If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids this winter, check out the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
The hands-on history and science museum is filled with interactive exhibits and artifacts that tell the stories of Northern Colorado. The 16,000-square-foot main gallery’s open floor plan invites visitors to discover the interconnectedness of everything from music to fossils to bicycles.
The museum has a live animal exhibit that gives visitors an up close and personal experience with animals they can find in their backyards and beyond. Enhancing this experience on the second Saturday of every month is a chance to touch and ask questions about these animals with museum staff.
The museum also has a 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 the fossil wall is a biodiversity wall, which showcases the flora and fauna of the region’s four ecozones.
There’s also a music and sound lab, supported through the Bohemian Foundation, where visitors learn about the physics of sound, the technology behind everything from Edison wax cylinders to i-Pods and the history of the Fort Collins music scene.
The museum, at 408 Mason Court, is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays through Sundays and 10am to 8pm on Thursdays. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and students with a valid I.D., and $6 for kids ages 3-12. Children younger than 2 get in for free.