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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
American Museum of Western Art
American Museum of Western Art

(303) 293-2000

1727 Tremont Pl
Denver, CO 80202   Directions Website

The American Museum of Western Art—The Anschutz Collection is a must-see local art museum in Denver that boasts more than just cowboys and landscapes on display. With three floors of galleries, it offers a diverse range of styles and subject matter, from the historical to the contemporary.

Returning to the American West, let Western art guide you in discovering which of the 300 paintings resonates most with you. One of the museum's objectives is to educate and communicate the cross-section of art and history within Western American history from the early 19th century to the present.

Children's Museum of Denver
Children's Museum of Denver

(303) 433-7444

2121 Children's Museum Dr
Denver, CO 80211   Directions Website

The Children's Museum of Denver offers kids a unique and exciting experience that combines learning and fun in one place. With interactive exhibits and activities covering various subjects, including language, math, and the arts, kids can enjoy a hands-on approach to education. Some highlights include dressing up as a firefighter to learn about fire safety or pretending to be a vet or grocery clerk to encourage social interaction with other kids.

The Museum's mission is to provide a space for future leaders, innovators, and adventurers to explore, create, and learn at their own pace. Although the exhibits are designed for children aged from newborn to eight years old, everyone can have a great time at the Museum. The exhibits are interactive, one-of-a-kind, and cater to different interests and learning styles.

Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado Railroad Museum

(303) 279-4591

17155 W 44th Ave
Golden, CO 80403   Directions Website

Train enthusiasts should stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum, where they can experience riding on a train and enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of railroading from a toddler's perspective. Remember to wave at the engineer and snap pictures to capture the memories.

The Museum offers multi-generational fun for grandparents, parents, and kids alike, with many exciting activities. One of the highlights is touring the outdoor railyard, where you can explore dozens of historic locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars from the 1880s to the 1980s. You can also step aboard several artifacts, including a Railway Post Office, an 1880s Caboose, and a Kitchen Car that once served meals to hard-working railroad crews stationed in remote locations.

Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum

(720) 865-5000

100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204   Directions Website

The Denver Art Museum is an art lover's paradise with over 68,000 pieces of art from across the globe. Visitors can explore various art attractions ranging from architecture, design, and graphics to modern and contemporary art, painting, sculpture, photography, native arts, textile arts, and more. The museum boasts an impressive collection of works by artists such as Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney.

The museum's collections represent cultures worldwide, featuring more than 70,000 works of art divided into 12 collections. These collections include African art, architecture and design, art of the ancient Americas, Asian art, European and American art before 1900, Latin American art, Oceanic art, modern and contemporary art, photography, textile art and fashion, Indigenous arts of North America, and western American art. The museum's global collections also reflect the work of artists from Denver and the Rocky Mountain region, providing opportunities for the community to learn about the world.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

(303) 322-1053

830 Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80215   Directions Website

Check out the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys to explore an impressive collection of unique and classic toys. The exhibits showcase a wide range of antique dolls, miniature houses, trains, planes, cars, giant teddy bears, foreign toys, and much more, giving visitors an insight into the cultural significance of toys and their evolution over the years.

The Museum staff uses the collection of over 20,000 objects to stage four significant exhibit changes each year, ranging from vintage Star Wars toys to artisan dollhouses and from exquisite antique dolls to well-loved toy soldiers. The objects collected from generations of Coloradans serve as an excellent stepping stone into art and history, and many items, like the Japanese Friendship Doll Miss Yokohama, make history more accessible and open the door to a new experience.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

(303) 370-6000

2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205   Directions Website

Take a closer look at the natural history of Denver and the world at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It's the largest natural history museum in the US, covering various fields such as anthropology, geology, health science, paleontology, space science, and zoology.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is not just a place for visitors; it's a place created by the community for the community. Your curiosity, creativity, and feedback have helped shape this Museum into what it is today. When you visit, you'll discover a world of wonder that will take your hand and lead you on a journey of exploration. The Institute for Science & Policy is another initiative by the Museum that aims to foster dialogue and work towards solutions for our society's most significant challenges. They hope to make a real difference with scientific thinking, empathy, and inclusivity.

Forney Museum of Transportation
Forney Museum of Transportation

(303) 297-1113

4303 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216   Directions Website

Planes, trains, and automobiles are displayed at the Forney Museum of Transportation. With over 500 exhibits showcasing various antique cars, carriages, railcars, cabooses, fire engines, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and Denver's only cable car, visitors will find something interesting.

The Forney Museum of Transportation boasts a unique collection of over 800 artifacts related to historical transportation. It all began 67 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel but quickly expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today, the museum features vehicles, buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, vintage apparel, and more.

MCA Denver
MCA Denver

(303) 298-7554

1485 Delgany St
Denver, CO 80202   Directions Website

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver was established in 1996, initially housed in a renovated fish market. However, it moved to its current spacious facility on Delgany Street in 2007. The building was designed to promote creative experimentation with art and ideas by minimizing the boundaries between the city outside and the galleries inside. The exhibit spaces feature hidden skylights that allow natural light, while the museum's windows provide a glimpse of Denver's streetscape.

Visitors to the museum can explore a diverse range of regional, national, and international art exhibitions that rotate in and out of the museum. These exhibitions usually stay for two to four months, as no permanent collection exists. The museum also hosts numerous events throughout the year, including a summer rooftop concert series on Thursday evenings. Visitors can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a glass of wine at the museum's cafe and bar and shop for unique items from around the world in the compact museum shop.

Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House Museum

(303) 832-4092

1340 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203   Directions Website

The Molly Brown House Museum is a must-visit for those who want to learn more about the life of one of America's most famous socialites. Molly Brown was an American socialite, philanthropist, and activist who became well-known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Her story has been immortalized in Broadway plays and movies, and the Molly Brown House is one of the most popular attractions in Denver.

However, Margaret Brown's life was much more than surviving the Titanic. During the tour of her home with knowledgeable guides, you can hear her incredible story and learn about her family and their integral roles in her life, especially her husband, J.J. Brown. Margaret Brown was not just a survivor but also a mother, wife, philanthropist, suffragist, and actress. Her story is much bigger than anything you have seen in the movies.

Wings Over the Rockies | Air & Space Museum
Wings Over the Rockies | Air & Space Museum

(303) 360-5360

7711 E Academy Blvd
Denver, CO 80230   Directions Website

The Wings Over the Rockies exhibits allow you to explore and transport yourself to a different time and place. You can get up close and personal with historic aircraft, artifacts, and memorabilia and immerse yourself in the future of aviation and space through realistic flight simulators and events.

Wings Over the Rockies is more than just a museum. It's a community organization that strives to unlock visitors' dreams of flight. With exhibitions, events, and educational programming at two locations, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and Exploration of Flight, the organization welcomes approximately 160,000 visitors from across the United States and around the world every year.

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