Free Days at Denver Museums
2017 Calendar

Free days at Denver museums allow you the chance to check out some of The Mile High City's most visited attractions at no cost. You will find free admission days at places such as the Denver Art Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Here you will find a list of free days by museum at the top of the page. Scroll down to find an additional list by month.

Free Days at Denver Museums

Schedule by Museum

Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum

Our list of free days at Denver museums starts off at the Denver Art Museum. It's one of the most visited attractions here and offers admission free days once a month. 

It is well known for having many different types of art and collections from all around the world. Some of the collections include Asian art, Spanish colonial art, African art as well as others like modern art and Western American art.

Each month, The Denver Art Museum has their "Free First Saturdays" when you can visit the museum for free. The are sponsored by your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). A separate ticket will be required for some exhibitions, such as Star Wars and the Power of Costumes.

The 2017 dates are:

  • 1/7
  • 2/4
  • 3/4
  • 4/1
  • 5/6
  • 6/3
  • 7/1
  • 8/5
  • 9/2
  • 10/7
  • 11/4
  • 12/2

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is perfect for those that love nature or science. Some of the exhibitions you'll see include Native American art, amazing animals, and, of course, everyone's favorite of them all: Dinosaurs! 

If you are looking for some of the best free days at Denver museums, this is a definite must see for kids of all ages and adults that want to feel like kids again.

The free days are usually on a Sunday, or Monday, of each month so make sure to check the calendar so you don't miss one. Also, some months have more than one free day, while others don't have any at all.

The 2017 dates are:

  • 1/7
  • 2/27
  • 3/13
  • 4/10 (Earth Day)
  • 4/30 (Dīa del Niño)
  • 6/4
  • 8/6
  • 8/28
  • 9/17
  • 10/16
  • 11/13
  • 12/10

>> More fun things to do with kids in Denver

Children's Museum of Denver

Children's Museum

The Children's Museum of Denver is perfect for anyone that is a kid, or a kid at heart. This museum features exhibits where kids learn and become intellectual explorers of the world around them. Not just inside the museum, but outside as well.

There are many exhibits including ones like The Big Backyard, where everything is expanded so your kid can imagine what it is like being a tiny bug in a backyard. There is also the Book Nook where your child can read, learn and listen to stories. One of the favorites of almost all visitors is the Box Canyon. Children can play in the canyon and even take a child size zipline in it!

If you decide to make this one of your stops during the free days at Denver museums, you'll want to plan ahead. They offer the Target sponsored first Tuesday of each month from 4 pm to 8 pm and it's very popular.

The 2017 dates are as listed:

  • 1/3
  • 2/7
  • 3/7
  • 4/4
  • 5/2
  • 6/6
  • 7/4
  • 8/1
  • 9/5
  • 10/3
  • 11/7
  • 12/5

>> More top museums for kids in Denver

Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

It's all happening at the zoo! Especially when you can enjoy free days at Denver museums and those museums include the Denver Zoo. If you are looking for elephants, lions, tigers (OH MY!), birds and many other types of animals, you've come to the right place.

The Denver Zoo has the Up-Close Animal Encounter, the Elephant passage, which includes 10 acres and 2 miles of paths for the elephants to roam while you watch them, and Bear Farm which was built in 1918 and was the first naturalistic bear habitat in the North America.

Make sure to check the calendar as the 2017 free days are only in the months of January, February, and November.

The 2017 dates are as listed:

  • 1/12
  • 1/20
  • 1/21
  • 2/2
  • 2/12
  • 2/13
  • 11/3
  • 11/6
  • 11/16

>> More details about visiting the Denver Zoo

Botanic Garden

Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Garden also has a variety of free days throughout the year at both locations. The York Street Botanic Garden is near Cheesman Park while the Chatfield Farms location is a few miles away in Littleton.

York Street Botanic Garden

York Street Botanic Garden is a 24 acre area that includes the Mordecai Children's Garden, the Science Pyramid and the Helen Flower Library. There is also dining on site and free tours on certain days of the week.

The 2017 free days for York Street are as listed

  • 1/16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • 2/20 (Presidents' Day)
  • 3/22 (World Water Day)
  • 4/2
  • 6/14
  • 7/17
  • 8/29
  • 11/10 (Winter Gift Market)
  • 11/11 (Winter Gift Market)

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden

The Chatfield Farms location is situated along Deer Creek in Littleton and encompasses over 700 acres of native plants. It is also an authentic working farm.

It includes must sees Wildflower Gardens, the Lavender Garden, and an always kid, and adult favorite, Butterflies at Chatfield area. There is also a Children's Play Area so they can wear themselves out while you relax and enjoy the peace of mother nature.

The 2017 free days for Chatfield Farms are as listed: 

  • 1/3
  • 2/7
  • 3/7
  • 4/4
  • 6/6*
  • 7/15*
  • 8/1*
  • 11/7*

*Butterflies at Chatfield will be open during these Free Days with paid admission for the butterfly house.

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still

If you are an abstract art lover, the Clyfford Still museum is a must see for you. This museum has a large amount of rotating exhibits so you will be sure to see something new each time you visit.

Of all the free days at Denver museums, the Clyfford Still museum allows for many options as it often has both Fridays and Saturdays available for you. These free days are supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Department (SCFD).

The Clyfford Still Museum covers over 10,000 square feet and has 95% of all of Clyfford Still's artwork from around the world. This includes 825 paintings and over 2,300 works on paper. The museum, in and of itself, is a work of art that will enthrall everyone and enhance your visit to it.

The 2017 free days for the Clyfford Still Museum are as listed:

Free First Friday of every month from 5-8 pm (check calendar as they are different from dates listed below

Free all day on the last Friday of every month

  • 1/27
  • 2/24
  • 3/31
  • 4/28
  • 5/26
  • 6/30
  • 7/28
  • 8/25
  • 9/29
  • 10/27
  • 11/24
  • 12/29

Also free days on the first Saturday of every month from May to July on 5/6, 6/3 and 7/1

Four Mile Historic Park

Four Mile Historic Park

The Four Mile Historic Park is a 12 acre park and is home to Denver's oldest standing structure, The Four Mile House. Imagine if you will, as you travel west, along the Cherokee Trail and you arrive in Denver, tired and worn down from the long trip, and you see the wonderful Four Mile House. You'd feel right at home and refreshed the moment you arrive. 

The house was built in 1859 and it, and the park, are registered with the National Register of Historic Places. There is a self-guided tour, where you can visit a blacksmithing store, a stagecoach barn, go inside a tipi, and even get to meet some of their farm animals. The free days are always on the second Saturday of the month from noon to 4 pm.

The 2017 free days at Four Mile Historic Park are as listed:

  • 1/14
  • 2/11
  • 3/11
  • 4/8
  • 5/13
  • 6/10
  • 7/8
  • 8/12
  • 9/9
  • 10/14
  • 11/11
  • 12/9

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys

Miniature Dolls

Voted one of the top museums in Denver, you will want to spend some time checking out all the different exhibits at this incredible museum. The displays range from traditional English tea with miniature tea kettle and cups, to miniature planes and trains, and a miniature circus. There are also special exhibits that change frequently so make sure to check the calendar before your visit.

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys has their free days the first Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm. The museum is free, but unlike the other free days at Denver museums, this museum does suggest that you donate a dollar if you can afford it. 

The 2017 free days at Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys are as listed:

  • 1/8
  • 2/5
  • 3/5
  • 4/2
  • 5/7
  • 6/4
  • 7/2
  • 8/8
  • 9/3
  • 10/1
  • 11/5
  • 12/3

Free Days at Denver Museums by Month

May 2017

Denver Art Museum: 5/6

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: No Free Days This Month

Children's Museum of Denver: 5/2 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: No Free Days This Month

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: No Free Days This Month

Clyfford Still:  5/6 and 5/26

Four Mile Historic Park: 5/13 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 5/7 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> More fun events in May

>> More top things to do in May

June 2017

Denver Art Museum: 6/3

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 6/4

Children's Museum of Denver: 6/6 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: 6/14

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: 6/6

Clyfford Still: 6/3 and 6/30

Four Mile Historic Park: 6/10 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 6/4 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> More fun things to do in Denver this June

>> June calendar of events in June

July 2017

Denver Art Museum: 7/1

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: No Free Days This Month

Children's Museum of Denver: 7/4 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: 7/17

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: 7/15

Clyfford Still: 7/1 and 7/28

Four Mile Historic Park: 7/8 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 7/2 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> Top things to do this July in Denver

>> Full July events calendar

August 2017

Denver Art Museum: 8/5

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 8/6 and 8/28

Children's Museum of Denver: 8/1 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: 8/29

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: 8/1

Clyfford Still: 8/25

Four Mile Historic Park: 8/12 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 8/8 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> Things to do each August

>> August events calendar

September 2017

Denver Art Museum: 9/2

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 9/17

Children's Museum of Denver: 9/5 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Clyfford Still: 9/29

Four Mile Historic Park: 9/9 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 9/3 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> September things to do

>> September events calendar

October 2017

Denver Art Museum: 10/7

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 10/16

Children's Museum of Denver: 10/3 from 4 pm to 8 pm

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Clyfford Still: 10/27 

Four Mile Historic Park: 10/14 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 10/1 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> More things to do in October

>> Events calendar for this October

November 2017

Denver Art Museum: 11/4

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 11/13

Children's Museum of Denver: 11/7

Denver Zoo: Friday 11/3, 11/6 and 11/16

York Street Botanic Garden: 11/10 and 11/11 (Winter Gift Market both days)

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: 11/7

Clyfford Still: 11/24

Four Mile Historic Park: 11/11 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 11/5 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> Additional activities in November

>> November events

December 2017

Denver Art Museum: 12/2

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 12/10

Children's Museum of Denver: 12/5

Denver Zoo: No Free Days this Month

York Street Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Chatfield Farms Botanic Garden: No Free Days this Month

Clyfford Still: 12/29

Four Mile Historic Park: 12/9 from noon to 4 pm

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys: 12/3 from 1 pm to 4 pm

>> December events

>> More things to do in December


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