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

    Hands-on learning

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

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

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Friday, May 3, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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What’s it like to be a scientist or engineer? Find out in this special program where you can talk to real scientists and engineers and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed to showcase their... READ MORE
Friday, Apr 26, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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April showers bring…rainbows! See if you can uncover hidden rainbows in some everyday objects and... READ MORE

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Come join in all the fun and explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods during... READ MORE

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Treat your favorite stuffed animal to a new outfit! Will it be an astronaut suit? A superhero... READ MORE

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Join us to celebrate the ancient holiday of May Day!  We’ll be making nature crowns and nature... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

By the time they reach preschool age, children are remarkably adept at evaluating others. That is, they understand that someone who shares is more generous than someone who doesn’t share, and that someone who shares more is more generous than someone who shares less. However, children tend to

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Latest News

Sen. Jamie Eldridge, CEO Neil Gordon, and Rep. Tami Gouveia at Discovery Museum Evening of Thanks

Acton, MA – On March 1, 2018, the 36-year-old-yet-all-new Discovery Museum opened its doors to a waiting public, after completion of an $8.8M capital expansion and renovation that created a new, accessible, 16,000sf facility. A year later, on... READ MORE