It’s probably true that just about every major city has an art museum, but the Denver Art Museum is truly special. It is the largest museum between Chicago and the West Coast and holds an important collection of American Indian Art, as well as more than 70,000 unique pieces which span centuries.
The collection has been housed in many structures over the years, but the current home of these pieces is probably the most striking. A work of art itself, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building was completed in 2006, and this angular geometric building is meant to pay homage to the Rocky Mountains just outside Denver. This building doubled the overall size of the museum which allowed a vast expansion of its collection.
Denver Art Museum is home to 12 permanent collections which include African, American Indian, Architecture Design & Graphics, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, Oceanic, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art. The museum also houses several exhibitions which rotate in and out occasionally.
The Denver Art Museum is open Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Tickets are required for entry, but every first Saturday of the month general admission is free. For more information about the museum, or to purchase tickets, check out their website.