Free Days at Denver Museums

Have loads of fun without spending a dime

Hamilton Building Terrace at Denver Art Museum
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If you're in Denver, you can see all the interesting displays at various Denver museums and attractions without ever pulling out your wallet on certain days of the week or year. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District supports cultural institutions in seven counties in Colorado, including more than 100 in Denver. The SCFD sales and tax of less than 1 percent helps fund free days at Denver museums and attractions.

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Denver Art Museum

Installation at Denver Art Museum

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The Denver Art Museum houses collections of European, American, Native American, Asian, Western American, and Pre-Columbian art, along with collections of photography and architecture and design. It also hosts traveling exhibitions, such as shows focusing on the impressionist painter Edgar Degas, modern work by Native American artists, and photographers. 

You can get into the Denver Art Museum for free on the first Saturday of every month, and kids get in free every day. Special exhibitions are not included in free admission. You also have to pay for kids to see special exhibitions, but it is a reduced rate.

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Denver Botanic Gardens/Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms is a working farm and native plant area covering 700 acres in southern Jefferson County on the banks of Deer Creek. It includes natural gardens and gardens of the West, along with an orchard, cut flower garden, herb garden, iris garden, and market garden. In the fall it also has a corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Free days at Chatfield Farms in 2019:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8
  • Tuesday, March 5
  • Tuesday, April 2
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5
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Denver Botanic Gardens/York Street

The Denver Botanic Gardens
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Denver Botanic Gardens covers 24 acres at its York Street location, and they are filled with plants from all over the world. Seventeen special gardens focus on the Western identity and Denver's high-altitude, arid climate, with an emphasis on drought-tolerance.
You'll also find ornamental gardens filled with roses, lilacs, and Victorian plants; shady gardens; and water gardens. 

Free days at York Street Gardens in 2019:

  • Monday, Jan. 15
  • Monday, Feb. 18 
  • Thursday, March 22 
  • Sunday, April 14
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Thursday, July 10
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 
  • Saturday, Nov. 11
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Nina Snyder

At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you'll find a planetarium, an IMAX theater, collections that focus on health sciences, earth sciences, anthropology, space sciences, and zoology. You'll also see special exhibitions that delve into such subjects as the Vikings, gems, and Native American culture.

Even if you go on a free day, you still will have to pay for IMAX films, planetarium shows, and special exhibitions. Here are the days in 2019:

  • Monday, Jan. 7
  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Monday, Feb. 11
  • Wednesday, April 3 (from 5-10 p.m.) 
  • Sunday, April 28
  • Sunday, June 2
  • Tuesday, July 2 (from 5-10 p.m.) 
  • Monday, Aug. 26
  • Sunday, Sept. 29
  • Monday, Oct. 14
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Sunday, Dec. 8
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Denver Zoo

Feeding giraffe at Denver Zoo
Aron Snyder

The Denver Zoo is the place to go to see fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates. Most kids just can't get enough of watching the bears play, the peacocks strut, and the monkeys do their thing. Then there are feedings and shows to keep them entertained.

Free days in 2019:

  • Thursday, Jan. 10
  • Friday, Jan. 18
  • Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Sunday, Feb. 3
  • Monday, Feb. 4
  • Friday, Nov. 8
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