"Art is not only the encounter with creativity, it's an encounter with a different way of thinking," said Christoph Heinrich, the director of the Denver Art Museum at a press conference on Thursday. To promote two art exhibits about China, the art museum will feature Chinese dancers on Saturday night in a special performance by the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center.
The Denver Art Museum, along with dozens of other museums and attractions in the Denver area, will be open extended hours from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 as part of Night at the Museums. The museums will offer free admission and special programming in a night styled after La Nuit des Musées in Paris.
Denver Museums Participating in Night at the Museums
- Black American West Museum
- Byers-Evans House Museum
- Children's Museum of Denver
- Clyfford Still Museum
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Firefighters Museum
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Forney Museum of Transportation
- Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
- Molly Brown House Museum
- Museo de las Americas
Free shuttle buses will stop at all the museums listed above, with service beginning at 5 p.m. from the Denver Art Museum and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
In addition, the Littleton Museum, the Mizel Museum, the Museum of Outdoor Arts, the Astor House, Golden History Center, The American Mountaineering Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and the Foothills Arts Center will also be open, but free transportation will not be provided.
In addition to the Night at the Museums, the city's monthly First Friday Art Walk will be expanded into additional neighborhoods tonight. "I also want to encourage everyone to experience First Friday...at one of the 10 participating neighborhoods," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Art galleries will also be offering artwork for the special price of $52.80 to reflect the elevation of Denver at 5,280 feet.
Mary Louise Lee, the wife of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, served as the chairwoman for the Night at the Museums event. "Not only does Denver have these wonderful museums, it features wonderful small theaters" such as Phamaly and others, Lee said.
As part of Denver Arts Week, several theatrical productions are offering special $52.80 deals for tickets. The Colorado Opera is offering two tickets to February performances of "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart for $52.80. The Colorado Ballet is also offering $52.80 tickets to selected performances of "The Nutcracker" in early December.
To find more deals and discounts, visit the Denver Arts Week website.