The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery creates meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect and have fun through hands-on and collections based experiences in science and culture. The overarching vision of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is to inspire inquisitive thinkers and encourage responsible stewardship of the past, present and future.
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is the result of an unprecedented private-public partnership between two legacy museums. Discovery Science Center (DSC) a hands-on, science museum and the Fort Collins Museum (FCM), a dynamic public history museum.
Although the Fort Collins Museum was officially founded in 1975, it actually began in 1939 with the acquisition and restoration of the historic Janis Cabin. In 1941, the FCM opened in Library Park as the Pioneer Museum. By 1976, the Pioneer Museum had outgrown its small building and moved to the 1904 Carnegie Library building, becoming the Fort Collins Museum. FCM offered minds-on and hands-on three-dimensional historical experiences for the community. FCM was the oldest collecting institution in Fort Collins--and the only one focusing on preserving the cultural and natural heritage of our community and the surrounding region.
The Discovery Science Center began as a grass-roots volunteer run museum in October of 1985, when a group of interested people united to discuss the idea of establishing an interactive science museum in the Fort Collins area.
On March 6, 2008, Discovery Science Center and the Fort Collins Museum formed an unprecedented partnership to build a new science and history museum in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. The result of that vision is the world class, state-of-the-art facility offering hands-on and artifact based science and cultural experiences which opened in 2012: The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD).
FCMOD offers a unique, innovative blend of educational programming and exhibits, unmatched in the region. From 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, to the state of the art OtterBox Digital Dome Theater, to the extensive local history materials found within The Archive, to the fully equipped Learning Labs for school groups and birthday parties alike, and the 5,000 square foot special exhibition space - there is so much to discover at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
"FCMoD continues to be a community curated museum that engages visitors with delightful experiences expanding definitions of what can happen in informal learning environments." - Dr. Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, Professor of English at Colorado State University
"FCMoD is helping to blaze a trail of using immersive visualizations to connect audiences with the great ecological issues of our time." - Dr. Ka Chun Yu, Curator of Space Science at Denver Museum of Nature and Science