This last weekend, Tim and I took Olivia to the Denver Art Museum. Being new to the area (read: we don’t have a plethora of babysitters), it is tough for us to find child friendly things to do that we, as adults, also enjoy. Tim had mentioned about a week ago that his company had passes to some of the museums in downtown Denver. Because getting to know Denver is also on my To Do list, I told him to check one out. He came home with a pass for the Art Museum, so Saturday morning off we went.
I have been to a lot of museums, both here in the States and over in Europe. In terms of family friendliness, the Denver Art Museum is hands down the best I’ve been to. Sure, some museums have larger or better collections. Some museums are built entirely for children, but this is an ART museum. To me, that means a place that is a bit stodgy. At an art museum, you whisper and you definitely only look with your eyes. But, at the Denver Art Museum that is not the case at all. In addition to a great collection that includes famous names like Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Renoir as well as some fantastic Native American and Western Art, there are all kinds of nooks and crannies that allow kids and adults alike to get involved with the art they are viewing. Sometimes, this is a library where you can sit in cozy chairs and peruse art books. Other times, this is a dress up area where kids can try on chaps and cowboy hats and sit on a saddle. The DAM also provides free Family Backpacks and Art Tubes for check out that are chock full of art connected activities to keep the kiddos busy throughout the museum. And did I mention the place is stroller friendly? Awesome.
Overall we had a great time. Tim and I got out of the house and did something that was reminiscent of our pre-parenting days. Olivia got out of the house and had her first trip to the museum. She really enjoyed looking at the different kinds of art and crawling around some of the kids’ play areas. We didn’t get to see everything, so we will definitely be back soon. If you are thinking about visiting the Denver area and are looking for a family friendly activity, don’t overlook the Denver Art Museum. If you live here already, get on over there this week during Spring Break because the kids get in free!
For more pictures of our museum visit, click HERE.