Quirky, independent, and intellectual, Denver's resident contemporary arts museum has risen in recent years, catalyzed by a move from the Central Business District to a slick new building in the Central Platte Valley on the west side of downtown in 2007, then the hiring of Adam Lerner as director in 2009. Today MCA Denver is one of the city's hippest cultural institutions, with a great slate of rotating exhibits and event series like “Mixed Taste,” a Thursday night speaker series featuring two divergent experts—recent dates have teamed sould food with Salvador Dali and minimalism with giant wombats. Expect to spend about an hour or two here.