An exciting and unique new museum experience is taking shape in Fort Collins. Watch the short video to get the story, then explore the links to the right for more in-depth information.

video courtesy of City of Fort Collins Cable 14

what will the new museum be like?

Combining science with history and culture, the new museum will connect you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. The new museum will be a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight.

This is the vision we're working to make reality — to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

where will the new museum be located?

We are very excited about the site of the new museum, located on the corner of College Avenue and Cherry Street, just east of Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins. This is a beautiful park-like setting that extends to the banks of the Cache la Poudre river, close to the restaurants, shops, and amenities of Old Town. This location will allow us to use the natural landscape to help visitors learn about the history of our area, and to take advantage of science programs geared toward understanding the ecosystem and the importance of water in community development.

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Outside the museum walls, experiences will include educational spaces and paths to the river, providing visitors with an opportunity to enjoy all areas of the facility and campus. There will be easy access for school groups, tourists, and recreationalists.

what are the nuts and bolts?

The plan calls for a 47,000 square foot building (approximately the same size as the Fort Collins Lincoln Center) with a budget of $26.7 million dollars. The exhibit master plan has been completed, and construction was completed in November 2011. Exhibit fabrication and installation will be continuing through the spring and summer of 2012, and the museum will be open to the public on November 10, 2012. The building itself is designed as a model of best practices in minimizing energy use and environmental impact.

If you have specific questions about the project, please contact either Cheryl Donaldson at 970-416-2709 or Annette Geiselman at 970-416-2767.