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.
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.