Denver Art Museum Lets Visitors Get Their Hands Dirty

Offering a collection of more than 70,000 pieces, the Denver Art Museum is one of the largest museums west of the Mississippi River. Permanent works of art in the museum span the globe and the time period from prehistory to the present. Beyond viewing art, visitors to the museum can take advantage of numerous opportunities to become artists themselves.

Thanks to rotating digital displays highlighting various aspects of the museum’s collections, attendees can get the inspiration they need to dive in and start painting, drawing, baking, or photographing their own masterpieces. One recent digital prompt focused on how to re-create a soufflé-and-soup meal similar to one Vincent van Gogh might have enjoyed. Additionally, families can participate in seasonal Create-n-Take activities during school breaks and on weekends.

Adults can attend classes in drawing, painting, or watercolor. The museum invites families to explore the contents of the museum’s activity carts or drop by CelebrARTE, a monthly event focused on Latino culture. In addition, everyone can learn from the museum’s artists in residence, with programming enabling participants to create their own work in the artist’s style. One recent program featured a Chumash artisan who guided her audience through a basket-making activity.

Reviews of museum activities and classes from sources such as Fodor’s Travel have praised the imaginative assembly of the hands-on sessions and recommended them for families, who may also want to check out the Denver Public Library next door.