The Fort Collins Museum of Art began operations in December, 1990 as the One West Contemporary Art Center. It held its first exhibition in January, 1991. The museum is housed in the old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins. The three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure was designed by James Knox Taylor, the Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury. Described at the time as the "finest building in the city," the Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Fort Collins local landmark. FCMOA sold the building to Brinkman Partners in August, 2012 and now occupy only the first floor of the building.


  • Old Post Office building that is now used as the Art Museum.
    Old Post Office building that is now used as the Art Museum.
  • Even the signs within the museum as done so that they look like art.
    Even the signs within the museum as done so that they look like art.

The Fort Collins Museum of Art originally was incorporated in 1983 as Horizons Gallery of Contemporary Art. In 1983 it was renamed Powerplant Visual Arts Center and housed in Fort Collins former Powerplant. The center bought and moved to the old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins in December, 1990 as the One West Contemporary Art Center. It held its first exhibition in the new building in January, 1991. The name was once again changed in 2004 to Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Inc. then finally changing the name and mission to Fort Collins Museum of Art, Inc. in 2010.

The Old Post Office building where the museum is housed is a three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor, the Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury. Described at the time as the “finest building in the city,” the Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Fort Collins local landmark. FCMOA sold three floors of the building to Brinkman Partners in August, 2012; the museum now owns and occupies the first floor of the building.