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Aspen Art Museum, Aspen

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  • Try the coffee shop on the top floor. Great views of Aspen Mountain. Art museum is a nice diversion from outdoor activities. Great gift shop!  more »
  • Part of the museum was closed the day we visited. The rooms that were open were interesting. Its very modern art so you have to enjoy that aesthetic. There is literature to explain the installations. ...  more »
  • The museums exhibits are usually overrated and pretentious as is the entire building. The food in the cafe is good but other than that I wouldn't waste my time. I live in the area and have seen very f...  more »
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  • Average modern art museum for adults. It’s free, that’s why I gave it a second star. If you have kids and see this advertised as an option for something to do in Aspen with kids, RUN AWAY! For starters, the art isn’t appropriate for kids, but most of all, the staff is SO uptight! I let my year-and-a-half old walk through the galleries, and at least once every minute (literally), the staff kept saying, “Don’t touch!” I obviously was keeping a close eye on him and was making sure myself he wasn’t touching anything, but the staff were definitely adding to the stress of the situation. I had to tell one of the staff, “I HEAR YOU! I’m watching my son and he isn’t touching anything! It’s an art museum after all, I know nothing is to be touched!” So, unless you (as an adult) are extremely bored in Aspen, or absolutely love modern art and feel you have to go, I wouldn’t recommend coming here (even though it’s free). And again, DON’T TOUCH THE ART! D - U - H !
  • This is the worst museum i have ever visited. THE WORST. I don't want to comment the art they displayed, which "were several piles of construction materials" as commented in another review. The reason we felt so disappointed is how they treat visitors. We have a 7 year old and a 2 year old. So we were told more than 10 times that do not touch anything, do not touch anything, do not touch anything..... They have about 7 or 8 people protecting their treasures (i visited Portland Art Museum about 1 week earlier than this visit; i saw about the same number of staff in the whole museum which is at least 10 times bigger); every one of them told us: do not touch anything, do not touch anything, do not touch anything..... Even worse, in the basement, there are 3 rooms with about 3 displays. One guide chose to follow our 7 year old instead of guiding us(2 year old in my arm, so no harm). tightly, two steps behind my son. Wherever my son went, the guide followed him. What really irritated me was that, when we stand in front an art piece, to reduce the hazard, he just told my son that there is no big deal for that piece, because "you can make it in your backyard". Is that a joke? You guys put that much effort to protect something we can make by our own in our backyard? We were out of the museum after 10 minutes since we started. it is simply a ridiculous place inside. Nice building outside though.
  • Amazing for a free museum, and absolutely beautiful architecture. Cafe at the top is great too! Definite stop anytime i'm in town.
  • Your name pops up when searching for STD testing clinics but great place.
  • This place was a joke. There were several piles of construction materials which consisted of the first floor gallery. It was explained to me that this is an artistic impression and that everything was made out of polyurethane. Even a pile of fake 2x4s. You got to be kidding me. On another floor was a blanket with 2 stuffed animals laying on the floor. That is art??
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