Denver Days: Downtown Aquarium and the Denver Art Museum

After determining that we wouldn’t be able to both outrun the widespread storm and the flooding – which had shut down an incredible number of roads, including interstates – and be able to guarantee returning to Denver in time for Rachel’s flight out, we decided to stay put. Denver itself was significantly impacted by the storm, causing closings of potential activities such as the zoo and the wildlife refuge, so ultimately we decided to visit the Downtown Aquarium one day and the Denver Art Museum the next.

Giant Grouper, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Giant Grouper, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tropical fish (no idea what kind), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tropical fish (no idea what kind), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Leopard Ray, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Leopard Ray, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

A different ray friend, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

A different ray friend, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Jellyfish, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Jellyfish, Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tiger (no idea why an aquarium has tigers), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tiger (no idea why an aquarium has tigers), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tiger (no idea why an aquarium has tigers), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

Tiger (no idea why an aquarium has tigers), Downtown Aquarium, Denver, Colorado

I didn’t bring my camera into the Denver Art Museum because I normally just don’t take pictures in art museums plus there are some copyright issues, particularly of items on loan or loaned for special exhibitions. But I ended up taking pictures anyway using my iPhone which means that yes, you get some pictures but no, they are generally not very good. I think we were both surprised at the size of the museum and I was really impressed with the quality and depth of their non-Western (European) collections. Their Native American and Pre-Columbian collections in particular are world-class and extremely well curated. We spent an entire day there and were only able to view approximately half the exhibits.

Tlinget (Native American, Southeast Alaska) Chest ca. 1850, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Tlinget (Native American, Southeast Alaska) Chest ca. 1850, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Michoacan earthenware spouted vessel, bowl, and tripod rattle bowl, Mexico, ca. 1200-1500 AD., Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Michoacan earthenware spouted vessel, bowl, and tripod rattle bowl, Mexico, ca. 1200-1500 AD., Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Mask, Mixtec, Mexico, ca. 1200-1500 AD, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Mask, Mixtec, Mexico, ca. 1200-1500 AD, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Cabinet, Paraguay, ca. 1750, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Cabinet, Paraguay, ca. 1750, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Turquoise slip Kubachi ware (Iran), early 1500s AD, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Turquoise slip Kubachi ware (Iran), early 1500s AD, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Hayagriva Sand Mandala, created by monks from Seraje Monastery (India), 1996, Denver Art Museum, Colorado (Yes, this is SAND.  It is also three dimensional which is even more incredible)

Hayagriva Sand Mandala, created by monks from Seraje Monastery (India), 1996, Denver Art Museum, Colorado (Yes, this is SAND. It is also three dimensional which is even more incredible)

Still Life with Pomegranates, Reuven Rubin, 1962, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Still Life with Pomegranates, Reuven Rubin, 1962, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Untitled, Mark Rothko, 1959, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Untitled, Mark Rothko, 1959, Denver Art Museum, Colorado