Most Denver-area attractions have closed to the public; others likely to follow in the coming days.
On the heels of Denver's Mayor Hancock closing DMV offices and shutting down in-house dining at restaurants, more establishments are closing their doors to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
The Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, and many other metro-area attractions have all decided to temporarily close, effective immediately.
"We have been following all federal, state, and local recommendations and closely monitoring updates through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19. At the request of the City and County of Denver and the State of Colorado, we have closed all Denver Botanic Gardens locations indefinitely," the gardens said in an email to members.
"The Museum is closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Details of this pandemic are changing moment by moment and as we listen to the science, research suggests that there is much more for us to learn and consider," said DMNS in a statement. "After conversations with health officials from the administrations of Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be closed to the public until further notice. We will provide refunds for admission and event tickets purchased during our closure period."
Other attractions that have temporarily closed include:
- Butterfly Pavilion, closed until at least April 5
- Children's Museum of Denver, closed indefinitely
- Clyfford Still Museum, closed indefinitely
- Colorado Railroad Museum, closed through at least March 31
- Denver Art Museum, closed through at least March 31
- Denver Firefighter's Museum, closed though at least April 7
- History Colorado Center, closed until at least April 4
- Molly Brown House, closed indefinitely
- Museum of Contemporary Art, closed indefinitely
- Wings over the Rockies, both locations closed indefinitely
- U.S. Mint, Denver, has closed tours and gift shop
It's a safe bet that most any museum in the Denver area and beyond is or will be closing, as well. Once the COVID-19 outbreak is behind us, be sure to check attractions' websites before you plan any visits to ensure they have opened.
BUT, if you'd still like to get a sense of culture and education, these six museums are offering virtual tours!
Do you know of any other closures? Let us know in the comments, so we can add it to the list.