Colorado

Denver’s Night at the Museum 2015

Night at the Museum was a success this past Saturday. My boyfriend, two friends, and I ended up going to the Art Museum and the History Colorado Center.

We started in the Art Museum and spent 2 1/2 hours there. We met up with two other friends and roamed around looking at European, Native American, and Eastern art. There is A LOT of Native American art in that museum, it was kind of surprising. So if you’re into that kind of art, you should definitely go.

Gene enjoying the comfy chairs

There was some cool contemporary art that I pretended to understand and some European art that was more to my taste. At one point, while waiting for the others to catch up, I started watching and listening to the people around me. It was fun to hear what others were saying about the art. It’s great how different people can all enjoy art. Even if we don’t appreciate it at the same level, we still get joy from looking at it.

What I really enjoyed though was walking through the Indian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern sections. This was where the really good stuff was.

I like seeing items that are extremely old. Knowing that my brain can’t truly comprehend how old something is past like a few hundred years, seeing artifacts that are thousands of years old blows my mind.

The art museum had a bowl from Iran that went back as far as 3500 B.C. (see picture on left). How insane is that?! I loved it, especially the antelope that were painted on it. Imagine long ago a person painting these images and details on this bowl. Who were they? What did they use the bowl for?

After exhausting ourselves walking up and down the seven flights of stairs at the art museum, we walked over to the History Colorado Center to check out the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) exhibit and the Toy exhibit.

Iran, 1000 B.C.

Sadly, I was quite disappointed by the RMNP exhibit. I have very fond feelings towards the RMNP and the exhibit just fell flat for me. I grew up going to Grand Lake in the summers and hiking the trails of the park. Perhaps it was because I was already tired from the art museum, but I was only finding stuff about Estes Park.

I didn’t see anything about hiking or the trails and I quickly lost interest. We made our way to the toy exhibit after that and was bombarded with awesome toys from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Since I had visited this exhibit a few months ago I found a couch and watched toy commercials for a bit. Then I watched young and old try to hool-a-hoop, that was fun.

After getting our fill of toys we all went to an Irish pub and had a late dinner. It was a fun evening and I’m glad it got me out of the house!

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