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.

Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum, including for Summer Friday Nights Free. Masks are required indoors for all visitors ages 2+.

Today's Hours
Discovery Museum 9am to 4:30pm; 4:30 to 7:30pm with free admission
Discovery Woods 9am to 4:30pm; 4:30 to 7:30pm with free admission
students participate in a weather experiment

Spark Discovery in the Classroom!

Traveling Science Workshops

Highly skilled, dynamic educators inspire students and their teachers with fun, hands-on STEM workshops delivered in-person in the classroom. Choose from more than 20 hands-on science and engineering topics to spark curiosity and love of learning! For students in grades PreK to 8.

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Here's what's happening

plants growing in a round wooden container outside. a handmade sign sticking out says "taste".
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Learn what plants need to grow and help us take care of the Discovery Woods Garden. We will water our plants, check for weeds, and see if any plants are ready to be picked. Be on the lookout for... READ MORE
Friday, Jul 23, 2021
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us with free admission and explore the Museum and Discovery Woods at night--every Friday... READ MORE

Saturday, Jul 24, 2021
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021
9:30 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Are you curious about what’s inside everyday electronics? Grab some tools and discover resistors,... READ MORE

Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
9:30 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Join us as we make special cards and drawing to share with our friends, near and far, in... READ MORE

a boy bends down to look in a mirror while upside down

Play Matters Blog

Denise LeBlanc

From the archive

Are you a scientist? Most people would be quick to answer “no” about themselves. But in reality, we are all natural scientists and practice science in our everyday lives. We are born experimenters: from the baby who puts things in her mouth, to


Latest News

a young girl reaches up to touch a very large globe

Dear Friend of the Museum,

Today I watched a dad and his 3-year-old son play hide-and-seek all over the Museum’s outdoor campus. Watching how they naturally found the fun and joy in the surroundings we have created, I thought about how a... READ MORE