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Denver Museums

Denver Art Museum

Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of world art between Kansas City and the West Coast, with over 55,000 works of art. Its American Indian art collection is internationally renowned, and its pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection is outstanding. Other collections include Painting & Sculpture, Asian, Architecture, Design & Graphics, Modern & Contemporary, and Textile Art. Two completely renovated floors--devoted to European, American and Western painting, sculpture, decorative art, textiles, and photography--opened in November 1997.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver

In 1996, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver was formed to provide Denver with its first major contemporary art museum. MCA is located in a 7,000 square foot renovated fish market in the Sakura Square in downtown Denver. MCA is a non-collecting space and functions like the European model of a kunsthalle, offering the ongoing presentation of innovative and challenging artwork. MCA sees its role to be an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue, and a place for the infinite exploration of the human imagination.

Museum of Outdoor Art

Founded in 1981 by John W. Madden, Jr., an innovative regional office park developer and well-known patron of the arts and his daughter Cynthia Madden Leitner, the Museum of Outdoor Arts was conceived as a synthesis of fine art, architecture and landscape design integrated into the community and business environment of Greenwood Plaza and fully accesssible to the public.

The Museum of Outdoor Arts opened to the public with 19 works of art on display, and has continued to grow through the years, currently numbering over 60 pieces. The Museum’s concept of environmental synthesis won the American Institute of Architecture Award, and in 1982 the Madden family further developed the concept of art in everyday life by establishing the Museum of Outdoor Arts as a nonprofit organization.

Wildlife Experience

The Wildlife Experience is a wildlife conservation museum featuring natural history, fine art, and film. Located 10 miles south of Denver, Colorado, the Wildlife Experience is dedicated to promoting the understanding of the Natural World and its conservation through art, education and community.

The 101,000-square-foot center houses an extensive collection of natural history, paintings, sculpture, photography and film exhibits. Rotating exhibits are devoted to specific conservation efforts and present a wide range of wildlife subjects, themes and learning experiences.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science can trace its origins back more than a hundred years to one man’s efforts and a little log cabin tucked away in the mountains. In 1868, pioneer and naturalist Edwin Carter arrived in Breckenridge, Colo., and devoted himself to his true love—the scientific study of birds and mammals from the Rocky Mountain Region. Carter soon assembled one of the most complete collections of Colorado fauna and displayed his specimens in his log cabin home dubbed the Carter Museum.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, the Earth and the universe. Visitors are invited to participate in science learning and become more engaged with what they see, feel and hear. During adventures at the Museum, you’ll learn about current science topics in the news. You’ll also experience the prehistoric past. The Museum is famous for its interactive children’s discovery centers, ancient dinosaur bones, Egyptian Mummies, wildlife exhibits, colorful gems and minerals, the Hall of Life health center, awe-inspiring IMAX® films, dynamic temporary exhibits, new scientific discoveries and visionary speakers.

Arvada Center

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities was founded in 1976. Having served the community for over a quarter of a century, this arts center has grown to be the tenth largest cultural attraction in the Denver area. The Arvada Center is proud to offer award-winning, professional regional theater (both plays and musicals); Denver’s best children’s theater; a wide variety of concerts; classical and contemporary dance performances; nationally recognized gallery exhibitions; a history museum; over 600 arts and humanities classes each year for students of all ages; and a banquet and conference facility that serves thousands of people through business and personal events. The Arvada Center - there’s more here than you think.

Denver Performing Arts Complex

Denver Performing Arts Complex, the largest arts center of its kind under one roof in the United States, comprising a total of eight theatres and over 10,000 seats, is located in the heart of downtown Denver - and within walking distance to the Colorado Convention Complex, scores of restaurants, the exciting Lower Downtown (LODO) and much, much more. Surrounded by 14th Street, Champa Street, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.

The Auditorium Theatre was built in 1907, it has recently been designated a Historical Landmark by the State of Colorado.

Boettcher Concert Hall is the first concert hall in--the-round built in North America. It has been acoustically designed for exceptional listening enjoyment.

Denver Fine Dining

The Broker Restaurant

In an era where replicas outnumber originals, The Broker Restaurant stands out not only as one of Denver's most highly acclaimed restaurants, but also as one of its most historically authentic. Built in 1903 and set in an original bank vault, The Broker Restaurant is one of Denver's most unique dining experiences.

The dinner menu features dry-aged, prime cuts of beef, fresh Alaskan seafood, Colorado lamb, pork tenderloin, and many other wonderful gourmet entrees. All meals include an appetizer, salad or soup, your entrée selection, and dessert.

The Broker Restaurant is located at 821 17th St. Denver, CO 80202-3040, Telephone: 303-292-5065

Wellshire Inn

Wellshire Inn offers fine dining in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere.

Indulge in the tantalizing continental cuisine and experience unsurpassed hospitality by Leo Goto and the Wellshire Inn team. Elegant banquet and catering facilities are available for groups of all sizes. Wellshire Inn is conveniently located and offers complimentary parking for all guests. Wellshire Inn serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers brunch on Sunday.

The Wellshire Inn is located at 3333 South Colorado Blvd. Denver, Colorado 80222, Telephone: 303-759-3333

Denver Wine

Denver Wine Connection

There is a better way to buy wine in the Denver metropolitan area. The Denver Wine Connection (DWC) is a unique wine outlet warehouse open to the public.

The wine outlet concept has a long history in areas other than Colorado. In states where wine is available in grocery chains or large liquor store chains, the selection is limited to mostly the large advertised brands. Finding the small, limited production fine American or Australian wines, or those not so famous gems from the old world is nearly impossible in the big stores.

In fact, DWC will have a number of wines which will be unavailable anywhere else in the state of Colorado. While some small, boutique wine shops may from time to time have some of the more interesting wines, the prices they must charge to cover their overhead is higher than that of the wine outlet.

Denver Wine Brats

The Wine Brats are an active group of adult wine enthusiasts who are mostly young in age but absolutely young at heart. We enjoy sharing our passion for wine with our peers and we take pride in breaking down the cultural walls that for too long have mystified this beautiful beverage. Ultimately, as a non-profit organization, the Brats' purpose is to attract a whole new generation of adults to the wonders of life with wine. Meet the Founders and Staff and read the Letters from the Executive Director.

The Wine Company

The Wine Company is a small highly specialised retail store dealing in unique wines, beers, & spirits; with an emphasis on high quality, great value products and a strong commitment to friendly, knowledgeable, expert service. The staff’s passion & enthusiasm are backed by nearly three quarters of a century of front line experience in both the restaurant and wine trade. They taste and evaluate hundreds of products each month and every single item they carry is carefully selected for both its quality and superlative value.

Tewksbury & Company

Tewksbury & Company is Downtown Denver’s only licensed Colorado winery tasting and sales facility. With nearly 40 wineries in Colorado today, there must be a reason that so many new wineries are popping up in Colorado. The reason: excellent growing regions for premium varietals.