Chihuly frequently asked questions
1. When does the Chihuly exhibition open?
The Chihuly exhibition is on view June 14 – November 30, 2014.
2. Where will the Chihuly exhibition be located?
The Chihuly exhibition is on view at the York Street location. The exhibition will not be staged in Mordecai Children’s Garden at York Street or at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
3. Will there be an extra ticket price for the exhibition?
The exhibition is included in the general admission. Buy tickets here.
4. Will members get to see the exhibition for free?
Yes, members continue to receive unlimited free admission throughout the exhibition. Members also get discounted admission to Chihuly-related ticketed events, such as Chihuly Nights. Due to special Day of the Dead programming on Saturday, November 1, members are required to pay a discounted admission.
5. What is the fastest way for members to gain admission during the Chihuly exhibition?
We want to make your Chihuly experience memorable and easy, so we are offering online member ticketing.
- Member and allotted guest tickets are free, advance reservation recommended for expedited entry. Get tickets in advance.
- Tickets will arrive via email so you can print or show on a smart phone for scanning.
- You can purchase tickets for guests beyond your member-level allotment.
- If unable to visit on your selected date, the tickets are valid the duration of Chihuly.
- Due to the anticipated crowds in the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center, we ask that you wait for your party outside.
- You may come to the Gardens and check in with your card; however the fastest entry will be via online ticketing.
6. Will there be special hours for the exhibition?
Through November 30, the Gardens is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
7. Is there an audio tour available for the exhibition?
Yes. You may download the free Chihuly tour on your smartphone. Available in both English and Spanish, the self-paced tour illuminates insights about his ideas and inspirations. Get started now by texting the word ARTIST to 56512.
8. Parking and transportation
Limited free parking is available in our parking complex between Josephine and York Streets. Street parking is also available in Cheesman Park where posted.
- Vans — Due to height restrictions, vans should park on the top deck of parking complex.
- RVs — Due to weight restrictions, RVs are not permitted in the parking complex.
Looking for the easiest way to get to the Gardens? Try RTD buses or Denver B-cycle: bus route info and denver.bcycle.com. A B-Cycle station is next to the Gardens’ York Street> entrance.
Parking permit required Oct. 3 - Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m. during Chihuly Nights. If our parking lot is full, free parking is often also available in Congress Park, accessed from Josephine St. near 9th Ave. PLEASE NOTE: During Chihuly Nights, street parking will be restricted in many areas around the Gardens. Pay attention to city parking signs. Denver Botanic Gardens is not responsible for parking tickets. Arrive with plenty of time to find parking. We encourage carpooling and public transportation. Here is a map showing residential streets where a parking permit is needed ››
We partnered with car2go (shared car program) and reserved seven parking spots on the York Street location’s top parking deck for car2go’s blue and white Smart cars (and mopeds/motorcycles). SPECIAL OFFER: $10 car2go membership and 60 minutes of free drive time. Visit Denver car2go to become a member and use promotion code Botanic1060.
For information on construction and events near the Gardens that may impact your drive and/or parking, please refer to the City of Denver’s website:
Event-related street closures
- Members, when the parking garage is full, please consider parking in Cheesman Park and utilize the Gardens’ west gate if you have a membership key fob. Cheesman Gate admission access for members with key fobs and their guests only.
9. Is Denver Botanic Gardens ADA accessible?
Most of our indoor and outdoor gardens and facilities, including restrooms and classrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking is located in the Gardens’ parking structure. Free wheelchairs are available at the Information Desk in the Boettcher Memorial Center. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis. A driver's license or identification card is retained during use.
10. Can I buy food or beverages at the Gardens?
Offshoots Café is open year-round and is located in the main building. The Hive, a new outdoor café, is open seasonally.
11. I heard that other places had after-dark illuminated hours. Will that happen at the Gardens?
Yes, Chihuly Nights will take place October 3 – November 30, 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 member. Gardens members will receive two, one-time use free tickets by reserving them online.
12. Why don’t you have Chihuly Nights open now instead of waiting until October?
Chihuly Nights take place in October and November to take advantage of fall’s early sunset. The artworks are illuminated every night so you may visit any evening, but the experience will be different June – September since full darkness doesn’t come until late evening.
13. Can I take photographs of the art?
Photography is permitted for personal use only and cannot be used commercially. You can share on social media and use the hashtag #ChihulyinDenver. You can also share your photos with Chihuly Studio: Facebook | @ChihulyStudio
14. Is this the first Chihuly exhibition in Denver?
This is the first major outdoor exhibition of Chihuly’s work in the Rocky Mountain Region.
15. Will Chihuly speak at the Gardens?
Chihuly gave a lecture and book signing on opening day, June 14.
16. Will the Shop at the Gardens carry Chihuly products?
The Shop at the Gardens features Chihuly workshop exhibition-related merchandise, including Studio Editions and prints. A special Chihuly gallery within the Shop has been created to showcase glass, prints, books and other merchandise.
17. Is smoking allowed at the Gardens?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Gardens (including electronic cigarettes). Denver Botanic Gardens is a non-smoking facility by city ordinance.
18. Can I bring my pet with me?
Please do not bring pets into the Gardens; support animals are permitted.