Tour of Denver's Art Museums and Galleries, Denver (Self Guided)

Denver, situated near the Rocky Mountains, is a beautiful city that has a vibrant art scene. Art connoisseurs will enjoy visiting Denver's many museums and galleries. Take this tour to view some of the most memorable and noteworthy art in the city.
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Guide Name: Tour of Denver's Art Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Denver (See other walking tours in Denver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: ChristineCu
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

1) Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (must see)

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is an art museum in Denver. It houses three principal collections and includes the historic school and studio of artist Vance Kirkland (1904–1981). The 1911 Arts & Crafts style building is listed as a member of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with the homes and studios of Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner, Charles Russell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, N. C. Wyeth, Grant Wood and others.

The original historic school/studio (1910–1911), which is preserved as part of the larger Kirkland Museum, is the oldest commercial art building in Denver and the second oldest in Colorado (after the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery in Colorado Springs of 1908). The building was designed in a distinctive Arts & Crafts style by architects Maurice Biscoe and Henry Hewitt. The building at 1311 Pearl Street was commissioned by Henry Read (1851–1935), one of thirteen founders of the Artists' Club, which later became the Denver Art Museum.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 pm.

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Molly Brown Museum

2) Molly Brown Museum (must see)

The Molly Brown House Museum (also known as House of Lions) is a house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver that was the home of American philanthropist, socialite, and activist Margaret Brown. Brown was known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The museum now located in her former home presents exhibits interpreting her life and that of Victorian Denver as well as architectural preservation. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

The house was built in the 1880s by architect William A. Lang, incorporating several popular styles of the period, including Queen Anne Style architecture, for the original owners Isaac and Mary Large.

They suffered financially from the crash resulting from the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893 and were forced to sell the house. It was purchased by James Joseph Brown (J.J.), Margaret's husband, in 1894 for US$30,000 and the title was transferred to Margaret in 1898, possibly due to J.J.'s deteriorating health.

Operation hours: Tuesday — Saturday: 10 am – 3:30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 3:30 pm

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Denver Art Museum

3) Denver Art Museum (must see)

Denver Art Museum is located in Denver's Civic Center. It is known for its collection of American Indian art, and has a comprehensive collection numbering more than 68,000 works from around the world. The museum has nine curatorial departments: architecture; design & graphics; Asian art; modern and contemporary; native arts (American Indian, Oceanic, and African); New World (pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial); painting and sculpture (European and American); photography; Western art; and textile art. The museum's Asian art collection, the only such resource in the Rocky Mountain region, includes four main galleries devoted to the arts of India, China, Japan and Southwest Asia. Additional galleries offer works from Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia, while thematic galleries display religious art and traditional folk crafts.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Friday: 10 am - 8 pm.

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Byers-Evans House

4) Byers-Evans House (must see)

The Byers-Evans House Museum is a historic house museum in Denver. It was built in 1883 by William Byers, the founder of the Rocky Mountain News and was sold to William Gray Evans in 1889. It is an Italianate style house which had several additions made to it over the years. The house was donated to the Colorado Historical Society in 1981, along with the entire contents of the house. The house has been restored to the 1912–1924 period and includes approximately 90% of the original furniture, glassware, china, and other household items belonging to the Evans family.

Operation hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: 1 pm- 4 pm.

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Native American Trading Company

5) Native American Trading Company

Native American Trading Company is a unique gallery offering Native American and Southwestern art. Here you can find a variety of crafts, pottery and jewelry. You can even buy T-shirts with important events from U.S. history printed on them.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
Gallery 1261

6) Gallery 1261

Gallery 1261 is a contemporary art gallery that has the feel of a small museum. The work on display will inspire you with its creativity and uniqueness of expression. The gallery showcases both paintings and sculptures from well-known artists.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 6 pm.
Walker Fine Art Gallery

7) Walker Fine Art Gallery

When you enter Walker Fine Art Gallery, the sophisticated and original art on display will immediately captivate you. Here you will find work by both 2D and 3D artists. Photography, mixed media and paintings are all on view at the Walker Gallery.

Operation hours: Tuesday -Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday from 11 am.
William Havu Gallery

8) William Havu Gallery

William Havu Gallery showcases contemporary artists well known both in the United States and abroad. The gallery focuses primarily on established, award-winning artists. Anyone who wishes to admire great paintings and sculptures is welcome at the gallery.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm; Sunday, Monday: by appointment.

Walking Tours in Denver, Colorado

Create Your Own Walk in Denver

Create Your Own Walk in Denver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Denver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Denver's Skyscrapers

Tour of Denver's Skyscrapers

Denver has some of the most elegant and beautiful skyscrapers and high-rises in the U.S. Take this tour to view Denver's inspiring towers, from the elegant 1920s era buildings to today's architectural giants made of glass and concrete.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Tour of Denver's Religious Buildings

Tour of Denver's Religious Buildings

Denver has a wide variety of religious buildings, including churches, temples and cathedrals, each of which is interesting in its own way. Many of Denver's churches date back to the 18th century. Take this tour to admire Denver's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Tour of Denver's City Parks

Tour of Denver's City Parks

Denver is a city that embraces nature like nowhere else in the U.S. On this tour you will walk through some of the most popular gardens and parks in the city. Also, be sure to notice the beautiful buildings you will pass along the way.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Family Entertainment Tour of Denver

Family Entertainment Tour of Denver

In addition to Denver's numerous historic attractions, the city is also a great place to spend time with your family. Denver has a great variety of attractions to entertain both kids and adults. Take this tour to explore the best family-friendly spots in the Mile High City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

The capital of Colorado is a bustling metropolis that has been in place since the Old West period. Today's Denver appeals to guests in many different ways. Downtown Denver is replete with both contemporary and historic sights, such as Denver Art Museum and Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, featuring landmark 19th-century buildings. To explore these and other attractions of Denver,...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Denver for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Denver has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Denver, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.