A Guide To Denver Museums

There are so many museums in the Denver metropolitan area that it’s sometimes difficult to choose which one to visit. Each is interesting and special, and worth exploring regardless of the focus; from firefighters to art and transportation, there are a lot of options. Here are a few highlights of the best museums in town based on their subject.
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Best Overall Museum:

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, Colo. 80205
(303) 370-6366
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has something for everyone. Whether your interests are in fossils and dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, or into infinity and beyond, the 500,000-square-foot museum has you covered. Temporary exhibitions throughout the year also call the museum home. When you throw in trips to the planetarium and IMAX theater, it’s difficult to pick a better museum in town, especially for families.

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Best Art Museum:

The Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colo. 80204
(720) 865-5035
The Denver Art Museum is easily the best art museum in Denver, particularly after the opening of the 2006 Frederic C. Hamilton expansion by famed architect Daniel Libeskind. The 356,000-square-foot museum houses a superior collection of American Indian, Western American, modern and contemporary art. It’s easy to spend a day wandering the museum’s halls appreciating some of the finest art in Denver — a strong art community thanks to the many museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kirkland, and the Clyfford Still Museum (opening in the fall of 2011).

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Best Historical Museum:

The Molly Brown House

1340 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, Colo. 80203
The Molly Brown House is tops of a heap of great historical museums in Denver, at least until the new Colorado History Museum opens in early 2012. The story of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, thanks in part to the success of the Titanic movie, is something everyone knows, so an immediate familiarity to the museum is already present. And because it’s centrally located in downtown Denver, several other historical opportunities — like the state capitol, Byers-Evans House, or the Black American West Museum — are also immediately available.

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Best Other Museum:

The Forney Museum of Transportation

4303 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, Colo. 80216
(303) 297-1113
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a great example of the many unique and interesting museums that Denver has to offer. The Forney houses a jaw-droppingly huge collection of antique automobiles, historic bicycles and motorcycles, as well as trains, tractors, and carriages. It is without a doubt an impressive collection amongst a throng of impressive Denver museums; Buffalo Bill’s grave, the Colorado Railroad Museum, Wings Over the Rockies, and the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are just a few of the others that prove that the Denver area definitely has a museum for everyone.

Jason Hussong is an Assignment Editor at CBS4. He has traveled to all seven continents, most of the states, and almost all of the counties in Colorado; he writes about his travels at www.jasons-travels.com.

  • CW

    Great list of museums!
    By far and away, the Forney Museum of Transportation deserve a visit.
    It is probably one of the most unique the City of Denver has to offer, yet is often overlooked by the media, the city & the public.
    Kudos to Channel 4 for bringing this little known gem to the public!

  • D V Barth

    The Forney Museum is a great museum to visit. It has trains, cars, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles, sleighs, trolleys, and other transportation items. Taking pictures is allowed and there are two cars that visitors can sit in. On the first or second Saturday of each month the N-Gauge railway exhibit is open. It is s replica of the trackage from Denver’s Union Station to the Moffat Tunnel. You can call the museum for details. Three event areas are available for rental – a spacious meeting room, a trolley car (holds about 25), and the center space in the Museum for larger groups. High school events, weddings, business meetings, and many other gatherings have been held at the Forney.

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