Immersion art exhibit brings iconic artwork up close and personal, July 4 through August 13. 

Would you love to see the Sistine Chapel but just have not been able to make the trek to Rome? Well, Denver, you are in luck because the Sistine Chapel is coming to you!

The very first large scale art presentation from The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition," is making its way to the Mile High City this summer and giving you a unique chance to take in some of history’s most celebrated artwork right here in the Rocky Mountains.

This immersive and highly praised art experience will reside in the 10,000-square-foot hangar of the Stanley Marketplace complex. A different experience from Vatican City, the refurbished aircraft hangar will be transformed into a temporary art museum. With tours scheduled all over the world, including this Denver exhibit, it's making a big impression.

Art experts using new and exciting art technology recreated Michelangelo's historic artworks to create this new presentation of the 33 beloved Frescoes, along with The Last Judgement and the altar wall that Michelangelo painted 25 years after the iconic chapel ceiling. Each piece was reproduced at almost original size. However, the images are not curved as the chapel ceiling is, and some of the bordering devices used are not included on the replicas. For example, the iconic Ignudi Angels are not included in this version of the Sistine Chapel. This was done to help the images fit into the overall design of the exhibit.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel | Courtesy of  Facebook, "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition"

The replicas are positioned throughout the exhibit space, creating a semi-structure inside the artwork. This allows the visitor to examine and view the art up close, something not possible in the actual chapel. There is no time constraint, and visitors can move freely throughout the space -- a very modern and interactive way to observe this famed art and gain a new perspective and inspiration from the revered works.

An optional immersive audio guide is available to rent that gives further insight into the history of each piece, and is offered in five different languages; English, German, French, Chinese, and Spanish.

Here’s everything you need to know to skip that passport and spend a little time with Rome this summer.

  • The Hangar at Stanley-Stanley Marketplace is located at 2501 Dallas Street, #135 in Aurora, Colorado.
  • The exhibit will run for six weeks from July 4 until August 13.
  • Early-bird ticket pricing of $11 lasts until May 21, 2019, and can be used any time during the six weeks. After that, general admission prices go up to $16; children 6 and under get in free; and students with a valid ID are $12. Groups over 10 people get in for $10/person.
  • Parking is free but limited; street parking is available in the surrounding area.
  • Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with some extended hours being offered on select weekends.
  • Tickets are available online here, or at The Hangar box office throughout the exhibit's run.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Courtesy of  Facebook, "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition"

An hour or two with the art will drum up a great appetite, however, food and beverage are not allowed in the exhibit space. The Stanley Marketplace has no shortage of tasty beer, beverages, and drool-worthy snacks to satisfy the whole family. A community of over 50 independent and local Colorado businesses makes up this eclectic and inviting compound with a pour-it-yourself beer hall, The Hangar event center, and local favorites such as Cheluna Brewing Co.Denver Biscuit Company, and Glazed and Confused's ridiculously good doughnuts. 

SEE Global Entertainment, the Las Vegas company behind the exhibit, has created other immersion exhibits showcasing reproductions of Frida Kahlo's works, The Titanic Official Movie Tour, and the Museum of Failures.

A great opportunity for a fun date, a long remembered family outing, or a contemplative solo afternoon immersed in art, there is no time like right now to get those tickets!

Will you be checking out the exhibition? Have you been to the Sistine Chapel before? If so, please share your photos or comments below!