Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Museum in Colorado Springs

Fully renovated in 2007, this expansive museum and 400-seat theater originally opened in 1936. The museum’s collection is surprisingly sophisticated, with some terrific Latin American art and photography, and great rotating exhibits that draw from the 23,000 pieces in its permanent collection.

Other pieces you can expect to see here include Mexican clay figures, Native American basketry and quilts, wood-cut prints from social-justice artist Leopoldo Mendez, and terrific abstract work from local artists such as Vance Kirkland and Floyd Tunson. The biggest and most famous work is Richard Diebenkorn’s Urbana No 4, an abstract that’s exhibited around the world.

The sculpture garden and vast lawn out back are great for lounging and occasional concerts, and the Bemis School of Art is attached to the museum.