A day almost three years in the making is finally upon us. Actually, let’s call that 130 years in the making, because History Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society) has been in the business of preserving Colorado’s rich history and artifacts for that long. On Saturday, April 28, the organization unveils its new home to the public: a grand stone museum at 1200 Broadway designed by architect David Owen Tryba.
Opening day will include a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and the doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Guests will not only be treated to new, family-friendly exhibits and but can even time travel through history aboard the History Colorado time machine. The opening day festivities will also include guest appearances from astronauts and performances by tight-rope walkers, cowboys and more.
I have had the pleasure of attending several events at the new History Colorado center, and the facility is beautiful. It’s hard to imagine a better place to reflect on our state’s great heritage and to remember our Colorado roots. Purchase tickets for opening day here ($10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger).
While you are downtown that day, you can continue your cultural journey by stopping by Denver Pavilions to view the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, on loan from Florence, Italy. The exhibit features more than 60 machines by the Italian master, from war machines to flying machines, and runs through September 2012. If you are more interested in visual arts, you can check out the new Clyfford Still Museum at 13th and Bannock, just around the corner from the Denver Art Museum. The Still Museum houses a lifetime of the artist’s works – more than 2,400 pieces. Then, while you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the Denver Art Museum for the Yves St. Laurent exhibit. Denver is the only planned stop for the exhibit in the United States, so be sure to take this opportunity to see the fashion collection that spans more than 40 years of St. Laurent’s work.
These are just a few highlights of arts activities going on downtown right now—for more information you can visit www.denver365.org. As you are enjoying yourself, consider this fact: Arts, culture, museums, etc. bring a $1.46 billion annual economic and social impact to the region. These institutions don’t just expand our views on the world, but they also generate real money.