Arts & Culture in Denver
From world-class museums to hip galleries, if you’re looking to get an art fix, Denver’s got you covered. European classics, bold modern works, spray-painted murals – you’ll find it all. The arts and culture scene in Denver has never been more thriving. Open your mind and prepare to be surprised and inspired.
The Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum holds a collection of more than 70,000 works of art representing a vast array of styles and genres, including American Indian, Asian, European and American, contemporary, photography, and much more. With a full schedule of lectures, curator conversations, and family-friendly activities (kids are always free), the museum invites guests to connect to art in meaningful ways.
Clyfford Still Museum
Explore the life and art of one of America’s best-known Abstract Expressionists at the Clyfford Still Museum. This contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko is known for monumental works rendered in expressive, abstract brushstrokes. Still abandoned the commercial sale of his work early on, so this museum houses an unprecedented 95 percent of his total output.
*images courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
If your taste veers more toward the newest and hippest, you’ll want to head to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where fresh, experimental works from across the street and across the globe are shared, with a focus on innovation and community engagement.
If up-and-coming artists and intimate spaces are more your thing, check out some of Denver’s art galleries. You may just stumble upon the next Picasso. Popular galleries include Counterpath, Pirate, and Robischon.
Think art belongs only in a museum? Open your mind. Denver’s street art is nothing short of amazing, with eclectic murals by the people, for the people dotting the urban landscape. Some are simply gorgeous, others will make you think. As you explore, keep your eyes open to the beauty that surrounds you in the form of vibrant, expressive murals – or consider a self-guided tour to take in the best of the best.