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Key Info

408 Mason Ct.

Price & Hours

$12.50 for adults; $9.50 for children
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


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  • 3.0Facilities
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This hands-on museum is a hit with patrons, especially those with children. Since 2012, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery has engaged and educated visitors by creating thoughtful exhibits that detail a variety of scientific, natural and artsy topics. You'll have the chance to learn all about our solar system and the universe, experiment with different musical instruments and follow the development of Fort Collins from its official founding in the late 1800s to today. There's also the on-site OtterBox Digital Dome Theater that has a 39-foot domed screen. It not only shows films, but also hosts lectures and live performances.

Previous museumgoers called the facility a wonderful place to spend the day with children of all ages. They also appreciated the fact that the museum had some live animals for patrons to learn about, too.

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission costs $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for students (with ID), kids and seniors. Children younger than 2 enter for free. Presentations in the theater cost an extra fee. On-site, you'll also find a gift shop and a cafe. The museum is located just east of the Lee Martinez Community Park. Parking is free. Visit its website for more information.

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