Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
The museum’s mission is to create meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture. It was created through a public and private partnership between the City of Fort Collins Museum (established 1941) and the nonprofit Discovery Science Center (established 1989). Together they opened their new Platinum LEED Certified facility in 2012. Since then they have served an audience comprised of mostly Coloradans (80%), as well as visitors from 45 other states and 5 continents. They offer a small percentage of their 38,000 objects to be viewed at any given time, but if you’re interested in researching something in detail you’re welcome to contact their Curations Collector.
Their current exhibits focus on the natural world, humans and their movements across the land and music and sound. They offer programs such as ‘garage studio’ where you’re welcome to bring your own music equipment or borrow theirs and learn about what it takes to make a recording. Also on deck is ‘take apart day’ where you can take things apart and see if you can figure out what the inside of electronics looks like. The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society has their monthly meeting here, where you are welcome to join to learn about things like tracking satellites, the science of black holes and more.
The OtterBox Digital Dome Theater is a 21st century take on a planetarium, only way cooler. The gigantic 35 foot diameter dome screen hosts everything from space exploration to fulldome films and according to their schedule it looks like they have something for every age.
A large collection of photographs, books, maps, newspapers, oral histories, and much more is available through The Fort Collins History Connection at http://history.fcgov.com which is an online collaboration between the Poudre River Public Library District and FCMoD.
Cost: Adult $9.50, Senior $7.00, Student (with valid ID) $7.00, Junior (ages 3-12) $6.00, Children 2 & under free Location: 408 Mason Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80524
Office Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30AM-6PM, Thursday open until 8PM, Closed Monday and Holidays