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Fort Collins’ revamped museum takes “hands-on” to new levels.

November 2012

Welcome to the 21st-century museum, where a strict hands-off policy has been ditched in favor of interactive exhibits. At the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, which opens in its new location on November 10, guests are invited to plunk down in a film-projected river and watch “water” flow around them, or to try to keep their footing during actual 80 mph winds in the tornado simulation chamber. ¶ The $26.7 million building flaunts 47,000 square feet of multisensory engagement. Don’t miss the Digital Dome: The 360-degree space screens movies that will allow staff to zoom in and focus on specific locations, including sites as small as a human cell. “We intend to light the spark of lifelong learning,” says co-executive director Annette Geiselman. fcmod.org