re not available on site.
Admission is free for garden members and children aged 2 and below. Standard adult tickets are $15, tickets for seniors (65+) and those with a valid military ID are $11.50, and finally, children aged 3-15 and students can purchase tickets for $11.
Molly Brown House Museum
You may know her as the philanthropic Titanic survivor, portrayed in the hit movie by actress Kathy Bates. But Margaret Tobin Brown (Molly Brown) was a lot more. Her classic home at the Molly Brown House Museum has been preserved by Denver citizens to showcase her eventful story. And, it’s a true story that’s stranger than fiction.
The ‘House of Lions’ showcases not only Molly’s belongings that she acquired on numerous travels across the globe, but also the stories of various people who’ve lived in her home. In her own words, Molly Brown was “a daughter of adventure.” Today the Molly Brown House Museum stands as a monument to and for those with a penchant for grabbing life by the reigns.
The Hero of the Titanic
Across three floors and 16 rooms, you’ll be transported through time with historical artworks, furniture, clothing, and books. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver is the Titanic exhibit. It’s running from April 1 – September 25, 2022, celebrating 110 years since Molly became ‘The Hero of the Titanic’.
Due to the tight quarters in the House Museum, a maximum number of 12 guests are allowed entry at one time. Tickets are available to purchase in advance through the museum website. While there are a limited number of tickets available at the door, they often sell out quickly.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm with the last entry at 3:40 pm each day. If you’re a resident of Colorado, general admission (ages 19-64) is $14, and junior admission (ages 6-18) is $10. Seniors (65+), military personnel, teachers, and students with valid ID can take advantage of a reduced $12 admission. Children aged 5 and under are free.
Wings Over the Rockies – Denver Air & Space Museum
With a huge range of aircraft and rocketry exhibits the Denver Air & Space Museum is the perfect place for those with their eyes on the skies and beyond. On the site of the old Lowry Air Force Base, Wings over the Rockies opened in 1994. Now, it offers visitors the chance to walk in the footsteps of famed American airmen.
Notable exhibits include the 50 aircraft on display, a Star Wars X-wing signed by Harrison Ford and moon rocks gathered by astronauts on the Apollo shuttles. There are also the Dream Chaser rocket developed in Colorado and the chance to test out your skills in flight simulators used by real pilots.
With a focus on education and inspiration, the Denver Air and Space Museum offers a huge range of activities and summer camps. They’ll put stars in the eyes of the next generation of aviation experts and space explorers.
The Air and Space Museum in Denver is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. Tickets are available both online and on-site, but there are only a limited number of walk-in tickets available so make sure you arrive early to snap them up in good time.
General admission is available to those aged 17-64 and costs $18.95. Admission for those 65+, active military personnel, veterans, and emergency services with a valid ID are discounted to $14.95. Youth (ages 4-16) tickets cost $11.95, and children aged 3 and under are admitted for free.
Museums in Denver, CO
|Black American West Museum & Heritage Center||3091 California St||https://www.bawmhc.org/|
|Byers-Evans House||1310 Bannock St||https://www.historycolorado.org/center-colorado-womens-history|
|Children's Museum of Denver||2121 Children's Museum Drive||https://www.mychildsmuseum.org/|
|Clyfford Still Museum||1250 Bannock St||https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/|
|Colorado Sports Hall Of Fame||1701 Bryant St||https://www.coloradosports.org|
|Denver Art Museum||802 W 4Th Ave||https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en|
|Denver Botanic Gardens||1007 York Street||https://www.botanicgardens.org/|
|Denver Firefighters Museum||1326 Tremont Pl||https://denverfirefightersmuseum.org|
|Denver Museum Of Miniatures Dolls & Toys||1880 Gaylord St||https://www.dmmdt.org|
|Denver Museum Of Nature And Science||2001 N Colorado Blvd||http://www.bigmoviezone.com/txshows/theaters/index.html|
|Dikeou Collection||1615 California Street||https://dikeoucollection.org|
|Du Museum Of Anthropology||2000 W Asbury Ave||https://liberalarts.du.edu/anthropology-museum|
|Forney Transportation Museum||4303 Brighton Blvd||http://www.forneymuseum.org|
|History Colorado Center||1200 N Broadway||https://www.historycolorado.org|
|Kirkland Museum||1311 N Pearl St||https://www.kirklandmuseum.org|
|MCA Denver (Museum of Contemporary Art||1485 Delgany St||https://mcadenver.org/|
|Meow Wolf Denver | Convergence Station||1338 1St St||https://meowwolf.com/visit/denver|
|Mizel Museum||400 S Kearney||https://mizelmuseum.org|
|Molly Brown House Museum||1340 N Pennsylvania St||https://mollybrown.org|
|Money Museum||1020 16Th St||https://www.kansascityfed.org/about-us/contact-us|
|Museo De Las Americas||861 Santa Fe Dr||https://museo.org|
|National Ballpark Museum||1940 Blake St Ste 101||https://ballparkmuseum.com|
|Neusteter's Museum Store||1200 N Broadway||https://www.historycolorado.org/history-colorado-center|
|Rimrocker Historical Society||411 W 2Nd Ave||https://www.rimrocker.org|
|Stiles African American Ctr||2607 Glenarm Pl||http://www.stilesheritagecenter.org|
|Victoria H Myhren Gallery||2121 E Asbury Ave||http://vicki-myhren-gallery.du.edu|
|Wings Over The Rockies Air And Space Museum||7711 E Academy Blvd||https://wingsmuseum.org|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Denver may not boast as many museums as some other US locations. However, it offers premier museum experiences. Some of the most beloved venues in the area include Wings Over the Rocks, MCA Denver (the Museum of Contemporary Art), Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Children’s Museum of Denver.
Yes. Wings Over the Rockies is an Air and Space Museum with military and civilian exhibits. It’s located on Lowry Air Force Base and attracts visitors of all ages with exciting displays and attractions like a 3/4 scale replica of the Lucasfilm X-Wing Starfighter, the MaxFlight flight simulator, a Cold War exhibit, and a vast array of aircraft. Wings Over the Rockies has been recognized as one of the best aviation museums by CNN Travel and USA Today.
Yes. The Children’s Museum of Denver is in downtown Denver. Permanent exhibits and interactive displays include Fire Station No. 1 with a 911 call center and a retired fire truck. Kinetics! is an introduction to physics, The Teaching Kitchen focuses on preparing healthy food, and The Art Studio puts the paintbrush, clay, and other tools in the hands of young creators.