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Why Museums Are Important

My niece recently shared an article with me from Literary Hub entitled, Missing Museums: Why Art is a Necessity for Public Health by Veronica Esposito. The author mentions that studies have “linked the practice of visiting an art museum to a surprisingly diverse range of health benefits, some of which are: reduced stress, improved memory, relief from chronic pain, improvement in the outcomes of psychotherapy, a longer lifespan, increased vitality, a substantial and rapid decline in the stress hormone cortisol, decreased mortality from cancer, cognitive enhancement in individuals with dementia, and improved immune system function.”

Since January, I have been going to a museum a week. I can attest to feeling much better about life after my visits. Planning the visit gives me something to look forward to. I ask a friend to join me, and I relish in conversation while looking at the exhibits. Esposito expresses, “At a moment when so much of our social fabric has been casually torn apart by public health authorities, art is a vital activity of connecting to another human mind.” I wholeheartedly agree. 

My recent book, Essential Denver: Discovery and Exploration Guide has a chapter on museums. You will find more details of each museum in my book. Here I provide just the address and website of Denver museums to make your reservations and purchase your tickets. I encourage you to pick one and make a plan with a friend or family member to enjoy an outing together. 

American Museum of Western Art 

1727 Tremont Pl., Denver, CO 80202

Black American West Museum 

3091 California St., Denver, CO 80205

Center for Women’s History at Byers–Evans House 

1310 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204

Children’s Museum of Denver 

2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver, CO 80211

Clyfford Still Museum 

1250 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204

Denver Art Museum 

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204

Denver Firefighters Museum

1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, CO 80204

Denver Museum of Nature and Science 

2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Forney Museum of Transportation 

4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216

Four Mile Historic Park 

715 S. Forest St., Denver, CO 80246

History Colorado Center

1200 N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art 

1201 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204

Mizel Museum 

400 S. Kearney St., Denver, CO 80224

Molly Brown House Museum

1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver CO 80203

Museo de las Americas–Latin American Art Museum 

861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver 

1485 Delgany St., Denver, CO 80202

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

And finally, this center is not a museum, but it is worth adding to your visit list to see the beautiful exhibits.

The Galleries at the Freyer-Newman Center at Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

Be sure to see the checklist in the back of the book Essential Denver and mark the box for each visit. Enjoy the benefits of art and history while supporting each organization. And have fun!