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

a girl wearing all pink stands in front of a huge pile of dirt, holding up her hands which are covered in mud
Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30 10am-2pm—Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that.  Bring your boots and prepare to get messy. Join us as we discover the... READ MORE
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
How many varieties of one color can you make? Experiment by adding white and black to colored paint... READ MORE

Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30 10am-2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30 10am-2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30 10am-2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

two boys work with translucent geometric shapes at a light table

Our blog: Play Matters

Caitlin Kiley

As I make my way around the museum floor, I see eight students huddled around our three Sand Spinners, focused on the patterns they are creating together. I mentally note that they have been there for a while—a good sign of student engagement. I head outside and notice four students cooperating

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Latest News

from Wicked Local Belmont
By Joanna Tzouvelis
May 26, 2019

Chenery Middle School fifth graders recently participated in hands-on workshops to learn about the physical changes of matter. Leading the workshops was Jody... READ MORE