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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. 


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Grand Hyatt Denver ¥10,693
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. Denver Art Museum and Union Station are also within 15 minutes. 18th - California Station and 18th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Warwick Denver ¥11,762
    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 and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Colorado Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. 20th - Welton Station is 8 minutes by foot and 18th - California Station is 8 minutes.

      Crowne Plaza Denver ¥11,581
      Crowne Plaza Denver

      Crowne Plaza Denver

      1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Civic Center Park are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is only a 5-minute walk and 16th - Stout Station is 7 minutes.

        Hyatt Place Denver Downtown ¥11,725
        Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

        Hyatt Place 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 Denver Center for the Performing Arts are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 6 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.

          Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown ¥10,816
          Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

          Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

          1400 Welton Street, Denver, CO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and 16th Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is only a 4-minute walk and 16th - Stout Station is 6 minutes.

            Hyatt House Denver Downtown ¥11,725
            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 Denver Center for the Performing Arts are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 6 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.

              Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center ¥11,035
              Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

              Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

              650 15th St., Denver, CO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Denver, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. 16th Street Mall and Denver Center for the Performing Arts are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station and 16th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel ¥11,014
                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, Denver Art Museum, and Colorado Convention Center. 16th Street Mall and United States Mint are also within 15 minutes. 16th - California Station is 5 minutes by foot and 16th - Stout Station is 7 minutes.