What’s in a name?

by Terry Burton, Digital Media Coordinator

If you’re keeping up with our blog, you now know that we’ve selected the design/build team which will create the physical home for our new museum. We’ve been working for over a year with our exhibit design firm, Gyroscope, to create the experiences that will reside inside that building. A tremendous amount of work has already gone into the process of creating a brand-new museum from the ground up, and we’ve still got a lot of challenging and exciting work ahead of us.

But creating a new museum isn’t about us — it’s about you. You may live in Fort Collins or the surrounding area and plan to visit us often; you may be an out-of-town guest who will come see us infrequently; or you may be someone who visits our website or blog but never steps foot inside the new building. Regardless, this museum is for you.

So we want to ask you to help us do some of the work to make this new museum a reality. Specifically, we’d like your thoughts on what we should call ourselves.

Let me back up for a moment and give you a refresher: the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center, as we are known now, came from the partnership of two leading Fort Collins institutions: Discovery Science Center, and the Fort Collins Museum. We entered into a public/private partnership to build a new museum, one that would combine hands-on science and the culture and history of our region.

Here are a couple of other tidbits to help you think of the perfect name for our new museum: our mission is 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.” Our vision is “to inspire inquisitive thinkers and encourage responsible stewardship of the past, present, and future.”

Most of all, we want our new Museum to be a place where people not only come away with understanding, but are inspired to action.

That’s who we want to be. Now, can you help us figure out what to call ourselves? Just leave a comment to this post with your ideas, and read other people’s ideas too. And stay tuned — developments with the new Museum are really going to take off in 2010. It’s going to be a great journey.

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16 Responses to “What’s in a name?”


  1. 1 Coley Burton November 19, 2009 at 11:41 am

    You could call it, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” where yesterday meets tomorrow today!

  2. 2 ilmnop November 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    think museum
    things dominion
    fort collins discovery academy
    explorisphere
    discover sphere
    idea conservatory
    Ideation Place: Spurring Thought into Action
    OurMuseum: See.Think.Share
    The Spectrum at Fort Collins: A forward thinking museum

  3. 3 DoubleM December 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Fort Collins Discovery Project
    The Colorado Museum Project
    The Colorado Discovery Project
    The Museum Project
    The Fort Collins Project
    The NorCo Culture Lab
    NorCo Exploration Station
    The Museum at Fort Collins

  4. 4 ilmnop December 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    The Metropolis:A Center for Science and Culture
    The Crossroads Project: Where Science and Culture Meet
    The Hemisphere: Our World of Science and Culture

  5. 5 ilmnop December 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Innovation Place
    The Culture Lab at Fort Collins: A Center for New Ideas
    Fort Collins Science & Culture Project

  6. 6 Terry Burton December 11, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Exploration Fort Collins

  7. 7 nisperos January 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    FC Heritage and Science Exploratorium

  8. 8 Tracy January 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Discovery World of Northern Colorado

  9. 9 SaveGinny970 February 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Since history and science aren’t normally paired together:
    Conundrum
    Paradox

  10. 10 SaveGinny970 February 8, 2010 at 12:38 am

    The Hub
    Magnify
    Vortex
    Fulcrum

  11. 11 SaveGinny970 February 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Bazinga!

  12. 12 frenchgirl2000_00 February 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I like it the way it already is. Its going to take a while for people to figure out you’ve moved/merged in the first place. People, as a whole like routine and familiarity. My take on it is with all of these major changes, it may negatively effect business. The only way I see around that pickle is to market yourselves like crazy with fliers, advertisements, and the like, on KUNC and bus stops.

    I also think it would be wise, if you do change your name, that when you advertise you mention “new name here” formerly the fort collins museum and discovery science center.

    Hope that helps. 😀 Look forward to checking out all your new and progressive features!

  13. 13 frenchgirl2000_00 February 17, 2010 at 12:22 am

    okay, okay, I CAN think of a few variations for a new name.

    Fort Collins Discovery Museum

    Fort Collins Science Museum

    Discovery Science Museum of Northern Colorado (or Ft Collins)

    Family Science Center of Fort Collins (or NoCo)

  14. 14 LadyDuke22 February 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Cache la Exploration
    Fort Collins Nucleus

  15. 15 LadyDuke22 March 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    The Fort Collins Splot!


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