Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is a museum dedicated to the rich history and culture of the area. Formerly known as Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center, the two separate institutions came together in 2008 to present a single science and cultural resource for the community of Fort Collins.

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery features a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, ranging from agricultural implements, paintings and a collection of Folsom materials, housed in multiple galleries. The mission of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is to creates meaningful opportunities for the community to be inspired and educated through interactive and informative exhibits and displays. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery



The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery began as the Pioneer Museum in 1941 which served the community under the curatorship of Clyde Brown for more than 35 years before relocating to the old Carnegie Library building and becoming the Fort Collins Museum. The Museum then merged with the Discovery Science Center in 2008 to evolve into a renowned regional center focusing on the rich history and culture of the area. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Photo: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery features multiple galleries that house both temporary and permanent exhibitions of the Museum’s collection of historical artifacts and items. Numbering over 30,000, objects found in the collection includes paintings, clothing, agricultural implements, household necessities, and a collection of Folsom materials discovered at the Lindenmeier Archaeological Site. The Museum’s collection also includes four historic structures –a schoolhouse and three cabins that can be found in the Heritage Courtyard. One of the cabins is known as ‘Auntie Stone’s Cabin and is the oldest cabin in the Fort Collins area. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Photo: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery boasts 16,000 square foot of gallery space that features a unique mix of interactive exhibits and displays in an open-plan layout for visitors to explore and have fun while learning.

Natural Areas

This exhibition showcases the natural areas around Fort Collins from the secluded river walk of the Gustav Swanson Natural Area to the extensive open spaces of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. Visitors can learn about the fantastic recreational opportunities that these areas offer, as well as watch two live black-footed ferrets at play.

Music & Sound Lab

Music & Sound Lab explores the physics of sound and the technology behind all of history’s most famous musical inventions from wax cylinders to iPods. Visitors will get the chance to try their hand at playing drums, guitars, and keyboards.

Wildlands & Wildlife

Wildlands & Wildlife delves into flora and fauna of the Fort Collins area and discovers what life was like millions of years ago at the fossil wall. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Photo: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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»More Exhibits

More Exhibits

People on the Move

People on the Move explores the story of Fort Collins - from its founding as a military camp in 1864 to today.

First Peoples

This exhibit looks at the people that lived in the area 13,000 years ago - long before the first European settlers arrived and how they lived along the rivers and hunted the plains and mountains.

Food, Forage, and Farm

This exhibit looks at how people have found ways to survive in this challenging landscape from ancient times until today.

Schatz Family Exploration Zone

The Schatz Family Exploration Zone gives visitors the chance to roll up their sleeves and step into the shoes of a scientist with an array of engaging hands-on activities ways to turn scientific concepts into action.

The Tot Spot

Designed for the littlest visitors, The Tot Spot features all of the Museum’s best attractions in pint size, including the water zone, the train table, the art center and a giant crawl-through tree. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Photo: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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Plan Your Visit

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is located at 408 Mason Court in Fort Collins and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Thursdays until 8:00 pm. The Museum is situated at the intersection of Cherry and Mason Streets, and there is free parking at the museum with overflow parking available on Cherry Street.

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery offers a variety of educational programs, summer camps, and workshops for learners and students of all ages throughout the year. The Museum is also home to the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater, which presents several full dome films and breathtaking presentations about the night sky and the mysteries of the solar system on its enormous 35-foot diameter dome screen.

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408 Mason Court, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524, website, Phone: 970-221-6738 Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Photo: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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