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.

  • long view of new museum building

    The all-new museum combines the best STEAM exhibits from our original museums—for little kids, big kids, and adults—and many exciting new ones!

  • screenshot of Channel 5 news segment about the museum

    WCVB-TV5 looks at the museum's accessibility features and Especially for Me free programs for families with disabilities

  • elevated treehouse and wooden walkway leading under it

    Tour Discovery Woods with WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle!  

  • three children playing with funnels suspended over a sand table

    Great play is what every kid needs, and every kid deserves.

  • treehouse and elevated wooden walkway leading to it

    Our 550-square foot, fully-accessible treehouse and surrounding nature playscape will get you playing outside—12 months a year!

  • a young girl arranges geometric shapes on a magnetic wall

    We offer special free admission hours for families with children with an ASD, hearing loss, or vision loss, because we want every child to be able to visit. 

  • a child reaches up to put a ball on a tube track that he built

    Free Friday Nights!

    Visit the first Friday night of each month—every Friday night in summer—with free admission 4:30 to 8:00pm. We gladly accept food donations for local pantries.

  • a boy reaches up with his hand to touch a giant amethyst

    Science. Nature. Play.

    Discovery Museum has been bringing early STEM learning to kids and families since 1982.

Today's Hours
Discovery Museum 9:00am - 4:30pm
Discovery Woods 9:00am - 4:30pm

Sparking Discovery in the Classroom

Traveling Science Workshops

Since 1992, our highly skilled, dynamic educators have inspired students with fun, hands-on STEM workshops delivered right in the classroom. From Physical Changes of Matter to Force and Motion to Weather, topics are designed to spark curiosity and strengthen the practices of science and ...

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Here's what's happening

Girl with a service dog wearing a lobster costume.
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Abby the Therapy Dog needs your help deciding what costume she should wear on Halloween. Tell Abby all about your Halloween costume, help her play doggy dress-up, and vote for the costume you think... READ MORE
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
10:00 am to 10:45 am
A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held... READ MORE

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
This class offers tools and techniques you can use if you ever find yourself cold, hungry, and... READ MORE

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
When we build flying and floating creations we’ll observe how the materials we use change how they... READ MORE

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Discover the wonders of chemistry as we celebrate National Chemistry Week. Join us for fun, hands-... READ MORE

a mother and son see themselves in a hinged mirror as they play with geometric shapes

Our blog: Play Matters

Denise LeBlanc

“Look, look, there’s 13 of me!” exclaims a young boy as he peers into a nearly closed Hinged Mirror. “I can’t see you,” says his mom. He opens the mirror wider and there are fewer reflections of him. “It needs to be almost closed!” he declares.

Near the Math Dance exhibit two girls are

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Latest News

Lew Michaels, Neil Gordon, and Betty Siegel at the John F. Kennedy Center LEAD awards ceremony

Awards celebrate the advancement of inclusion of people with disabilities in the cultural arts

ACTON, MA—Discovery Museum announced today its selection as a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2018 Leadership... READ MORE