By Steven Bonifazi
(DENVER, Colo.) Whether it is the natural history of Colorado and the universe, the perfect photo opportunity, baseball memorabilia or world-renowned art, the Mile High City's museums have everything to satisfy all types of museumgoers.
The following is a list of four museums worth visiting in Denver:
Opened to the public on July 1, 1908, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been a catalyst for igniting Denverite's passion for nature and science.
The museum is a municipal natural history and science museum and is a resource for easygoing science education. The museum offers visitors a variety of exhibitions, programs and activities to provide education regarding the natural history of the Centennial State, Mother Earth and the universe.
The museum often offers various events, including the upcoming "Skeptics' Guide to the Universe", a live discussion with the hosts of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast on Nov. 18 at 7:45 p.m. to challenge the perception of reality. The museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tickets range from free for children ages under two, $13.95 for youth ages three through 18, $18.95 for adults and $15.95 for seniors ages 65 and up.
As the first and only Instagram pop-up museum in the Mile High City, the Denver Selfie Museum has everything for a selfie adventure and photo opportunity you have never experienced.
Technically, the museum is not a museum, and more so a photography studio where people can take pictures and videos using professional settings and lights. It offers everything from selfie spots to art galleries, Instagram walls and more.
Small dogs up to 25 pounds or up to 25 inches tall are allowed and large groups have the option to rent out the entire museum outside for a flat rate of $500 per hour Monday through Thursday and $600 Friday through Sunday. Normal museum tickets range in price based on age, being free from ages 0 through 3, $22 for ages 4 through 12, $27 for adults on the weekdays and $32 for weekends.
The hours of operation for the Denver Selfie Museum are Mondays through Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Founded in 1893 as the Denver Artists' Club, The Denver Art Museum, also known as DAM is one of the biggest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. The museum is widely recognized for its vast collections of over 70,000 historic various works from across the globe such as its collection of American Indian art.
The museum underwent a notable renovation and expansion in 2016 due to multiple years of increased attendance growth, consisting of a complete renovation on the 50-year-old Ponti-designed building and a new 210,000 square foot Anna and John J. She Welcome Center that houses guest services, two dining options and a brand new collection gallery space for the museum's Architecture and Design collection as well as Western American art.
Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the museum's exhibitions vary throughout the year with a few running now, such as "Each/Other" open through Aug. 22 showcasing the work of Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists focused on collaborative art-making.
The museum additionally offers programs for children and adults that engage visitors with art and aid them in exploring creativity, such as monthly drop-in programs and recurring lectures and discussions with curators and museum professionals or games and activities for kids and families such as at-home art-making videos.
Prices for museum admission vary, as Colorado residents can receive discounted prices. Colorado residents that are adults can purchase tickets for $10.00, while college students and seniors ages 65 and up that are Colorado residents can buy tickets for $8. There is no costs for residents and non-residents that are ages zero through 18, however, non-resident adults can buy a ticket for $13.00 and non-resident seniors and college students can purchase entry for $10.00.
Calling all baseball and history lovers! If you're not looking to learn about the history of science or art, the National Ballpark Museum is for you!
Formerly B's Ballpark Museum, the museum's collection has been recognized by Smithsonian Books as one of the top 21 finest private baseball collections across the globe. The museum's collection began being displayed by founder and president Bruce "B" Hellerstein in his basement and was secured at its location on Blake St. with its new name, The National Ball Park Museum in 2010.
The museum prides itself on being the only museum dedicated to the older, classic ballparks, including Polo Grounds, Sportsman's Park, Shibe Park, Forbes Field, League Park, Comiskey Park, Griffith Stadium, Crosley Field, Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, Ebbets Field, Wrigley Field, Braves Field and Old Yankee Stadium.
The museum's collection features monumental historical baseball artifacts, from a section of the Green Monster from Fenway Park, a section of the scoreboard from Wrigley Field and even a Rosin bag from the last game played at Crosley Field on June 24, 1970.
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed Sunday through Monday.
Prices for the museum are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 65 and up and free for children ages 16 and under and active military.