Denver Art Museum, located at 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway in Denver, Colorado, can be great fun and educational for children of all ages.
The Denver Art Museum was recently redesigned. They added quite a few areas and exhibits, as well as arcitectual interest to the outside of the building. (though I must say I really miss the view of the mountains I used to have from my house strait down 14th. Life is full of small disappointments!)
They have an art search much the same as I used to play ‘travel bingo’ when in the car on road trips. My daughter and I spent a long time and had quite a bit of fun running around trying to locate the pieces of art that we could see on the ‘search’ card. The one we were doing was in the gallery with what we call the ‘cowboy art’, and we found items like buffalo, bow and arrow, horse, mountain, etc… We were happy for about an hour doing this, and I could really look at the art. She had to look at the art to find the items, and I think she must have absorbed something.
There is another room near the overlook where the wolves have taken over a tea party or restaurant. My daughter loved this, as did some boys we met there who were about 4 and 6. It is a little fanciful as the background is all red and the foxes are white, and it leaves a lasting impression that art is not just a bunch of old paintings.
The Museum also has backpacks available for check out – they are free, but to ensure that they get there backpack and supplies back you have to leave your Drivers License with the staff at the check out station. We chose the pack where you make a crocodile box with clues through a section of the museum that we were interested in seeing. That way Alexandra could be busy while we were enjoying the art. There is a pack where you can make cowboy boots, and another where you design an African style hairdo, and more!
We did not get a chance to try the ‘Architectural View Master’, a game in the Architect gallery. Mom likes architecture, so we are definitely going to try that next time.
When the children need a little space to run there is a little room in the center of the museum where there is a projection of bubbles. When the children run or jump on the bubbles they pop. This is great fun, and the kids get to burn off some steam after being so good in the galleries.
If you go on a ‘Free First Saturday’, they have lots of other art supplies available for children, as well as books on art. We were able to sit and color with markers, paint, read ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon” (and a few other titles I have forgotten). As another reward for making it through one of mom’s favorite galleries.
They have a new parking garage for this area (there are other locations of interest near the Art Museum) When we arrived at the Denver Art Museum we had a little difficulty parking, we circled the area a few times looking for free parking, but it was worth all of the trouble.
If you have any questions you can contact the museum at 720-865-5000.
The art museum is free on these first Saturdays in 2009:
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009