Welcome to Fort Collins Museum of Discovery!

We’re an interactive and immersive museum, featuring hands-on and collections-based exhibits that tell the stories of Northern Colorado and beyond.

History

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) of today was built from a partnership between the City of Fort Collins Museum (established 1941) and the nonprofit Discovery Science Center (1989). After merging operations in 2008, and with the generous support of many members of our community, we built a new museum to share unique and fun learning experiences that explore the interplay of science and culture. The partnership between City and nonprofit continues on today, and creates extraordinary opportunities for visitors to engage with that interplay in ways that are deeply relevant to our community, our geography, and our shared history.

Since opening in 2012, we have welcomed over 700,000 visitors from all 50 states. Our exhibits gallery boasts long-term exhibits in science, music, agriculture, astronomy, first peoples, wildlands, and more, including 4 buildings of regional historical importance at our Heritage Courtyard, the on-site Archive & Collections, and Northern Colorado’s only 360° immersive theater – the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. Since 2016, we have welcomed national touring special exhibitions from producers including National Geographic, American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and more. Each year, we offer 400 unique science- and culture-based programs for kids ages 2-102.

We were proud to achieve accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2018, the highest recognition of excellence in museums in our nation. We received the greatest compliment from our peer reviewers during the accreditation process: “Fort Collins has a ‘vibe’ about it and the museum is clearly in sync with the intangibles that make up this vibrant community.”

We invite you to experience our vibe. We invite you to expand your mind and engage your world.

We invite you to discover at FCMoD today!

Mission

The museum creates meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

Vision

To inspire inquisitive thinkers and encourage responsible stewardship of the future.