The American Museum of Western Art, located in downtown Denver, Colorado, is set to celebrate Denver Arts Week. The week, which runs November 6th to 14th, recognizes the arts and culture of Colorado’s capital city, and includes a number of free events.

Founded in 2010 to house and publicly display paintings and art work representing the American West, the American Museum of Western Art contains works ranging from the early 19th century to the contemporary era. The museum is located in the historic Navarre Building, which was constructed in 1880.

The background story of the building itself is interesting, with its uses ranging from a school to a late 19th century “sporting house”, where men gambled while accompanied by female “escorts”,  to a dining club and later a jazz club in the 1960s. Incredibly, ownership of the building was lost in a late 19th century card game and it soon after acquired the name The Navarre, after a French king known for his enjoyment of the high life.

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As part of Denver Arts Week, the museum is offering free admission for both guided and self-guided tours on Monday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 11th. Residents and visitors to Denver can register for a tour via Tickets. This writer has toured the collection and it is very impressive.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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