This museum is the city’s major repository of Latin American art. It seeks to showcase the diversity of Latin American art and culture, and to educate its visitors in the process. The institution was founded in response to the lack of a permanent space dedicated solely to Latino art, and the Latino community’s rapid growth in the Denver area.
The museum’s works range from the ancient to the contemporary, and cross all media. Its permanent collection includes more than 4,000 objects, many donated by the collectors Eleanor and Irving Tragen and Bill and Retha Bloodworth. It is roughly categorized into the groups “The Ancient Art of the Americas” and “Art of the People.”
Past exhibitions have included a group show of contemporary works by Latino artists such as Linda Arreola and Chuck Ramirez, a group exhibition focusing on the idea of the line in contemporary art, and an exhibition of works that show the artists as “space invaders.” It also screens films and hosts discussions on Latino art.
Museo de las Americas Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 1-minute walk from bus 1 at Santa Fe Drive/West 8th Avenue; and a 3-minute walk from bus 9 at Santa Fe Drive/West 10th Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays
- Admission: $4 adult, $3 students and seniors, free for members and children under 13. Free admission for everyone on the first Friday of every month from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
- Membership: $45 individual, $60 couple. Benefits include free admission, 15% discount at the gift shop, discounted prices to special museum events, and access to exclusive members-only events.