DENVER – If you’re a furloughed federal employee in Colorado looking for something to do during the government shutdown, why not visit a museum if you have several hours to kill?
More than dozen museums across the state are offering free admission to employees affected by the government shutdown – and some museums are even allowing not only employees, but their families as well, to come along.
On Friday, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science announced it was doing away with its $16.95 general admission price for adults for federal employees and one guest, so long as they presented a valid federal I.D. badge.
Three days later, the Denver Art Museum followed suit, saying in a tweet it was offering free admission to the museum, but that special exhibitions such “Dior: From Paris to the World,” were not included in the deal.
The Denver Art Museum is offering free general admission to all furloughed federal government employees plus one guest through Jan. 31, 2019. Please note, "Dior: From Paris to the World" is not included in general admission and requires a separate ticket. https://t.co/uQPHWynZIX— Denver Art Museum (@DenverArtMuseum) January 7, 2019
Both of these offers allow free admission to federal employees plus one guest through the end of this month.
The Colorado Railroad Museum located in Golden added itself to the mix on Sunday, stating in a press release that it was offering free admission to all federal employees and their immediate family members. You must present a valid government-issued I.D. at the museum admission desk in order to get in free.
These three museums aren’t the only ones offering free admission with a valid federal I.D. badge, though. Denver7 reached out to more than a dozen museum across the state and was able to confirm the following 23 museums are offering free admission during the government shutdown.
1. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave - Golden, Colorado
2. Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House - Denver
3. Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado
4. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College - Colorado Springs, Colo.
5. Denver Art Museum - Denver
6. Denver Firefighters Museum - Denver
7. Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Denver
8. Dinosaur Journey - Fruita, Colo.
9. Dinosaur Ridge (federal employee + 3 guests are allowed in; free admission until February 15) - Morrison, Colorado
10. El Pueblo History Museum - Pueblo, Colorado
11. Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center - Fort Garland, Colorado
12. Fort Vasquez - Platteville, Colorado
13. Four Mile Historic Park - Denver
14. Golden History Museum + Park - Golden, Colorado
15. Hart Research Library - Denver
16. Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin - Leadville, Colorado
17. History Colorado Center - Denver
18. Museum of Colorado Prisons - Cañon City, Colorado
19. Museum of the West/Museum of Western Colorado - Grand Junction, Colo.
20. Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation and State Historical Fund - Denver
21. Trinidad History Museum - Trinidad, Colorado
22. Ute Indian Museum - Montrose, Colorado
23. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum - Denver
Colorado has more than 54,000 federal workers and hundreds of them have already filed for unemployment benefits as they feel the sting of the government shutdown, which is nearing the end of its 19th day.
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