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From saddles to washing machines, Colorado has a plethora of niche museums. What does their future hold?

The Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum is seen on July 31. Maxwell has a collection of nearly 1,700 machines at his museum in Eaton. (Jessica Gibbs, Special to The Colorado Sun) Lee Maxwell has spent a lot of quality time inside junkyards. What was trash to someone else could have been just the trinket he […]

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Anti-mask anger forces Children’s Museum of Denver to temporarily close

By James Anderson, The Associated Press A Colorado children’s museum is the latest casualty of harassment by people angry over mask mandates designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, for decades a popular downtown attraction primarily devoted to those age 8 and under, temporarily closed on Wednesday because of […]

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Rauschenberg show at Museum of Outdoor Arts invites viewers to reflect, literally

Some of Robert Rauschenberg’s early works made him seem a rather dark and brooding artist. His series of black paintings stand out in memory — and his white paintings and red paintings — puzzling panels of solid color inviting deep dissertations on light and the lack thereof. Some heavy intellectualizing greeted each canvas. Rauschenberg later […]

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Colorado is home to a collection of classic Shelby muscle cars. But are they just bygone relics in the Uber era?

A 6-foot-tall photo of Carroll Shelby looms large over the entrance of the Shelby American Collection. He’s a rockstar in American car and racing culture, and museum president Steve Volk wants visitors to know that. “He put American cars on the map, by winning and showing what an American car can do,” Volk said. “He […]

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To right historic wrongs, Colorado museums embraced spirit of a law that repatriated Native American artifacts and remains — largely by listening

Behind locked metal doors at History Colorado, Sheila Goff slips between towering rows of movable storage cabinets and opens one compartment that holds several artifacts from one of the state’s Ute tribes. Using green nitrile gloves, she carefully removes a pipe bowl, which purposely has been detached from its stem for storage. This minute but […]