It’s no secret that a visit to the Golden State will give you access to snow-covered mountains, miles of desert and unparalleled, different outdoor environments, but Colorado also features some incredibly diverse indoor experiences. The following list of museums boasts inspiring art, mind-blowing history, thought-provoking science lessons and family-friendly fun.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
If you’ve ever looked to the skies with wonder, you must visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, which is dedicated to sharing the history, present and future plans of aviation technology. The museum features more than 50 air and space crafts for your viewing pleasure and simulators that take you out of this world, as well as the highly-anticipated, NASA-assisted, “Be the Astronaut, Moon, Mars, Asteroids & Jupiter” exhibit.
Be sure to experience the Harry Combs Civil Aviation Gallery: Stories from Colorado Skies exhibit to learn more about Colorado’s high-flying heritage.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is on a mission to create a community that is passionate, protective and interested in the natural world. Uncover the treasures of the Earth including a Brazilian topaz, Australian opals and crystallized gold with a visit to the Gems & Minerals exhibit; discover how your most important machine — your body — ticks by checking out the Expedition Health® exhibit; and step back in time at the Egyptian Mummies exhibit.
You’ll have a hard time pulling your kids away from the Discovery Zone, which features hands-on, innovative exhibits designed to inspire a lifelong love of science.
Aspen Art Museum
The outside of the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is as breathtaking as the inside, which houses stunning, ever-evolving displays of international contemporary art. The museum, which features no admission price, is currently exhibiting the work of artists Nate Lowman, Ugo Rondinone, Zoe Crosher, Dara Friedman, Sarah Cain and Robert Gober.
The AAM is also a haven for after school art programs, public lectures, workshops and educational opportunities for teachers and their students in grades K-12.
WOW! Children’s Museum
Located in Lafayette, the WOW! Children’s Museum is perfect for creative, curious kids who like to have fun. Hands-on learning exhibits allow kids to be kids while informing them about important subjects like science, nature and the arts.
Adventure awaits you and your kids at the Pirate Ship & Lighthouse exhibit while scientific principles are revealed at the Light & Sound and Pulley Chairs exhibits. The Dance & Yoga Studio is perfect for rhythmically burning off energy or taking a moment to meditate and stretch. The art room is filled with supplies and crafts to unleash your little one’s artistic spirit.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
The significance of aviation during World War II as well as its impact today is on full display at The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs, “the only museum in the world to focus exclusively on the unique story of the role of aviation in World War II.”
You’ll be impressed by the museum’s remarkable collection of aircrafts, detailed displays and fully-restored vehicles that were driven by U.S. troops and their allies.
These museums are designed to inspire, inform and entertain, and a visit to any of them or all of them will make your time in Colorado unforgettable.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.