Play matters

Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.

Today's Hours
Discovery Museum 9:00-11:00, 12:00-2:00, 3:00-4:30
Discovery Woods 9:00-11:00, 12:00-2:00, 3:00-dusk
children hold up one of their shoes while participating in a virtual science workshop

Live virtual workshops available now!

Virtual Traveling Science Workshops

Virtual Traveling Science Workshops preserve the greatest strengths of our in-class offerings: interactive workshops with talented STEM instructors, offering engaging, hands-on experiences. Workshops are streamed live to encourage interaction and as always, students in our workshops are enjoying...

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Here's what's happening

Thursday, Mar 18, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Charlie Washburn, Retired Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VSA Massachusetts, grandfather of two boys on the autism spectrum, Donna Danielewski, Senior Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH, mother of a child with autism
This workshop will explore the lush landscape of grandparenting children on the Autism Spectrum. We’ll explore the unique role grandparents—and others who fill that sort of supporting role—can play... READ MORE
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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Join us as we honor Black History Month and National Engineers week and learn about black men and... READ MORE

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Join us for this special, afternoon event for ALL our previous Especially for Me families, as well... READ MORE

Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important... READ MORE

Saturday, Mar 6, 2021
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important... READ MORE

a family of 3 enjoys the Museum, wearing facial masks

Our blog: Play Matters

Brindha Muniappan

We are ready and eager to welcome you back to the Discovery Museum! Although the way we play now is a little different than it was before, our objective remains the same: to spark curiosity, inspire learning through playful exploration, and foster social connections and empathy. We also want to

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Latest News

4 children hang and play on a giant, 12.5 foot tall lever with a basket swing on one end

Acton, MA - Discovery Museum announced today three new outdoor exhibits inspired by the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, along with “... READ MORE