Top Fort Collins Museums

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Exodus Moving and Storage has unloaded the last of the boxes from the truck and pulled out of your driveway, and you’ve been hard at work unpacking all week (even if you aren’t moving long distance!). The kids are getting restless, your spouse is getting cranky, and you just want to take a break from it all. What better way than checking out the museums your new town has to offer?

If you’re new to the area, you might not know that you don’t have to leave town to have a little fun at a museum for the day. Here are a couple of great places to visit for young and old alike, right in your own backyard!

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

This is fun for the entire family, packing a bonus educational punch. There is so much to do and see here, you should probably plan to dedicate the day so you don’t miss an exhibit! Melding science and history, the exhibits offered at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will teach you about the world around you and your impact upon it, and how things work the way that they do. You can wander the gallery, or head right for the hands-on fun at the Schatz Family Exploration Zone where you learn science by doing. Learn all sorts of concepts such as air, light, motion, and color, just to name a few.

The main gallery alone is 16,000 square-feet in size, offering many different hands-on activities to engage the inquisitive alongside various artifacts and fossils. The floor plan was designed to be open and airy, and also to show how everything contained within is interconnected. While wandering, you’ll be able to see things like the fossil wall, which features fossils of the plants and animals indigenous to the Fort Collins area during prehistoric times. That is located directly across from the regional biodiversity wall, displaying plants and animals of today, seeing exactly how things have evolved.

You’ll learn about the very first people to live in our area, well before settlers came and claimed the land as their own. These people lived at least 13,000 years ago, leaving many artifacts that have been discovered by archaeologists. You’ll even learn about the Lindenmeier archaeological site, where most of these artifacts have been discovered, and what we’ve learned about the people who left them behind just by studying the artifact itself.

Learn a bit about Fort Collins in the People on the Move exhibit, discussing the town’s history from 1864, when it was founded, through today. Did you know that this town was originally founded as a military camp? You’ll see how people traveled here back then, why they came, and how they made Fort Collins into the city we know and love today. The Food, Forage, and Farm exhibit shows you how we adapted to the conditions of the land here in order to thrive.

If music is more your speed, check out the Music & Sound Lab. You’ll learn about the science of sound itself, as well as how your iPod works, history of music in Fort Collins, and experience it first hand by playing instruments like guitars, drums, keyboards, marimbas, and much more.

There are many special events, so head to its website for information regarding programs, and to see what’s playing at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.

Fort Collins Museum of Art

 This gem of an art museum features exhibits as diverse as our town itself. You’ll find many events going on that enrich you culturally, as well as numerous educational programs for all ages. You can see what the local art scene is all about as well, as there are numerous local artists featured there.

Its galleries feature rotating art exhibitions, so be sure to check to see when your favorite artist will be showcased whether it’s a local artist or an internationally renowned artist. Its website lists not only the current exhibits, but also upcoming so that you can plan ahead.

Are you an artist yourself? You might like the museum’s Masks event. Each year, close to 200 artists and members of the community create their own masterpieces on ceramic masks, which are then displayed in an exhibit followed by a silent auction at the museum. For more information on this fun event, head to the museum’s website.

Check their calendar for a listing of talks and classes. They sponsor events such as First Friday, where every gallery in historic downtown Fort Collins remains open until 9:00 pm.

Choose Exodus

Exodus Moving and Storage is hoping you’ll pay a visit to these great museums right here in Fort Collins. Just because you’re in the middle of unpacking your belongings, it doesn’t mean you can’t stop to have a little fun.

If you’re looking to relocate to the Fort Collins area, we know you’ll love these museums. We also know that Exodus Moving and Storage is the perfect choice to safely and efficiently get your belongings from point A to point B whether you’re moving long distance or locally without having to lift a finger. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting, while you’re left to explore your new surroundings! Call Exodus Moving and Storage today!

Which museums are you most excited to visit?