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Culture and Art in Downtown Denver

If you think that your Denver movers will only be able to point you in the direction of the best slopes and clubs in the city, you are probably wrong! There are a huge culture and art scene here; bigger than most cities, and far more significant than what most people expect. From museums to art galleries to an entire art district, this is a place that truly has it all. Once you are here a while, you will even find that there are art festivals and art weeks scattered throughout the year as well.


Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
Located just a few blocks from the heart of the downtown area, there is an art district that you will find yourself naturally drawn to over-and-over, even if you don’t consider yourself a huge art enthusiast. More than 60 galleries, shops, and restaurants are in this unique area, and this is the place to be on the first Friday of every month for the First Friday Art Walk.

There is a diverse mix of art to be found here, including ceramics, fashion, painting, photography, performing arts, sculpture, textiles, winery and a whole lot more.

Denver Art Museum
There is a little something for everyone here at the Denver Art Museum. The permanent collections are made up of African, American, India, Asian, European, Modern, and Contemporary, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Textile and Western American art as well as architecture, design and graphics, photography and conservation.

There are always new exhibits rotating through these doors, and they are all top-notch. The museum makes sure to include an array of art forms, so you may see Mexican colonial ceramics in one exhibit and Japanese woven bamboo in another.

You will also find that the museum hosts a number of classes and programs for kids, adults and families.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Public educational programs and rotating exhibits are to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. The museum welcomes regional, national and international artists, and it hosts a generous schedule of adult and youth programs. This is a popular place for teens who are aspiring artists to be introduced to cutting edge pieces. There is even a nice café and shop inside to enjoy.

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
This venue is filled with art, objects and furnishings by Vance Kirkland, who you will see was far ahead of his time. This place has been called “Denver’s Most Interesting Museum” by the Denver Post, and as you browse around, you will quickly see why.

In addition to the Vance Kirkland collection, there are a few others permanent collections as well. The International Decorative Art one showcases work from more than 60 architects while the Colorado and Regional Art section has at least 700 works by around 170 different artists at any given time.

Of course, one of the main reasons your Denver movers will likely recommend this place is because it doesn’t actually feel like a museum. The atmosphere is unusual but in a good way! There is an obvious “salon style” layout that is welcoming and comfortable. When you walk into the Art Deco section, you feel as though you are in a friend’s home. This museum is definitely a must-see!

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