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December - 2009 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

Museum/Discovery Science: New Facility, New Mission

Fort Collins cultural staff is busy preparing for the next chapter of its own history. Architects are now working on designs for the 2010 construction of a new joint facility for the Museum Discovery Science Center (MDSC). The new facility will sit on the corner of Mason and Cherry Streets.

Because two well-respected cultural entities have combined into one, a new mission has emerged: to create and maintain a facility and experience that will inspire, educate, and entertain people about science and culture. It's more official than our recommendation: "you got peanut butter on my chocolate!"

Feeding the need for culture, education and entertainment of a highly creative resident base would be intimidating for most communities. Not at the MDSC! They average 16 educational programs a month, rotating displays, and special programs on Saturdays. Rotating displays include Discovery Carts (hands on experiences with items from the Education Collection) and Take Apart Day (participants take apart electronics and use the components to create something new).

Special events you might want to check out include Starlab, Terror Tours, the History Mystery Challenge, and the Indian Market in May. MDSC staff also run in-school programs during Native American Awareness Month that include bringing Native musicians and artists to schools at no cost, reaching 4,000 students in one week.

The Fort Collins Museum Discovery Science Center is affordable, approachable, educational and entertaining. Bonus: every third Sunday is free, all year round! Follow the MDSCs programs, events, and construction updates on Facebook, Twitter and their blog on