Things to do in Fort Collins: Museum of Discovery

For an immersive and interactive museum experience that combines science and the culture of Fort Collins, look no further than the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. The museum is one of the city’s gems, welcoming visitors of all ages to learn about the vibrant community that makes up Fort Collins.

The History of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) opened in 2012. It was the result of the merging of two other museums: The City of Fort Collins Museum established in 1941 and the Discovery Science Center established in 1989. The intersection of science and culture is at the heart of FCMoD, and the continued partnership between the museum and the City of Fort Collins helps keep the museum going. FCMoD was also made possible by support from members of the Fort Collins community.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Activities and Exhibitions at the Museum

The FCMoD attracts Fort Collins residents and tourists alike. In the years since the museum has opened, it’s welcomed almost one million visitors from all 50 states. The museum’s long-term interactive exhibits cover a vast array of topics, from the Music & Sound Lab to the Animal Encounters exhibit. You can discover wildlife, the earth’s place in the universe, how energy works, the history of the first people in Northern Colorado, and more.

In addition to its exhibits, the museum also boasts four buildings of historical importance at the Heritage Courtyard and the OtterBox Digital Dome 360-degree immersive theater. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery hosts several programs and activities throughout the year for people of all ages. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can catch a show at the Digital Dome Theater or take part in an on-site event during the week.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum has also started offering virtual programs and online videos to help people discover at home as well.

How to Get There

The FCMoD is right at the heart of Fort Collins, with sprawling Lee Martinez Community Park directly adjacent. It’s only a few minutes’ drive from downtown, so you can easily find a place to grab lunch or have a cup of coffee when you’re done discovering at FCMoD.

The FCMoD is one of Fort Collins’ most important institutions, creating meaningful opportunities to learn and helping inspire people to explore and discover the world around them. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon and get to know Fort Collins a little better.

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