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Free Days at Denver Museums for 2012

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The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District in Denver sponsors free days at museums, zoos and botanic gardens across the Mile High City during 2012. The SCFD sales and use tax of one cent per $10 provides the funding for free admission to Colorado residents. A Colorado driver's license or ID is required for free admission.

"The SCFD facilitates distribution of the voter-approved tax funds to eligible organizations that provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, natural history or cultural history," the SCFD said in a statement.

The organization was created in 1988, and has distributed more than $668 million in the years between 1989 and 2010, according to the SCFD. The tax applies to residents of six other counties besides the City & County of Denver, including: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson and portions of Douglas County.

Not all free days are created equal, however. The Denver Art Museum holds free days at least once a month, while the Denver Zoo only holds free days in the chilly months of January, February and November during 2012. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts also offers a limited number of tickets at reduced prices through the program.

Other cities in the West offer free museum days as well. If you're traveling, visit listings of free days at museums in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Austin, Texas.

1. Denver Art Museum

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100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
720-865-5000

January 7, 2012
February 4, 2012
March 3, 2012
April 7, 2012
April 29, 2012
May 5, 2012
June 2, 2012
July 7, 2012
August 4, 2012
September 1, 2012
September 8, 2012
October 6, 2012
November 3, 2012
December 1, 2012

2. Denver Botanic Gardens

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1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
720-865-3500

January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 27, 2012
April 22, 2012
July 26, 2012
August 28, 2012
October 1, 2012
November 2, 2012

3. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd.
Littleton, CO 80128
303-973-3705

January 6, 2012
February 3, 2012
March 2, 2012
April 6, 2012
June 1, 2012
July 6, 2012
August 3, 2012
November 2, 2012

4. Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Photo courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
303-370-6000

January 9, 2012
January 30, 2012
February 27, 2012
April 22, 2012
May 6, 2012
June 17, 2012
July 2, 2012
August 12, 2012
August 20, 2012
October 14, 2012
November 19, 2012
December 9, 2012

5. Denver Zoo

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2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-376-4800

January 6, 2012
January 7, 2012
January 18, 2012
February 5, 2012
February 6, 2012
February 16, 2012
November 5, 2012
November 16, 2012
November 28, 2012

6. Denver Center for the Performing Arts

1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
303-547-3410

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts offers $10 tickets to all of its Denver Center Theatre Company performances. To purchase the limited number of $10 tickets, visit the box office every Tuesday at 10 a.m. or buy online at the same time with code "SCFD." The $10 tickets will be valid for performances during the next week. The offer does not apply to touring productions.
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