What is it? This architectural landmark in the Golden Triangle Creative District —look for the geometric spaceship-like design masterminded by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind—houses 70,000 artworks across 10 permanent collections, and is perhaps the most recognized of the city’s cultural institutions.
Why go: You’ll never (ever) run out of provocative artwork to ogle at the 135-year-old museum. Musical rocking chair installation? Check. African wooden masks? Check. And fashion die-hards: Don’t miss the Dior exhibit.
As the hub of a state rife with fun things to do, restaurants, natural beauty, Wild West lore, cultural pride and booming technology, Denver lies at a crossroads of historic preservation, inspired creativity and innovation—and its museums reflect the pulse of the region.
Landmarks like the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science anchor to-do lists for locals and tourists alike, while more niche institutions like the Molly Brown House and Wings Over the Rockies serve as pillars of Colorado’s vibrant identity. Check out the best of the best at these 10 must-see museums.