Activities for a Rainy Day in Denver

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Denver on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Denver

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  • Francesca13
    Arizona82 contributions
    This is a must-see if you’re passing through Denver! Aside from the obvious eye catching architecture, the inside of the station is warm and bustling; perfect to stop into on a cold and rainy day ☔️ The inside smelled sweet and there are plenty of places to sit and lounge while waiting. Inside the station also offers a cute bookshop, and a few good looking restaurants. Don’t miss out on taking a look around this place!
    Written October 1, 2022
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  • GonzoDon
    Denver, Colorado34 contributions
    I'm a Denver resident and long-time supporter of the DMNS. It's definitely one of Denver's greatest assets. It has brought to town stellar traveling exhibits such as the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Aztec Empire, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and items that were recovered from the sea floor from the sinking of the Titanic.

    Of course, the museum's special exhibits change all the time. Among the *permanent* exhibits I enjoy: a phenomenal gem and mineral collection (including some amazing Colorado gold nuggets); a fascinating collection of mammal fossils found at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs documenting the rapid evolution of mammals in the first million years following the mass dinosaur die-off 66 million years ago; and a good 'Prehistoric Journey' through the history of life on our planet (if a billion years of species evolution interests you).

    Also, this museum has lots of good reconstructed dinosaur skeletons -- many from Colorado. Several exhibits are geared toward kids, but I can't speak to those, having no small children of my own.

    The DMNS also has a pretty decent cafeteria food selection, for a museum. So: take a cafeteria break midway through your visit to recharge and refresh! Allow yourself plenty of time.
    Written September 28, 2022
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  • LAW64
    Tonbridge, UK1,494 contributions
    Lovely building and great escape from the intense heat in late September. Friendly staff and a great museum shop - particularly the sand art.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • Laszlo N
    Venice, FL5 contributions
    Tour guide Chris was great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour and distillery were both a great experience, didn't feel rushed.
    Written September 30, 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,866 contributions
    The Molly Brown House Museum in Denver was a popular tourist attraction after it was designated as a Denver landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. But after the Unsinkable Molly Brown gained notoriety in the epic 1997 motion picture Titanic, the 1889 Queen Anne/Richardsonian Romanesque structure at 1340 Pennsylvania Street, a short walk from the Brown Palace Hotel, became a must-see destination for visitors from across the country. Designed by the well-known architect William A. Lang for the original owners, Isaac and Mary Large, the house was purchased by Molly's husband, James Joseph (J.J.) Brown in 1894 for $30,000. The title was transferred to Molly in 1898 due to J.J.'s deteriorating health. Molly's real name was Margaret. She was a philanthropist, activist and socialite. She survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and was known as the "Heroine of the Titanic" for her service to survivors and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." The house was sold after Molly's death in 1932 for $6,000. It became a rooming house for men, a Jane Addams Hull House settlement and a rental for rooms and apartments. But it deteriorated until 1970 when a group of concerned citizens formed Historic Denver, Inc., and raised funds to restore the house to its former glory. Today, visitors can tour the house and view exhibits, furniture, china, stained glass windows and photographs that interpret Molly's life, Victorian Denver and historic preservation.
    Written September 28, 2022
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  • Ann M
    26 contributions
    Looking for something to do before a late evening flight out of Denver airport and found this listed in Trip Advisor. A car enthusiast so this was an easy pick. The show cars of 1957 perfect! A wide variety of cars for the era. The train cars on display were very interesting to view. The transportation includes a small helicopter, Indian motorcycles, bicycles, mail truck, and school bus. We were fortunate to meet the owner of the 1957 mercury. The staff is very nice. There is a small gift shop and the restrooms were clean. We spent 2 hours and one of us could have stayed longer! Thank you!
    Written September 11, 2022
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  • Nikki W
    70 contributions
    I like that this museum put effort into showing Colorado's diversity with its exhibits. The exhibits tell the history of the state as well as its cultural history. They also try to be balanced with their perspectives, i.e. telling both sides of the story.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • McKimi
    Fountain, MN90 contributions
    I was very satisfied with my first trip to this museum and plan to be back when visiting Denver in the future. The salon presentations made great sense to me, giving a very organized and visually appealing review of art and design in the recent century.
    Kirkland’s work was new to me, but I found his early watercolors and most recent dot paintings my favorite.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • markz68
    Connersville, IN63 contributions
    Very nice aquarium, though smaller than we expected! Great displays! Great hsark and stingray exhibits. Great jelly fish tank! Well worth the cost!
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • LAW64
    Tonbridge, UK1,494 contributions
    Fun to visit for the mile high step - we visited when the building was shut for Labor Day weekend but it was still a good place to visit for the views of the city. There was an extremely hot market in the park nearby - it was boiling in early September.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • Victoria N
    Gateshead, UK3,136 contributions
    This was my first visit to the museum from the UK. It was certainly interesting. M sister and I did find the entry cost quite expensive however, for what there was to see. The movie theater was also not operating on the day we visited sadly. There were some really interesting aircraft and it was great to walk up the balcony to get more of a birds eye view of the aircraft in the hangar. All of the aircraft were inside, we only saw one outside at the entrance. The simulators looked like fun and we enjoyed seeing a plane used in a recent Star Wars movie. I'm a keen Photographer and found it quite difficult to take photographs inside, as so many aircraft were put so close together. It would have been great to have taken a look inside some of them, however this was not possible. We also found that the gift shop would have been better if they had more items linked to the actual museum, such a museum t-shirts, souvenirs etc. Certainly an interesting visit and ideal for aircraft enthusiasts.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • Mike C
    1 contribution
    The Ballpark Museum is a hidden gem for all true baseball fans. The curator has gone to great lengths to secure treasures from America’s greatest ballparks. The Museum
    Is a must visit for any true respecter of the game. An unexpected surprise was seeing Babe Ruth’s 1932 Federal Income Tax Return. Well worth the time to visit. Staff is very helpful and appreciative of our visit.
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, CA360 contributions
    The Cathedral Basilica is a beautiful gothic church. Its bright interior is illuminated by an array of brilliant stained glass windows. Entry is on the east side of the cathedral, by the small parking lot. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • scott r
    Silver Spring, MD602 contributions
    Grading on a curve here, as I'm not that fond of abstract expressionism and that's mostly what's here. I prefer the earlier works, prior to when, apparently, Still was abducted by aliens or ko'd into a coma from which he woke to find that art now meant paint on canvas without apparent reference to reality. Color theory. Um, OK. But everything is nice presently, and there is some representation of his earlier life which I found interesting, and it's clear the museum was established with dedication and purpose (with an appropriate physical setting too boot) so I can't knock it. If this floats your boat, Stills, is apparently quite important. Even if don't wholeheartedly embrace the genre, it's still a pleasant hour or so. - again, the space enhances the art, and Still's version of this is, for me, much more engaging than say, Rothko
    Written August 2, 2022
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  • hanna718
    NOVA536 contributions
    Visited mid-August, and they had only recently reopened for tours. Based on older reviews, you used to just be able to show up at certain times, now you have to write on for tickets. They have a couple of tour times during the day, and you list your preferred date/times. Only complaint is that it wasn't until almost the date that we were told we had tickets, so if you are in a limited schedule be aware that you might not be able to lock things in very far in advance.

    Informative tour, interesting historical exhibits. You can see into the minting floor, so on our morning there were streams of pennies running along the conveyer belt.

    Keep in mind this is a government building. So there is security, you can't have any bags, and no photos inside. Be sure to be early as they tell you, they won't let in people who are late.

    As others have mentioned, you get an uncirculated penny, and penny blank. There's also a nice gift shop.

    Plenty of parking in near by garages.

    Written August 31, 2022
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