Econo Lodge Thornton - Denver North
12101 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80241
Phone: (303) 280-9818
Fax: (303) 280-6361
Arts & Museums
Most people view Boulder as a mountain playground, or as a cozy tourist destination. But Boulder's true heritage lies in mining. Driving through the area you cannot help but notice mining's manifestations on the surrounding landscape. The Lafayette Miners Museum celebrates the mining tradition in a restored coal mining cabin. Dating back to the 1890s, the six room cabin, run by the Louisville Historical Society, features period clothing and furniture, along with various mining tools of the day.
The interactive museum that welcomes the children and educates them in all major aspects of life which include the areas of arts, science, life and several other subjects. The museum is called the WOW! Children's Museum and it features a reading corner with a pirate ship, a grocery store, play house, sand castle, train village, dinosaurs, music room, science area, etc. and a lot more. With a dance and snack area too, this place is a great learning and recreation place for the kids.
The Louisville Historical Museum is handily located in the heart of downtown Louisville and is a lovely change of pace from the shopping, restaurants, and general festivals of the area. Featuring both traditional relic displays and one of the original homes in Louisville preserved from the 1800s, the Louisville Historical Museum offers a hands-on educational experience for those wanting to know a bit about the mining town's origins and about what life was like for early Colorado settlers. The museum has mining instruments, photos, and special exhibits commemorating important moments in town history, while the house is an exciting way for younger visitors to see what it was like to live without television, Internet, or running water. The museum is open to the public twice a week and to groups every other day. Every first Saturday, admission is free! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Crash 45 is a versatile venue that puts on many hats and is successful at everything that it tries out. A restaurant/bar that also doubles up as an art gallery is fast gaining popularity. The funky lighting system and generous use of red and bright golden colors all over the place adds a lively vibe to it. Designed by Shane Evans, Crash 45 is made from recycled and old stuff including parts of old trucks, bicycles and vintage bikes, that further adds to its coolness quotient. Its menu is a typical pub fare including dishes like Asian Dan Wings, burgers and so forth. And last but not the least are the unique events hosted here; motorcycle nights, art openings, DJ sessions and other events are a regular feature here. You can also hire Crash 45 for private events and celebrations. For more details, call ahead or check its website.
Devoted to all things on wheels, this Denver museum features a collection of over 500 trains, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and other rare automobiles. Guests can explore one of the famed steam engines affectionately names Big Boys, peer inside a 1927 Rolls Royce and even drive off with one of their classic cars for sale! The museum can also be rented for private celebrations and corporate functions. Be sure to visit their website for upcoming events.
Located in the River North Art District (RiNo), Ironton Studios and Gallery provides studio and gallery space to local artists free of charge in exchange for their commitment to this space. Ironton was one of the first art establishments to pave the way for the RiNo burgeoning arts district and is a vital space for the exchange and promotion of artistic ideas.
Fitting in with northwest Denver's progressive art scene, this stark gallery is perfect for anyone interested in cutting edge, mind-probing art. Because the gallery is non-profit it can feature daring art that more mainstream galleries would never touch. Hence, it is an explosion of unique and at times, experimental work. You will find local, national and international artists in every medium including photography, sculpture and performance art. Call or check website ahead for the calendar of new shows and exhibits, which change weekly.
Pirate has existed for over 20 years as a creatively exciting co-op for contemporary artists. The featured artists usually display painting of all mediums, sculpture, and photography, plus full installations and performance art from time to time. The north Denver location is a haven for artists discouraged with the trendy scene of Cherry Creek and downtown which tend to be less daring. This gallery prides itself in offering important but affordable alternative design.
This collective artist-run gallery is one of Denver's most dynamic spaces for emerging, boundary-crossing art. Featuring a diversified program of contemporary art, performance, multimedia, film, and installations, it is the go-to for culture buffs thirsty for cutting-edge talent. Julie Puma, Jerry Morris, Sarah Rockett and Amber Fries are just a few famous artists who have been featured here. Check website for detailed schedule.
Lapis Gallery has the market on diversity by selling all kinds of art, ranging from sculpture and pottery to works made from stone, glass, metal and wood. It focuses on local artists, but occasionally displays established regional and national artists. The owners here are also skilled craftsmen. They build and sell custom-made furniture which manages to blend function with style. They also do some steel grinding, and sell their own oil-based paint.
This museum, which started as a personal collection, explores a missing passage in the history of America. Through its exhibits of photographs and artifacts you learn that one-third of America's cowboys were African-American, and that the African-American pioneers were among some of the nation's earliest millionaires. African-Americans were an important part of the westward migration and you can learn all about it here.
Redline is a contemporary art space that supports the intersections of community, art experimentation and education. The gallery, which is housed in a building designed the architects Semple-Brown in the Northeast area of Denver, contains a roomy gallery showcasing the works of its artist-residents, as well as creations by community members. Indeed, in addition to monthly exhibits, Redline strives to reach out to homeless populations and local public school youth through its solid arts-education programs; their work is often featured on its walls. As a result, Redline has created a vibrant, engaging space that invites everyone--artist or public--to rethink the line between artist and community.