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!

  • 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, Minds at 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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Man holding some burning leaves in his hands while boy watches.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
—Drop in
Did you know that our ancestors started fires just by rubbing two sticks together? Join primitive-skills expert, Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson, to learn and practice the ancient skill of fire-making. He’ll... READ MORE
Saturday, May 26, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
—Drop in
Did you know that our ancestors started fires just by rubbing two sticks together? Join primitive-... READ MORE

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
April showers bring May flowers! Go beyond a flower’s petals while dissecting and uncovering its... READ MORE

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Celebrate May’s full moon, the Flower Moon! The Flower Moon doesn’t look like a flower, but instead... READ MORE

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Explore the science of papermaking as you sculpt and squish recycled paper pulp into new, usable... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Alli Leake

More brain development happens before a child’s third birthday than at any other time in life. Between birth and age three, the brain grows from 25% to 80% of its adult size and forms one million new neural connections each second. If a baby’s body grew as quickly as its brain, three-year-old


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Saturday, June 23

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Visit Discovery Woods and our 550-square-foot treehouse—the grownup way! Enjoy drinks, food, entertainment, and the outdoors.

Leave the kids at home and come play in the treetops, bounce... READ MORE