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10:00 am

Science, History, All Ages

May 11

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with admission

Museum Takeover: Fabulous Flowers

With blossoms in the air and trees blooming everywhere, FCMoD is celebrating flowers! Come learn about spring blooms, and experience the wonders of the plant life cycle. With fun, interactive stations all throughout the museum, you can explore the world of flowers first-hand and learn how they are important for our planet!

Museum Takeover is a monthly series where we deep dive into a particular subject with fun and educational activity stations in the exhibits gallery. Activities are open to all ages, but recommended for children 5 and older.

Museum Takeover activities are included with admission/membership.

10:30 am

Theater, Science, Kids

May 11

10:30 am - 11:00 am
$2 – $4

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Join Big Bird, Elmo and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu for a look at the stars. Take an imaginary trip to our Moon, learn how to find the Big Dipper and North Star, and see how we all share the same sky.

Runtime: 23 minutes | View the trailer!

11:30 am

Theater, Science, All Ages

May 11

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
$2 – $4

Experience the Aurora

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular. For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in full-dome theaters.

Runtime: 27 minutes | View the trailer!

1:00 pm

Theater, Science, All Ages

May 11

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$2 – $4

Dream to Fly

Since the beginning of history, people have dreamed of flying. Tales of mythical dragon flights thrilled ancient dreamers. Storytellers wove airy fantasies of magic carpet rides. Leonardo da Vinci stoked the dreams of flight with his fantastic drawings and through his eyes, we learned to look to nature for the secrets of flight. Dream To Fly is a poetic and touching story of aviation development through the ages. It presents the significant milestones on our route to conquering the skies – both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions of flying itself.

Runtime: 35 minutes | View the trailer!

2:00 pm

Theater, Science, All Ages

May 11

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$2 – $4


Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet.

Runtime: 22 minutes | View the trailer!

2:30 pm

Science, All Ages

May 11

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Ferret Feeding Frenzy

Visit with the museum’s very own live black-footed ferrets – who knows, you might become BFFs with our BFFs! Join us every Saturday & Sunday in Natural Areas Exhibit Zone at 2:30pm to watch as our furry friends tear into their weekend meal. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart… you’ve been warned!


3:00 pm

Theater, Science, All Ages

May 11

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$2 – $4


Have you ever wondered how spacecraft navigate quickly and accurately to Earth orbit and beyond? Find out in EXPLORE, an odyssey to the planet Mars through the lens of humanity’s fascination with the stars — from ancient stargazers and astrologers to the breakthrough discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler.

Runtime: 27 minutes  | View the trailer!

4:00 pm

Theater, Science, All Ages

May 11

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$2 – $4

Life: A Cosmic Story

How did life on Earth begin? Find out on this journey through time. Witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. See the first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce and entire worlds take shape. On a young Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented – one near a turbulent, deep-sea, hydro-thermal vent, and the other in a primordial hot puddle on a volcanic island.

Runtime: 25 minutes | View the trailer!

6:00 pm

Science, History, Adults

May 11

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 – $20

Discovery Distilled: Beers & Bikes

What’s more Fort Collins than beers and bikes? If these two words make you want to jump up in excitement, put that energy to good use and bike over for Discovery Distilled – Beers & Bikes! Learn what makes your favorite beer taste so good or why a stout is different than an IPA. And in between tastings, chat with bike experts from around town. We’ll drink some beers, learn something new, and have fun exploring the museum after hours.

Activities & participants include:

Odell Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
Intersect Brewing
Horse and Dragon Brewing Company
Gilded Goat Brewing Company
Purpose Brewing and Cellars
Bike Fort Collins
Bike Wrench

*Make sure to bring your bike. We will have slow bike races and Bike Wrench will provide quick look overs and lube instruction. Tour de Fat art bikes and costumes will also be on display!

Tickets $20/15 members. One drink ticket – two if you bike, snacks, and unforgettable experiences are included with admission.

Discovery Distilled is a 21+, casual, after-hours series at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Must be 21 to participate.

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