All of the participating museums, including Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular new Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (the fourth largest museum in the nation) will be open for free from 5 to 10 p.m. In addition to offering a peek at their regular galleries and exhibits, the museums will also offer a series of special events including live music concerts, cash bars and dance performances. Free shuttle buses will run between the museums making it possible to visit several in one evening.
The event is the kick off for Denver Arts Week, a celebration of everything cultural in the Mile High City that runs from November 14-22, 2008. The Friday evening kick-off party is based on Nuit des Musées (Night of the Museums), an event that originated in Paris with a few museums and has now spread to more than 2,000 cultural facilities across Europe.
“There is something special about a museum at night,” says Jayne Buck, vice president of tourism for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We want to turn our museums into the biggest ‘date night’ of the year, offering people a chance to visit new museums, hear live music and experience all the culture, art and history that Denver has to offer as they hop from museum to museum, all for free.”
At the Forney Museum of Transportation, historic cars and trains will be lit for this night only. Visitors will grab a lantern and stroll through the dark museum lit only by the headlamps of antique cars. The Molly Brown House will have live Irish music that Molly might have heard while sailing on the Titanic, the Children’s Museum will be showing silent Old West movies and the Black American West Museum will have a scavenger hunt in historic Five Points neighborhood.
Ballet Ariel and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company will perform in the dramatic lobby of the Denver Art Museum, while the Kirkland Museum of Decorative & Fine Art will have a jazz concert with Denver legend Charlie Burrell.
At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you can hang out with some of the world’s cutting-edge polar scientists and explorers at POLAR-PALOOZA! This multimedia road show will present Earth’s iciest, most remote regions. See a 130,000-year-old piece of ice, try on extreme cold weather gear or learn an Alaskan Native dance.
More music is available at the Museum of Contemporary Art | Denver, while Denver artist Barbara Froula will unveil her new watercolor commissioned by the Colorado History Museum for Denver’s 150th Anniversary, which takes place just a week later on November 22, 2008.
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