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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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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Girl pets a service dog
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Having a pet is a big responsibility! Help Abby’s owner demonstrate some of the things she does to take care of Abby. How do you take care of yourself and the people and pets you love? Abby is a... READ MORE
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Join us in Discovery Woods to celebrate whatever weather Mother Nature decides to give us today. We... READ MORE

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Ahoy matey! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we’re celebrating with some seaworthy... READ MORE

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Having a pet is a big responsibility! Help Abby’s owner demonstrate some of the things she does to... READ MORE

Friday, Sep 21, 2018
9:30 am to 10:00 am
Explore sound through singing and playing. Move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory... READ MORE

Jeremy Davis and Denise LeBlanc in Discovery Woods with a Mt. Washington Observatory poster

Our blog: Play Matters

Denise LeBlanc

Like many meteorologists, Jeremy Davis’ love of weather started early.

“It’s science you can see every day. It’s accessible. The meteorologists I know all say they got the bug when they were really young and never looked back. I always knew what I wanted to do,” he says.

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Josh Golin

Who: Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

What: Discovery Museum 2018 Speaker Series event      

When: Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Oak Meadow School, 2 Old Pickard... READ MORE