Museum of Outdoor Art

Our latest adventure was exploring the Museum of Outdoor Art in Englewood. It is on the small side but it was free and we had a fun afternoon. The indoor part of the Museum of Outdoor Art (yes, there is indoor art as well as outdoor art) is located on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood , Colorado 80110. Nearly three dozen outdoor sculptures are scattered around the outside of the building. Another equally large collection of outdoor art is housed at Fiddler’s Green.

Cost: Free!

What we liked:

  • Our favorite part was the Hall of Curiosities which is a whimsical floor to ceiling collage of old objects inspired by nursery rhymes. Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, the pieces of Humpty Dumpty and a bowl of curds and whey sitting on a tuffet can all be found in the exhibit. My kids enjoyed spotting the different nursery rhymes. Some of the nursery rhymes are posted on wall in case you need a reminder of all the words.
  • It was a warm sunny day perfect for walking around to find all of the outdoor sculptures.
  • The museum was family friendly. The museum staff allowed my kids to bring their water bottles into the museum and weren’t bothered when my two year old accidentally touched the exhibit.

What we didn’t like:

  • We weren’t really that fond of Nick Bantock’s “Griffin and Sabine” exhibit. I’m just more traditional when it comes to art. However, this is a visiting exhibit and a few new exhibits are opening soon which look more exciting.
  • There were a few pencil drawings of nude women around the museum. My kids didn’t notice them because they were fairly small, but be aware if this is a problem for you.

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Aurora History Musuem

We woke up to another gray and drizzly day, but we wanted to get out of the house and do something new. After some internet research, I found the Aurora History Museum which fit the bill perfectly because it was free and not too far away from our house.

The museum is small with only two exhibit rooms, a hands-on room and a community room. One exhibit was a rather scattered presentation of Aurora history including a palm frond fossil, old water pipes and a mid century living room replica. The other exhibit hall featured a traveling exhibit with Norman Rockwell sketches and a 1950’s kitchen which was actually quite impressive.

The Aurora History Museum is located at 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Aurora, CO 80012 in the Aurora Municpal Center Complex.  It is open everyday but Monday.

 Cost: Free!

 What we liked:

  • The kids enjoyed the hands-on room which had vintage toys, antique school desks and old fashioned hats to try on.
  • We all enjoyed the Norman Rockwell exhibit and figuring out what was happening in each picture.

What we didn’t like:

  • It is small and underwhelming. Overall, it wouldn’t be worth traveling across town, but might be worth a stop if are in the neighborhood.

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