Category Archives: Permanent Facility

April Update

What’s Happening!

As mentioned in earlier blogs.  Our Advisory Committee was busy in February and March raising funds for the new building, securing a location, receiving estimates, pursuing grants, updating our website, exploring other museums, and putting together a presentation to visit with groups about the success of the pilot museum and our plans moving forward.  
Splash! our water table at the South Washington Fair
Splash! our water table at the South Washington Fair

On the road again!

We are excited to announce that we plan on being on the road and attending fun events around the area.  If you plan on going to Centrailia College Fun Fest on April 18th at 10 am, we will also be there!  We are currently organizing to have a staff person that will be able to attend these events, as well as have a trailer that can be used to transport mobile exhibits to each destination.  We are excited to bring you more news and pictures as it develops!

abcABC’s and 123’s

Since we know that our future success will be strongly dependent on location.  We knew that we would have to pick the right spot and space.  After much searching, we concluded that in order to find an area that met all requirements, we  would best suit those needs by building.  One big benefit to this, is that we can design the facility to have all the areas we dreamed of!  Such as exhibit floor, administrative offices, event room, gift shop, food court, and a place allocated for early education and development!

We are still in the first stage of exploring an early education program that will work for Discover!  The possibility is exciting, and we will have to make sure that we have the space available for it.  So as the months progress keep watching our updates for more news!

DSC-2628We would love to fill you in on what we’re doing!

The Discover! Board Members are excited to share what’s going on with Discover! with your group, school, daycare, or organization.  If you are interested in having us come to you for a presentation, please feel free to email us at info@discovermuseum.org

There are many other things that we went over in our meeting, but we will save them for later.  Until then, happy spring break Discover! Friends!

Suggestions?

We would love to hear any suggestions you have about what you would like to see on our blog.  If you are interested in helping with a blog post, we would love to hear from you. Some of the subjects are art, activities, animals, books, crafts, encouragement, events, Inspiration, parks, play dates, science, and more.  

Email us at: info@discovermuseum.org

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.