While there’s a plethora of extraordinary art gracing the walls inside museums and galleries throughout Denver, the outdoor art scene is just as special. Whether it be Blucifer (the work of artist Luis Jiménez) that welcomes you to our city out at DIA or the Western Diamondback snake in the middle of downtown (16th Street Mall), Denver is full of unique and amazing works of art that don’t have a roof over their head. Here are five of the best places in the Mile High City to see some incredible outdoor art.
Museum Of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Pkwy. Suite 230
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 806-0444
www.moaonline.org

The Museum Of Outdoor Arts is not necessarily in one location. In fact, pieces of their collection are spread throughout Denver, Englewood, and Greenwood Village. Their collection consists of over 150 different works of various sizes, shapes and styles. Click here for more information on tours, where the pieces are located, and the easiest ways to see their entire collection.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3501
www.botanicgardens.org

The Denver Botanic Gardens has always been a place where you can find some of the best outdoor art in Denver, and the best part is, their collection is always changing. Currently, they have sculptures from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, as well as multiple food-oriented galleries showcasing edible plant life, as well as some works by Viviane Le Courtois’ investigating the complex issues surrounding eating and growing food. For more information on tickets, admission information, current and upcoming exhibits, and the Denver Botanical Garden’s summer concert calendar, click here. 

Denver Performing Arts Complex/ Denver Convention Center
1400 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-4220
www.artscomplex.com

Known for the art that’s performed inside the various theaters and halls that make up the area, the Performing Arts Complex/ Convention Center actually has a pretty outstanding outdoor art collection. Whether it be the “I see what you mean” sculpture (the 40 foot tall Blue Bear peeking inside the building off of 14th St.), or the 60-foot tall couple dancing on the lawn in front of the complex, there’s tons of outdoor art to be seen here.

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Art Walk Down Santa Fe
10th Ave. and Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
www.artdistrictonsantafe.com

On the first Friday of every month, galleries, restaurants and other establishments around the 10th Ave. and Santa Fe area open their doors and display their art on the street for people to see. The event begins around 6 p.m. and ends around 9 p.m., which makes it the perfect place to spend an evening checking out some of the art one of Denver’s most popular districts has to offer. For more information about the galleries and restaurants that participate, as well as information on guided tours, shuttles and other questions, click here. 

Civic Center Park
101 W. 14th Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
www.denvergov.org
www.civiccenterconservancy.org

Civic Center Park is not typically known for its outdoor art, however, the whole park in and of itself is somewhat of a masterpiece. When the flower beds bloom, it turns into one of the most beautiful places in the city. Not only that, but there are various sculptures throughout the park celebrating the “Old West,” as well as a small, amphitheater type area that’s great for picnics. Plus, you’re right next to the Denver Art Museum, which is also home to some excellent outdoor art as well.

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