Un Cielo, Un Mundo: La Aventura de Big Bird

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Vengan y acompañen a Big Bird, Elmo y Hu Hu Zhu en una emocionante exploración del Sol, las estrellas y la Luna, mientras aprenden de manera divertida conceptos básicos sobre la astronomía, desarrollando amor por la ciencia, y descubriendo ¡un mundo de posibilidades!

Duración: 23 minutos
Edades 3+

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Grateful Dead Dome Show

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Explore music in a new light in the Otterbox Digital Dome Theater! FCMoD's music series has something for everyone – from throwbacks of rock idols to the chart topping hits of today’s artists. The Dome’s 360° state-of-the-art digital projection systems bring these shows to life, while our booming surround sound system will have you hearing your favorite artists like never-before.

Note: Due to the nature of music lyrics, some content may be inappropriate for younger audiences. 

Run time: 60 minutes
Suggested Age: 16 years+ 

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Secret Lives of Stars

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Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives.

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Explore

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Explore is the story of humanity’s fascination with the stars — from ancient stargazers and astrologers to the breakthrough discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler. In particular, today’s explorers depend on Kepler’s genius for their work in space. Enjoy a beautifully visualized trip through the history of astronomy.

Run time: 25 minutes
Suggested Age: 8 years+ 

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The Sun Our Living Star

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The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. 

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. 

Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives. 

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Online Admission

Welcome to Fort Collins Museum of Discovery online admission. Advance Tickets are not required, but for your convenience, you may reserve your tickets for ease of check-in. 

The tickets reserved here are for all-day General Admission to FCMoD and may be used on the selected date. To change your intended arrival date, see above and select "Other Dates."

Members: As always, members get in free! If you are a member, please click the "Sign In" button at the top of the page and reserve your zero-cost ticket. If you have not used this site before, please click "Register." Please use a valid email and remember your password to continue to sign in for future visits. If you are not a member of Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and want to join, click here.


Tickets for any of the following accessibility programs can be purchased at the museum's welcome desk when you arrive:

  • SNAP/EBT Pass
  • Ability Pass
  • ASTC Members
  • NARM Members
  • Community Pass

No discount admission codes are available at this time. Find more options for access at FCMoD at fcmod.org/discovery-for-all


When You Arrive

When you arrive, please have your ticket readily available. Follow the link in your confirmation email to print your ticket at home or to display it on your mobile device.

Tonight's Sky Planetarium Show

Join us for a trip through the season's stars presented by our astronomy volunteer, Patrick, Saturdays @ 1:00. Learn how to spot constellations and understand the stories behind them, included with museum admission. Come check out the cosmos!!

All-ages event!

Accidental Astronauts

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Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking spaceship computer. See an asteroid crash into the Moon. Bounce along with them on the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet.


Run time: 32 minutes
Suggested Age: 3 years+ 

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Forward! to the Moon

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Forward to the Moon is a look into NASA’s Artemis program, the next step in our mission to explore the universe and land the first woman and person of color on the surface of the Moon. Kari Byron from Crash Test World and MythBusters narrates.

Run time: 26 minutes
Suggested Age: 10+ years

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Phantom of the Universe

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“Phantom of the Universe” is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.”

Run time: 28 minutes
Suggested Age: 6 years+ 

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

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Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party.

Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Run time: 23 minutes
Suggested Age: 14 years+ 

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Birthdays @ FCMoD

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Meet The Animals!

Join us in our Animal Encounters and discover some amazing creatures we share this planet with. Animals of all kinds from creepy crawlies, wet and slimy, to soft and furry. Don’t miss an opportunity to make a new animal friend! Free with museum admission.

Black Footed Ferret Feeding

Visit with FCMoD’s very own live black-footed ferrets, the most endangered mammal in North America!

Join us in the Natural Areas Exhibit to learn about the conservation work being done to return black-footed ferrets to the wild, from the national captive breeding program to new advances in cloning. Meet the different ferrets that live at FCMoD, and watch as our furry friends tear into their weekend meal. Who knows, you just might become BFFs with our BFFs!

Included with museum admission. Capacity for this program is limited and first-come, first-served

Alebrijes - Creativity Days

Although the artists, Óscar and Rubén, have returned to Mexico City, their magnificent Alebrije will be on display in our Woodward Gallery through July 28th. There are still many opportunities to participate through coloring projects and creating three-dimensional cardboard Alebrijes (bas relief) on special creativity days.

We will have supplies available for creating your own Alebrije art on:

 

  • April 30 (9am-1pm) Día de los Niños
  • May 4-5 (9am-1pm)
  • May 17 (5-8pm) Monthly Member Night
  • May 18 -19 (9am-1pm)
  • June 21 (5-8pm) Monthly Member Night
  • June 22 – 23 (9am-1pm)
  • July 19, (5-8pm) Monthly Member Night
  • July 20, 21 (9am-1pm)

 

It’s free to participate and you can bring your creation home!

On July 28th and 29th, anyone who has added artwork to the installation that currently lives on the walls can come by the museum and pick up their projects to take home.

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Aunque los maestros Óscar and Rubén han regresado a la Cuidad de México, su alebrije maravilloso estará en exhibición en la galería Woodward hasta el 28 de julio. Todavía quedan muchas oportunidades para participar en la exhibición: por ejemplo, colorea un alebrije diseñado por los maestros o crea una escultura única y colorida de cartón.

Tendremos materiales disponibles para crear tu propio arte en los siguientes días:

 

  • 30 de abril de 9am-1pm  (Día de los Niños y Niñas)
  • 4 de mayo de 9am-1pm
  • 5 de mayo de 9am-1pm 
  • 17 de mayo de 5pm-8pm (Noche de Diversión para Miembros)
  • 18 de mayo de 9am-1pm 
  • 19 de mayo de 9am-1pm 
  • 21 de junio de 5pm-8pm (Noche de Diversión para Miembros)
  • 22 de junio de 9am-1pm 
  • 23 de junio de 9am-1pm 
  • 19 de julio de 5pm-8pm (Noche de Diversión para Miembros)
  • 20 de julio de 9am-1pm 
  • 21 de julio  de 9am-1pm 

 

¡Participar estos días es incluido con tu entrada general y podrás llevar tu arte a casa!

Durante los días 28 y 29 de julio, cualquier persona que contribuyó su obra de arte a la instalación podrá venir al museo y llevarse su creación a casa.

¡Gracias por tu participación!

Dream to Fly

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Since the beginning of history, people have dreamed of flying. Tales of mythical dragon flights thrilled ancient dreamers. Storytellers wove airy fantasies of magic carpet rides. Leonardo da Vinci stoked the dreams of flight with his fantastic drawings and through his eyes, we learned to look to nature for the secrets of flight. Dream To Fly is a poetic and touching story of aviation development through the ages. It presents the significant milestones on our route to conquering the skies – both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions of flying itself. Content warning: contains scenes of war and some frightening images; not for young children.

Run time: 35 minutes
Suggested Age: 8 years+ 

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

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Join your favorite Sesame Street characters and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon. We may live in different places, but we all see the same sky!

Run time: 23 minutes
Suggested Age: 3 years+ 

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CAPCOM GO: The Apollo Story

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What did it take to get humans to the surface of the Moon? What challenges did the engineers, scientists, and astronauts who worked to achieve that goal face? From award winning fulldome producer NSC Creative comes their latest show, an immersive historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

Run time: 26 minutes
Suggested Age: 3 years+ 

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Capcom Go (Spanish)

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Join us for a presentation of Capcom Go en Español!  

¿Cómo llegaron los seres humanos a la superficie de la Luna? ¿Qué desafíos se enfrentaron los ingenieros, científicos y astronautas que trabajaron para lograr ese objetivo? Del premiado productor NSC Creative llega su última película, un documentario histórico inmersivo que muestra los logros del Programa Apolo y lo que ocurrió para poner al primer ser humano en la Luna.

Duración: 25 minutos
Edades 8+
 

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LaserDome

Explore music in a new light at FCMoD’s LaserDome! The LaserDome series in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater has something for everyone – from the throwbacks of rock idols to the chart topping hits of today’s artists. The Dome’s 360° state-of-the-art digital projection systems and other special effects bring these shows to life, while our booming surround sound system will have you hearing your favorite artists like never-before. Check out all the upcoming LaserDome shows at fcmod.org/laserdome.

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Violent Universe

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Comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space. Stars collapsing under their own gravity. Infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! 

Run time: 25 minutes
Suggested Age: 12 years+ 

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Monthly Member Nights

ATTENTION, MEMBERS—FCMoD is extending operating hours to host “Monthly Member Nights” on the third Friday of the month!

Join us from 5 - 8 PM and enjoy all that the museum has to offer, exclusively for YOU, after hours.

Enjoy the gallery, shows in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater, snacks in the Café, and local goods in the Museum Store, all to yourself as an FCMoD member.

Please bring your membership card or Photo ID to check in at the Welcome Desk.

There’s never been a better time to become a member. Our members support all that we do, and directly impacts our mission to create meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun. We love our members!

AC/DC Dome Show

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Explore music in a new light in the Otterbox Digital Dome Theater! FCMoD's music series has something for everyone – from throwbacks of rock idols to the chart topping hits of today’s artists. The Dome’s 360° state-of-the-art digital projection systems bring these shows to life, while our booming surround sound system will have you hearing your favorite artists like never-before.

Note: Due to the nature of music lyrics, some content may be inappropriate for younger audiences. 

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Invaders of Mars

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Under the care of Emmy award winning space artist, Don Davis, this beautifully crafted show highlights our ongoing exploration of Mars. We explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth's various spacecraft "invaders" and use the data gathered to explore the red planet as only CGI can. We fly over the great chasms, canyons and volcanoes, descend amid the icy Martian polar cap, and withstand swirling dust devils. Blinded by the planet-wide storm that often engulf this world, we emerge with a new perspective on the red planet Mars. Narrated by Tom Baker, of the BBC's Dr. Who. Winner of four Telly Awards.

Run time: 25 minutes
Suggested Age: 5 years+ 

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NCAS Meeting

FCMoD and the Otterbox Digital Dome Theater are proud to host the Norther Colorado Astronomical Society's monthly meetings. 

The business portion of the meeting is scheduled for 15 minutes starting at 6:15pm. Regular topics include:

  • Announcements on upcoming NCAS events: speakers, stargazing, outreaching, etc.
  • Brief updates from the club treasurer and secretary
  • Items of general interest as shared by members and visitors

After the business meeting, invited speakers present an astronomy-related program beginning at 6:30pm. It is free of charge and the public is welcome. Talks are typically geared towards people with a high-school science background, but the level does vary. Feel free to contact a club officer for guidance if the target level is not apparent from the talk description. Talks typically last for 60 minutes. Questions are usually welcome both during and after the talk.

please visit the NoCoAstro website for this month's speaker and more info about the club.