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Address: 637 East Hyman, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970-925-8050
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Description: The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the...
The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.
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A waste of space so far

I went this afternoon with my son. I had difficulty seeing merit in the modern art on the ground floor, though that is obviously a matter of taste. We hoped for more from the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2014
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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I went this afternoon with my son. I had difficulty seeing merit in the modern art on the ground floor, though that is obviously a matter of taste. We hoped for more from the mineralogical exhibition but were repelled by the doggerel which extolled each knobbly exhibit. The exhibition of humanitarian architecture (buildings for erection in emergency situations) was of... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's free for a reason I guess. Not impressed. You have to leave your handbag in an open pigeon hole where people can see it and you have to rely on a complete stranger to keep watch over it. No where else in the world are you asked to leave your handbag to enter a museum or art gallery. It... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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147 reviews 147 reviews
45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The museum building is eye catching from the exterior, but once inside nothing really holds your attention. Very sterile, while they try to add warmth with wood, blonde wood does not cut it. The cafe area needs some improvement as well. The tea was lukewarm and do not order the hot chocolate. The exhibits, not impressive, with the exception of... More 

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Los Amgeles
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A very striking building with high aspirations, yet tone deaf to the town that surrounds it. A current exhibit for example features turtles who wander about displaying images of ghost towns on iPads bolted to their shells. It all has the feeling of people who are so desperate to be avant garde but instead are coming off as stupid, pretentious... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I don't know about this building. It looks fun to climb, but the signs warn that it's punishable by jail time. Each floor is more strange. And as you reach the top, you'll be scratching your head in wonderment, just how many drugs does one need to take to create the final exhibit. Tortoises with IPads on their backs depicting... More 

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western colorado
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77 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great building, though controversial among locals. (presumably because it is modern and not Victorian) The art was interesting and varied. Exhibits included Colorado minerals, paper buildings (yes, paper), Yves Kline works, and more. Take a look and be sure to go up to the roof garden.

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Weston, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

There is much controversy in Aspen around this place as the building clearly does not reflect the city or it's history. While an architectural achievement I found the art seriously wanting, there is a strong possibility that I don't get it, yet most people seemed to look disappointed and/or incredulous. There was one interesting exhibit about buildings made from environmentally... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was so disappointed in this new art museum which has had so much publicity. There is NO art there. A hood cut off of a sweatshirt and hung on the wall with the title "The Hood" does not have any artistic quality. The body art canvases from an "artist" from New York took up almost half a room and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beware that if you have a handbag larger than the size of an i-pad, you will be asked to check it in the coat room. If you are carrying a passport, wallet, keys, medication etc., you can try squeezing them into a small bag that the museum will apparently provide for you. There is no information on the museum's website... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

When I visited Aspen for their last snow season, My family and I decided to visit the local art center. And to my surprise, I was very impress by what this little small town has to offer. The art was incredible. Best of all, its FREE admission. The kids had fun and that made our stay enjoyable. Its a win-win... More 

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