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Denver Museums

Museums in Denver

Denver is located east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is on an elevation one mile (1600 meters) above sea level. During the 1858 Gold Rush, a group of gold prospectors from Kansas established a mining town which became the first historical settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver.

The Colorado Territory was created in 1861, and Denver City was incorporated the same year. Denver City in 1867, became the acting territorial capital, and in 1881 was chosen as the permanent state capital soon after Colorado was admitted to the Union.

Denver is home to a wide range of nationally recognized museums, including the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science houses aquamarine specimens, as well as examples of the state mineral, rhodochrosite. The state history museum, History Colorado Center, features hands-on and interactive exhibits, artifacts and programs about Colorado history. Historic Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum and the Molly Brown House are nearby.

Museums in Denver

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • History Colorado Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
  • Museo De Las Americas
  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • American Museum of Western Art–The Anschutz Collection
  • Forney Transportation Museum
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens


  • City:                            Denver
  • Country:                     United States
  • State:                          Colorado
  • Founded:                    1858
  • Incorporated:             1861
  • Population:                 2.9 million – Metro

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