Exploring The Denver Art Museum

Whether it is true or not, it is said that you can never truly experience a place until you have experienced its culture through the cherished art. One of the places that you must visit while in Denver, Colorado is the Denver Art Museum.

Not only does this museum feature local art, but art from all over the world. The greatest attraction that is in the museum right now is King Tutankhamen.

This exhibit contains up to 130 of the objects found buried with King Tut in his tomb. Other objects that were placed with other Egyptian pharaohs can also be seen on display here.

The King Tut exhibit will not stop anywhere else along the Rocky Mountains. Unless you are willing to travel half way across the world, this may be your only opportunity to see it.

This exhibit will be present through January 9 of 2011. The King Tut exhibit was created by the National Geographic, Arts, and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions.

Of course, they had to obtain the permission to feature these objects from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. The name of the exhibit is officially Tutankhamen: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs.

Fifty of the objects on display come directly from King Tut’s tomb. One of the objects on display is the golden sandals that were on the mummy’s feet and a beautifully decorated canopic jar that held the King’s internal organs.

The display also features a ten foot tall statue of King Tut which was discovered at the funerary temple of his two highest officials. It is incredible that the statue is still mostly covered by its original layer of paint.

This statue is the largest image of the King that has been discovered so far. In addition to the objects that are directly related to King Tut, there are over 80 other objects which belong to other important rulers of Egypt.

The other leaders that are represented include Khefren, the pharaoh whose giant pyramid is the only surviving wonder out of seven of the ancient times. Another important ruler that is represented is Hatshepsut, the queen who became the king.

Most of the objects included in this exhibit were not part of the 1970’s King Tut exhibit tour in the United States. In fact, this is the first time most of the objects have even visited the Americas.

The display is so large that the Denver Art Museum has reserved two whole gallery spaces in order to display all of the objects. The King Tut exhibit will be located in the Anschutz Gallery and the Gallagher Family Gallery.

These galleries will be a lot of fun to visit with children because the exhibit begins with a short National Geographic video on the stories of ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. The video is narrated by Harrison Ford acting as Indiana Jones.

One of the galleries will feature an area devoted to the British explorer Howard Carter, who was responsible for the discovery of the tomb of King Tutanhamen. The tomb was found in 1922 and it has added many interesting facts to the history of Egypt that was previously known.

In addition to these intriguing videos and displays, there will be an area where children will be allowed t dress up as an Egyptian. There will also be an area where children can make an Egyptian collar or explore more of the history of Egypt through various books.

Likewise, the display will have specific days where there will be additional activities for children. Some days will be designed fro toddlers while others will target older children.

In addition, there will be an after hours event for young adults that will include lectures and workshops on ancient Egypt. There will be much to learn about and explore here.

The museum is also featuring many other wonderful art exhibits from several different artists. These exhibits include Exposure: Photos from the Vault, A Visual Alphabet: Herbert Bayer’s Anthology Paintings, Charles Deas & 1840s America and March Brandenburg: Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

Of course the museum also features at least twelve permanent exhibits that are exquisite. The permanent exhibits include African Art, American Indian Art, Architecture, Design & Graphics, Asian Art, European & American Art, Modern & Contemporary Art, Oceanic Art, Photography, Pre-Colombian Art, Spanish Colonial Art, Textile Art, and Western American Art.

The Denver Art Museum is a must see for every visitor. There is a lot to see, experience and explore.

Terry Daniels has worked as a travel agent for the last 35 years and written several of articles about things to do in Denver.

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Exploring Denver, Colorado

And I’d be 40 miles from Denver and trying to get back. This line from a song by the bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band croons a particular longing for the city. Understandable indeed, as this city boasts beautiful scenery and landscapes worthy of nostalgia.

The City and County of Denver serves as the capital of Colorado (CO), U.S.A., located between the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains. Neighborhoods in this city range from sky-rocketing skyscrapers and suburban-style establishments to houses dating back to the nineteenth century.

The city was founded in 1858 as a mining town. During that time, the sight of Denver exhibited a number of buildings occupying its stretched, green plains, with cottonwood and willow trees lining the riverbanks. In 2006, it was noted that Denver has about 200 parks of different variety. This green development can be traced way back the 19th and 20th centuries when state lands were transformed into parks, with the “City Beautiful” movement further developing and beautifying these parks.

Parks in Denver CO range from small ones to sprawling acres. In the 1910s, land for mountain parks was acquired; around 14,000 acres of mountain parks can now be found in the city. Rivers and trails also meander in the city, further adding to its appeal. Not only is Denver alluring, it is also one of the greenest cities in the United States. A recent evaluation ranked it as the 19th greenest city among 50 cities in the list.

Resident and dwellers greatly value the Parks in Denver CO. These “Denverites”, as they are fondly called, see to it that changes in the park system will be for further beneficial development. Visitors and tourists look forward to experiencing the splendor of these parks. Hikers, cyclists and other sports enthusiasts are among the number of frequent visitors.

Green or rocky, majestic or mysterious, these Parks in Denver CO are definitely worth visiting. From a dry, parched plain, Denver has now become an actively green and lush beauty. With these in mind, we now further resonate with those voices who sang, I’d be forty miles from Denver…oooh life is better there.

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