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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:

Why not think about trying out an Urban Adventure Quest - Denver or a Denver Mountain Parks & City Tour Combo?

Examine our Denver things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.


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Hyatt Place Denver Downtown ¥10,342
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 Buell Theatre 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 ¥12,165
    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 Buell Theatre are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station and 16th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown ¥8,453
      Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

      Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

      1150 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cheesman Park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ogden Theater and Fillmore Auditorium. Denver Art Museum and United States Mint are also within 1 mi (2 km). 25th - Welton Station is 21 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 22 minutes.

        The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel ¥11,748
        The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

        The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

        1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Denver, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and 16th Street Mall. Union Station and Denver Art Museum are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and 16th - Stout Station is 6 minutes.

          Hyatt House Denver Downtown ¥11,290
          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 Buell Theatre are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 6 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.

            Crowne Plaza Denver ¥11,049
            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.

              Grand Hyatt Denver ¥13,282
              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.

                Hilton Denver City Center ¥17,679
                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. Coors Field and Union Station are also within 15 minutes. 18th - California Station and 18th - Stout Station are within a 2-minute walk.