Doors Open Denver

Doors Open Denver is a FREE 2-day event celebrating architecture and design. The 2012 theme is “Denver Landmarks.”

Doors Open Denver LogoDoors Open Denver welcomes you into Denver’s most notable buildings. This FREE annual event provides the public a free all-access pass to experience Denver’s architecture and design at its best while exploring our most distinctive buildings. Our theme for 2012 is “Denver Landmarks” and will feature some of the greatest memories of Denver embedded in all of these sites.

2012 is the eighth year of Doors Open Denver. The event is designed to create access, awareness and excitement about our city’s landmarks by welcoming a wide audience into distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design. At the same time, it is an opportunity to invite Denver residents, as well as people from around the region, to come see what Denver has to offer and celebrate the city.

Approximately 80 sites are participating during the event weekend, April 14-15.

Here is a “Sneak Peak” of some of this year’s Doors Open Denver Expert Tours:

Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek of the History Colorado Center
Clyfford Still Museum Tour
Daniels & Fisher: To the Top of the Tower Tour
Historic Sixteenth Street
Jefferson Park Neighborhood
The Brown Palace Hotel
Whittier Neighborhood Tour

How Can You Enjoy Doors Open Denver?

DOD ToursSelf-Guided Tours
You may begin your self-guided tour at any participating Doors Open Denver location. The free program guide, distributed the week before the event, contains descriptions of participating sites and a map to help you plan your visits. You may visit sites on your own, in any order, throughout the event weekend.

Expert Tours
Expert Tours are walking tours led by volunteer tour guides. No admission fee is required, however participants must pre-register on the tour day to reserve a place. Tours have limited capacity but many tours are offered more than once. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. (More information on pre-registration will be available on the website.)

Urban Adventures
Having a hard time trying to decide which buildings to visit? Take an Urban Adventure, with suggested self-guided tours inside the guide.

Design Your Own Tour
Tailor your own tour to your interests by going to: There you will be able to sort the sites by location, architect or year!

More Info About Doors Open Denver

DOD BannersAttendance & Demographics
In 2011 Doors Open Denver sites reported more than 60,000 visits in two days!

As a city-wide free event, Doors Open Denver appeals to a broad range of people. Participants include everyone from families who want to explore their city to college students looking for a fun way to spend a day to people interested in architecture. The event primarily attracts Denver Metro area residents.

Doors Open Denver Web Site
The Doors Open Denver web site also includes specific days and hours, accessibility and photography restrictions, public transportation information and web site address. Please visit the DOD web site ( and the individual location’s web site for much more information.

Our Doors Open Denver photo gallery features the Denver Art Museum, The Cable Center, and The Cell.