The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery has an innovative blend of history, science, and culture. Our open floor plan has unique, interactive exhibits with topic themes that flow smoothly between adjacent exhibit zones. The variety of themes allows every teacher to plan a route specific to his or her students’ needs.
To help you plan for your visit, explore which exhibits support the science, social studies, and music standards for your grade level. Click on the link below to download a matrix that shows how our exhibits correlate with the Colorado Academic Standards.
In order to better serve you and your students, FCMoD has created original Learning Labs that support the new Colorado Academic Standards and give students hands-on experiences in a number of different fields. Choose from any one of the interactive 1-hour experiences, and we will provide your students with a unique opportunity to participate in an immersive, exciting, and educational experience!
Age: Grade 4-8
Your heart is a vital organ! Explore the circulatory system in your body and discover how your organs work together during small-group, hands-on dissections of real sheep hearts. See what’s inside of a mammal heart and walk along the path that blood takes through your heart.
Age: Grade 3-8
You may not have known it, but electricity is moving through you right now! With the help of conductivity and electric circuits, you can experience the flow of electrons through your body and through the air, build a battery made of food, and more!
Age: Grade 4-8
Since they live underwater, you’ve probably never seen them in the wild, but now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the outside and inside of a squid! See how these unique invertebrates work by dissecting a squid and comparing its anatomy to that of other animals.
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Microscopes and Cell Biology
Age: Grade 3-8
This is your chance to see real live human cells: Your cells! Use the scientific method to collect plant and animals cells before taking a peek through microscopes into this tiny world.
Age: Grade 2
Local history comes alive in the Heritage Courtyard at Library Park! FCMoD educators are opening up two of the cabins for guided tours. Engage with the story of Auntie Stone and experience what it was like to go to school in 1905. It’s a blast from the past!
The Janis and Franz-Smith cabins will open again for field trips in the fall of 2014.
OtterBox Digital Dome Theater
The OtterBox Digital Dome Theater is a unique immersive learning space for students of all ages. New concepts and content come alive in this environment, and even familiar material can be experienced and understood in a whole new way.
The dome is a 36’ diameter, 360 degree digital theater where viewers are surrounded by high-resolution video and audio. The theater has 82 fixed seats and an ADA-accessible seating area.
The dome is not just a planetarium. In addition to astronomy content, we also provide content in the life sciences and earth sciences. Your group can choose to view any of our current shows, shown below.
The dome is available for school group use only prior to 11:00 am, Tuesday-Friday. School groups are also welcome to view any of the scheduled public shows after 11:00 am. The cost is $3.00 per person, and all students and chaperones included, since we are selling a theater seat.
Lunches @ FCMoD
Lunch space is available at FCMoD! While there is no in-house catering, groups are welcome to bring sack lunches to eat onsite. Learning Lab rental for lunches is $15 per 30 minutes. Each Learning Lab can fit up to 35 seated students, and the two Labs can be opened up to accommodate up to 70 seated students at a time. FCMoD is also next door to Lee Martinez Park, which offers outside lunch option for groups. It is just a short walk into the park, which has covered picnic tables as well as a playground.
To make a field trip reservation, you must have 15 or more students, and a chaperone to student ratio of 1 to 5. Field trip reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance to receive a discounted rate. Schools groups may arrive as early as 9:00am, Tuesday-Friday. The museum recommends planning a minimum of 90 minutes for your visit. Lunch space is available upon request. Depending on the size of the group, lunch space may only be available on a rotational basis.
Contact the Museum’s Reservations Office at 970-416-2705 or click here to submit a reservation request form. Please allow 48 hours for a response.
The Museum requires a 1 to 5 ratio of chaperones to students. Extra adults are those over this ratio. Free & Reduced students receive free admission with proof in the form of a statement on official school letterhead, stating the number of F&R students on the field trip.
For other questions, please check out our Field Trip FAQs.