This Year, Take Advantage of Free Days at Denver Museums


Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson

A recent survey by the National Endowment of the Arts found Colorado ranks #1 in the country in trips to theaters, concert halls, and museums. In recent years, the Denver art scene has seen new burst of energy, drawing big name exhibits, launching an exploding gallery scene, and most recently, landing a huge new permanent installation by the inspiring artist collective Meow Wolf. And with regular free days at the city’s local museums, there is no reason not to check it all out.

Denver’s museums and cultural institutions offer over 1,000 free days each year when community members can visit without charge. These days are funded in part by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a special tax district in the Denver metro area supporting the community’s art, culture, and science organizations.

Many of the smaller local museums offer free entrance on a regular basis, like the Hudson Gardens, Aurora History Museum, Arvada Center Galleries, Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, and the Museum of Outdoor Arts.

You will most likely still need to pay for access to any special shows you are interested in seeing, as the free days typically only cover permanent exhibits. Be prepared to wait in line because these days can be some of the busiest of the year, but don’t let that scare you away--it is well worth it.

2018 Free Days

Children’s Museum

February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th

Clyfford Still Museum

Free every Friday from 5:00-8:00

Denver Art Museum

February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1

Denver Botanic Gardens

February 19th, March 22nd, April 8th, June 5th, July 19, August 29, November 3rd

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms

February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, November 6th

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

January 28th, February 12th, April 9th and 29th, June 3rd, July 5th, August 13th, September 12th and 30th, October 14th, November 3rd, December 9th

Denver Zoo

February 4th and 5th, November 9th and 12th

Cover photo: Denver Botanic Gardens. PC: Virginia Santy

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