DENVER (February 22, 2016) - This year is already shaping up to be one of the best yet for Denver's prolific arts and culture scenes - from award-winning Broadway shows to world premiere plays and coveted exhibitions of art and science - there is an abundance to see and do on a Denver arts getaway.

"As the largest city in a 600-mile radius, Denver is the arts capital of the vast Rocky Mountain West," says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We have five downtown art museums, dozens of art galleries, the nation's second largest performing arts center, and a unique seven-county arts funding mechanism that collects $40 million a year that is distributed to more than 300 cultural organizations."

With a variety of new-to-Denver theatrical performances and innovative exhibitions, visitors will want to make a getaway out of exploring Denver's cultural side; and there are plenty of hotel deals to make that possible at

The 2016 theater season is already in full swing. The international phenomenon, Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, will make a stop in The Mile High City from March 8-13, featuring the stunning talent of professional Irish dancers and musicians. Admired around the world, Riverdance has been able to span generations and capture the imagination of audiences for 20 years.

Direct from Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical, Newsies, comes to Denver from March 23 through April 9. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies is about a group of underdogs who stand up to some of the most powerful men in New York and is based on true events.

Several of Denver's top museums are also hosting top-notch exhibitions, ranging from the decadent Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to the iconic story and fierce beauty of the Japanese samurai as told through one of the finest collections of samurai armor and accoutrements at the Denver Art Museum.

The immersive, interactive exhibits of Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will engage visitors' senses through May 8 as they explore the history and science of the coveted bean from its first harvest through its ubiquitous popularity today.

The Denver Art Museum will host Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection from March 6 through June 5. One of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Japanese samurai armor and accoutrements in the world, the exhibition immerses visitors in the life, culture and pageantry of the samurai through 140 objects, showcasing items of folklore, religion, nature and foreign influences from the 12th through 19th centuries. 

A Place in the Sun, hosted by the Denver Art Museum until April 24, presents large-scale paintings by Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, friends and fellow artists who were instrumental in defining American art in the 20th Century. Organized chronologically to highlight the parallels and differences between the artists' work, this is the first exhibit to present the major, award-winning paintings by both artists.

Beginning March 18th, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will feature Robot Revolution, an exhibition of robots from around the world supported by Google with additional major support from The Boeing Company. This cutting-edge collection of rarely seen robots demonstrates how these impressive machines can change lives for the better.

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