Boulder Museums

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Boulder is rich with culture and diversity, and its handful of museums offer a wide range of exhibits and events that are great for the whole family. From the Boulder History Museum to the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder’s museums are as varied as the artwork they contain.

See local art as well as the work of artists from around the world at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art near downtown. The museum offers a variety of programs for both adults and youth, and can be rented for private events.

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is part of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Its mission is to contribute knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The museum's collections number more than four million objects in anthropology, archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology. The University of Colorado Museum offers a variety of K-12 and adult educational programs and activities throughout the year. Exhibition galleries are open to the public seven days a week, free of charge.

Leanin' Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western ArtThe Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art offers one the largest private collections of western art in the nation, including sculptures and paintings.

The Dairy Center for the Arts is a non-profit cultural arts organization founded in 1992 and one of the only places in Boulder to experience dramatic theater, comedy, live music, film, dance performances and visual arts under one roof. It is housed in the historic Watts-Hardy Dairy building, which once operated as a dairy storage and processing plant. The Dairy is home to fifteen premier resident arts organizations and offers high quality performing and visual arts experiences. Thousands of patrons participate in classes, workshops, exhibitions, films and dance, music, and theater performances each year.

Get a taste of Boulder’s global culture by visiting the area’s impressive museums, many of which are conveniently located near downtown or can be reached via the city’s extensive public transit system.


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