Exploring the exhibits at FCMoD will be an experience like no other! Through a unique mix of science and history, you’ll encounter ideas, objects, phenomena, and events that paint a broad picture of the world, how it works, and your place in it.

The 16,000 square foot main gallery combines hands-on and artifact-based exhibits in an open floor plan that invites you to discover the interconnectedness of everything from music to fossils to bicycles to … well, you get the idea!

So come explore … learn … reflect … have fun!


High Park Fire

When the devastating High Park Fire was sparked on June 9, 2012 just west of Fort Collins, the response of the community was swift, courageous, and generous. Before the fire was contained on June 30, over 87,000 acres and 259 home were destroyed, making it one of the most damaging wildfires in Colorado history. This exhibit tells the story of the High Park Fire from the perspective of the land itself and the people who live on it, taking visitors on a journey through the history of the forest, the fire itself, and the recovery of both the land and the people. It is part of a full research project, accessible at fcmod.org/highparkfire.


Natural Areas

Fort Collins is home to many wonderful natural areas, from the sweeping expanse of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area to the intimate river walk of the Gustav Swanson Natural Area. Get to know all the great recreational opportunities that our natural areas offer, and come face-to-face with two live black-footed ferrets – their incredible story of recovery from the brink of extinction will amaze you.

Ferret Cam


Wildlands & Wildlife

Begin your natural history adventure at the fossil wall, where you’ll see the plants and animals that called Fort Collins home – millions of years before there was a Fort Collins! Opposite of the fossil wall is the regional biodiversity wall, home to the flora and fauna of our four ecozones of today. In between you’ll find two creatures that connect past and present with their special stories.


Animal Encounters

FCMoD's live animals exhibit gives visitors an up close and personal experience with animals they can find in their backyard and beyond. Enhancing this experience on the second Saturday of every month is a chance to touch and ask questions about these animals with the museum staff!


Schatz Family Exploration Zone

Roll up your sleeves and get in touch with your inner scientist! The Schatz Family Exploration Zone is full of intriguing hands-on ways to turn scientific concepts into action. Encounter light, color, air, and motion in a whole new way!


The Tot Spot

Designed for our littlest visitors, The Tot Spot reflects the larger museum in toddler-friendly ways! Check out the train table, water zone, art center, and the centerpiece – a giant crawl-through tree!


Food, Forage, & Farm

From ancient times to today people have found ways to survive and thrive in this challenging landscape and to make it home. Discover the rich story of how the land has shaped us and how we have shaped the land in the Food, Forage, and Farm exhibit.


First Peoples

People called this area home long before the first European settlers arrived. At least 13,000 years ago these people lived along the rivers and hunted the plains and mountains we see today, leaving traces of their complex cultures for us to marvel at. Learn about the Lindenmeier archaeological site and our original inhabitants in the First Peoples exhibit.


People on the Move

From its founding as a military camp in 1864 to today, the story of Fort Collins has moved! Why did people come to this town, how did they get here, what did they do to shape it into the prosperous and vibrant city we know today? Explore this story in the People on the Move exhibit.


Music & Sound Lab

Whether your taste in music is rock ‘n roll or Rachmaninoff, you’ll find something to inspire you in the Music & Sound Lab, supported through the generosity of the Bohemian Foundation. You’ll learn about the physics of sound (and why your parents were right about not listening to your music too loud), the technology behind everything from Edison wax cylinders to iPods, the history of the Fort Collins music scene, and have the opportunity to play instruments including guitars, drums, marimbas, keyboards, and even a theremin!