Research

Exhibits in Galleries

FCMoD is an innovative blend of history, science, and culture content. Our open floor plan encourages flow-through topic adjacencies, so visitors are prompted to explore the interrelationships between objects on display.

The Collections at FCMoD

The museum houses and cares for approximately 38,000 objects – only a small percentage of which are on display at any given time. Objects not on display are available for supervised, on-site research use by special appointment. Access to the FCMoD’s collections is available through The Fort Collins History Connection, an online collaboration between the Poudre River Public Library District and FCMoD. Those wishing to research any aspect of FCMoD’s collections can make an appointment with the Collections Curator, Linda Moore by calling or emailing her at 970-416-2784 or lmoore@fcmod.org. Prominent among the Museum’s collections are stone objects from the Folsom-era Lindenmeier site and Clovis cultural complex; locally focused historic clothing and textiles; and household and personal artifacts dating from the mid-19th century.

The Archive at FCMoD

Starting July 14, 2020, the Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will be open by appointment only.

Please note:

  • Masks must be worn while in the Archive.
  • Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Appointments are available in ½-hour increments.
  • Researchers may be asked to wear gloves while handling archival materials. Cotton or disposable nitrile gloves will be provided.
  • Clean pencils will be provided.
  • Two researchers are permitted at a time in the Archive; each will be seated at individual tables that are spaced over 6 feet apart.
  • The Archive will be thoroughly cleaned after each visit by a researcher.

How to Book an Appointment

Use the form below to view availability and book an appointment.

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Call the Archive Reference Desk at 970-221-6688 and leave a message. Our staff will follow up with you as soon as possible to get your appointment scheduled.

Collaborative Projects

We’ve worked with the community on research projects large and small, like the High Park Fire exhibit, and the Landscape and History project. Other collaborative research projects may be found at history.fcgov.com.