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A Record 22 Museums will open their doors for FREE for Denver's Night at the Museums on November 3, 2012. For more information, visit DenverArtsWeek.com. (PRNewsFoto/VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jeffrey Wells)
A Record 22 Museums to Open Their Doors
for Free in Denver's Night at the Museums
Borrowing an idea that has been wildly successful in Europe, Denver will host its sixth annual Night at the Museums, an evening where 22 of the city's top museums will stay open late and open their doors for free from 5 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2012.
"What started in Paris, has now spread across Europe with 3,000 museums participating this year in the European Night of the Museums," says Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.
To make it even easier to enjoy the evening, there are free shuttle buses that make a continuous loop, connecting downtown museums to several outlying ones, including the famous Denver Museum of Nature & Science (the fourth largest science museum in the U.S.); the Black American West Museum (where re-enactors will tell the stories of Black cowboys and Buffalo Soldiers); the Denver Botanic Gardens (where a special exhibit of Japanese bamboo sculptures, Kizuna: West Meets East, will be illuminated along with other gardens and fountains); and the Forney Museum of Transportation (where the museum is lit by the headlamps of antique cars and trains).
Other communities in metro Denver have also joined in. The nearby town of Golden will keep their lights on at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, among others. At nearby Dinosaur Ridge (the site of the first discovery of dinosaur bones), for a small fee, you can take a tour of dinosaur tracks by flashlight, while the Littleton Museum will open their Living History Farm by lantern light with costumed re-enactors.
Night at the Museums is part of Denver Arts Week, a 9-day celebration of the arts in The Mile High City, Nov. 2-10. Arts Week begins with "Know Your Arts First Friday" on Nov. 2, in which dozens of galleries stay open late in seven different Denver neighborhoods – many of them offering bands, artist demonstrations, food trucks and art for a special "Mile High" price of $52.80 (Denver is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – 1 mile high).
Denver Arts Week also includes special $52.80 ticket prices and other discounts for theater, symphony, opera and dance performances, and even special hotel deals. The 35th annual Starz Film Festival, the region's largest celebration of cinema, takes place Nov. 1-11, over the same time period.
The cultural week finishes with a flurry at The Sights and Sounds of Cherry Creek North on Saturday, Nov. 10, a day-long celebration with live music, performing arts, artist exhibitions, art shows and educational activities.
For information on Denver's Night at the Museums or Denver Arts Week, go to denverartsweek.com.