Free Days at Denver Museums

Have Loads of Fun Without Spending a Dime

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. Here are the days you can get in for free at Denver attractions in 2017.

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    ••• Denver Art Museum. VISIT DENVER

    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, and adults must pay the regular fee regardless of which day you visit. You also have to pay for kids to see special exhibitions, but it is a reduced rate.

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    ••• The Denver Botanic Gardens. VISIT DENVER

    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:

    • Monday, Jan. 16
    • Monday, Feb. 20 
    • Wednesday, March 22 
    • Sunday, April 2
    • Wednesday, June 14
    • Monday, July 17
    • Tuesday, Aug. 29
    • Friday, Nov. 10 
    • Saturday, Nov. 11 
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    ••• Chatfield Farms. Photo © Nina Snyder

    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

    • Tuesday, Jan. 3
    • Tuesday, Feb. 7
    • Tuesday, March 7
    • Tuesday, April 4
    • Tuesday, June 6
    • Saturday, July 15
    • Tuesday, Aug. 1
    • Tuesday, Nov. 7
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    Four Mile Historic Park
    ••• Pioneer heritage at Four Mile Historic Park. Photo © Nina Snyder

    The centerpiece of Four Mile Historic Park is the Four Mile House Museum, which is the oldest structure still standing in Denver and dates to 1859. It was the last stop on the Cherokee Trail as travelers made their way west to Denver, and starting in 1860 it became a stage stop for those travelers to eat and rest. The park includes 12 acres of the original land holdings of the owners. 

    Admission is free on the second Friday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. Children 6 and under are always free.

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    ••• Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photo © 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.

    • Sunday, Jan. 22
    • Monday, Feb. 27
    • Monday, March 13
    • Monday, April 10
    • Sunday, April 30 
    • Sunday, June 4
    • Sunday, Aug. 6
    • Monday, Aug. 28
    • Sunday, Sept. 17
    • Monday, Oct. 16
    • Monday, Nov. 13
    • Sunday, Dec. 10

     

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    ••• Giraffe Encounter allows visitors to feed the giraffes at the Denver Zoo. Photo 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.

    The zoo has three free days in 2017:

    • Friday, Nov. 3
    • Monday, Nov. 6
    • Thursday, Nov. 1

    Children 2 and under get in free every day.