The ritzy Colorado ski town has long nurtured, and invested in, creative pursuits.

1 Aspen Art Museum

Walk along East Hyman Ave, past the Victorian-era shopfronts and restaurants until you hit a 3000sq m, box-shaped edifice that resembles a giant wicker basket. This dazzling building is less than 10 years old, but the non-collecting museum it houses was founded in 1979. The heart of Aspen’s contemporary art scene, it’s a recipient of the US National Medal for Museum and Library Services for its educational outreach to rural communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. Climb the glass curtain-lined grand staircase to the fourth-floor rooftop sculpture garden for views of Aspen Mountain, and peruse ever-rotating exhibitions in the 14 exhibition spaces. German figurative painter Florian Krewer’s first American solo exhibition, Everybody Rise, closes on September 24, and a series of artist-led presentations on intergenerational art, Lover’s Discourse, runs until January 2024. Free entry.

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