Temple Children's Museum is a Museum without walls. We currently travel throughout the local communities of Bell County with a dream of settling into a permanent home in Downtown Temple. For a more in depth look at where we've been and where we are going check out our presentation below!
Susan Chandler developed the idea of Temple Children’s Museum through visiting similar museums and her time spent volunteering at Austin Children’s Museum. When she and her family relocated to Temple, she knew there was a need for hands-on learning. In early 2016, Susan began recruiting like-minded individuals in the community from her moms’ group and sons’ preschool. The founders started meeting regularly to develop the idea into a reality.
In February of 2017, Ellen Burnett, Susan Chandler, Ashley Heinrich, and Kathryn Hermans presented the idea of a children’s museum to the board of the Cultural Activities Center (CAC) and were accepted as a member group. Not long after this presentation, Hannah Weekley joined as a founder, playing an integral role in the development of TCM’s first official fundraiser in May of 2017. The fundraiser, a grassroots effort geared towards influential women in Bell County, raised a little over $30,000.
During the remainder of 2017 and the first half of 2018, the museum has taken hands-on learning to an estimated 2,500 children in Bell County. In January of 2018 we added 10 additional board members and have some very exciting things planned for this year. Please join us on this journey by visiting one of our community pop-up events or donating!