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The Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center serve more than 50,000 visitors annually and provide exciting life-long learning opportunities to community members of all ages. In 2007, the two separate institutions merged with the vision to create an unprecedented blended experience of history, culture, and hands-on science exploration. The mission of the partnership is to create and maintain a facility and experience that will inspire, educate, and entertain people about science and culture.
The Fort Collins Museum began as the Pioneer Museum in 1941 with the help of the Indian Relic Hobby Club, the Pioneer Association, and the Daughters of Colorado Pioneers. Operated by the City of Fort Collins, the Museum's first curator was Clyde Brown, a member of the Indian Relic Hobby Club and a Fort Collins native. In 1976, the Pioneer Museum relocated across the park into the old Carnegie Library building and became the Fort Collins Museum. The Museum has evolved into a regional center focusing on area history and culture.
Discovery Science Center was founded in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide enjoyable, hands-on explorations in science and technology for the region. It had its beginnings as a grassroots movement in 1985 when a group of civic-minded people united to discuss the idea of establishing a children's museum in Fort Collins. Discovery Science Center fosters science literacy among the community’s school aged children by providing challenging, enriching opportunities in hands-on science education, helping ensure that they develop a passion for life-long learning.
The Carnegie Library Building
One of the true treasures of the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center is the Museum building itself. Constructed in 1904 of native sandstone, the Museum building originally served as the Fort Collins Public Library. The chiseled words "Public Library" can still be seen over the West Entrance to the Museum. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided the $12,500 to fund the building. The Eastern addition was completed in 1939 under the Works Projects Administration. The building became the Fort Collins Museum in 1976 and is a registered historic landmark.
Today, multiple galleries feature temporary and permanent history exhibits and hands-on science activities, and the Heritage Courtyard encompasses four historic structures. The Museum offers an array of programs and educational opportunities.
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