Why You Should Visit the Aspen Art Museum

Skiing isn’t the only attraction in town

Aspen’s claim to fame might be world-class skiing, but it’s not the only reason why to visit this beloved destination. Did you know that the city happens boasts a hip arts scene that defies its diminutive size? And the crown jewel is the Aspen Art Museum.

Originally founded in 1979, it moved to its current address in 2014, into a striking 33,000-square-foot structure envisioned by acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban. As it’s a non-collecting institution, exhibits are constantly on rotation—past artists include Takashi Murakami, Diane Arbus, and Chuck Close. And when your appetite kicks in, beeline upstairs to SO Cafe. This airy and light-filled daytime eatery helmed by Julia and Allen Domingos doles out seasonal snacks, salads, and sandwiches, which change weekly. Simply order at the register, and within minutes, you’ll be presented with a flavorful, ingredient-driven meal that won’t slow you down.

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