What’s the Next Step?

There’s a buzz going around town about the Discover! Children’s Museum, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about it!

If you visited our pilot location in the Twin Cities Town Center in Chehalis you probably saw a window display showing an artist’s renditions of possible layouts of the permanent museum.  For those of you who have not yet seen it, we are excited to announce that we will be building a new museum!

One artist rendition example of possible building designs for the new Discover! Children's Museum
One artist rendition example of possible building designs for the new Discover! Children’s Museum

The Discover! Advisory Committee is busy raising funds for the new building, securing a location receiving estimates, pursuing grants, updating our website, exploring other museums, and visiting with groups about the success of the pilot museum and our plans for moving forward.

One of the important things we had found out from the Discover Pilot Museum was that we had a large percentage of visitors based on our location visibility.   Therefore we looked for a location that would still offer the following:

  • High visibility
  • High traffic
  •  Ample parking

We have found a perfect spot near our old destination.  It’s actually located in the vacant property right between Walmart and Home Depot, nearest to the round-about.   This area meets all the needs that will help Discover! to be successful for years to come.  Our next step in securing the property was to meet with Chehalis City Council, and after doing so on February 10th we were approved to pursue a lease for the property!   Our team was more than a little excited about the approval.

At this point we are hiring a group, to have the soil tested to make sure that the fill that is in the area is suitable for construction, or what steps must be taken to correct it.  While this process is happening our group is currently working on a building design to meet the needs of the museum;  such as administrative offices, preschool(s), food area, and most importantly… The Exhibits!  We are also continuing to work on raising funds for the building, as well as analyzing the data collected from the pilot, and apply our findings and solutions to the operations of the permanent museum.

So as you can see we are busy busy busy!  However, you won’t find a happier group than the Discover! committee.  We are more than ecstatic to be part of this project, and can’t wait to open the permanent museum.  Stay tuned for more updates.