WE'RE MOVING ON UP
Explore More Discovery Museum moved to its current location in 2010. (Learn more about 2002 - 2010)
Expansion has always been part of the long-term plan and vision. At this time, we offer educational exhibits and programs on the ground floor of our 150 S. Main Street location. The need for additional space has become a great priority and we are eager to maximize the full potential of this 3-story, 33,000 square foot facility. With two upper floors available and ready for build-out, the time has come to start the climb. This requires a significant fundraising effort and thanks to community support, we are making progress.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: SHELL RENOVATION
As many of you know, we've been working diligently over the past 10 months to complete the 2nd floor shell space. We're happy to report that construction is nearly complete, making it possible to add future exhibits, one at at time, as funds are available. While we've been using the 2nd floor space for special programs since March 2017, it our goal to provide more open play hours and interactive activities in late spring.
What can you expect on the 2nd floor?
At first glance, you will see that there is a lot of open space! That's okay as this is a work in progress and it means that we finally have extra room to grow.
The Discovery Tree House exhibit is almost complete. You will love the view perched high up in the treetop. Along with an amazing airways interactive, children will have fun with whisper tubes, a periscope, a giant microscope, building toys and making their way through a rainstorm to chase away the clouds. Want a sneak peek? Come to Magic Tree House Explorers this Tuesday. We've been meeting in the Tree House! See weekly programs here .
The Imagination Playground will offer hours of building fun. The big blue blocks can transform into anything you can imagine and we have a big set thanks to a grant from our friends at CarMax and another anonymous donor.
The Maker Space is an area that is being designed specifically for older children. Right now it is a spacious, open room that will soon be filled with work benches, computers, a laser cutter, white boards, comfy seating, sewing machines, real tools, art supplies and materials needed to MAKE! We are looking for volunteers so please let us know if you have skills to share (electronics, woodworking, graphic design, fiber arts and more).
We hope to have an airplane on site by early summer. Our friends at Dynamic Aviation are working to make it engaging and family-friendly. I bet you are wondering how they will get it inside the building. They have a plan...stay tuned!
Our future vision still includes a complete aviation area, a construction zone/quarry, an early childhood area and an interactive ball maze. This will take more funding and time. In the meantime, we'll do our best to offer activities and programs along with plenty of room to stretch out and Explore More! Please share YOUR IDEAS with us.
How about the 3rd floor?
Our short-term goal is to raise an additional $350,000 so we can install HVAC, electricity and bathrooms on the 3rd floor.
As you can imagine, building out heating and cooling systems or bathrooms is not particularly exciting to children. It is, however, the foundation necessary to create the magic and continue our CLIMB. When complete, the 3rd floor will serve as a Community Education Center housing classrooms, cooking lab, and multipurpose space. It will provide opportunities for unique community partnerships. See conceptual renderings below.
Want to learn more about the expansion and how you can be involved? Contact Lisa Shull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND FLOOR EXHIBIT IDEAS
The future 2nd floor Arts & Innovation area opens the door to more interactive exhibit galleries! Explore in the tree house,build in the construction zone, fly the airplane, create movies, music and art! With a successful campaign, our kids will finally be able to enjoy their tree house…yes, it’s time to climb!!
Wait, There's More oN the THIRD FLOOR
A TRUE MULTI-PURPOSE SPACE IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN
The 3rd Floor Community Education Center will provide greatly needed multi-purpose space for educational programs and special events. Two new classrooms and a kitchen facility will offer unique opportunities to expand enrichment offerings.