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

Friday, Jun 14, 2019
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Visit Discovery Woods and our 550-square foot treehouse–the grownup way! Leave the kids at home and come play in the treetops, bounce on the wiggly bridge, have a drink with friends, and enjoy the... READ MORE
Friday, May 24, 2019 (All day) —Drop in
I spy with my little eyes…Strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough. Head to the path to... READ MORE

Friday, May 24, 2019
10:00 am to 10:45 am
Forest Friday visits our gardening program today!  Learn about gardening from visiting garden... READ MORE

Friday, May 24, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
—Drop in
We’re partnering with Fresh Start Food Gardens to grow a garden of food in Discovery Woods and we... READ MORE

Saturday, May 25, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
We’re putting a fresh spin on art! We’ll twist our tools, twirl our paper, and give our watercolors... 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

Denise LeBlanc at an airflow exhibit in the museum

from The Beacon
by Matt Mallio

For 30 years, Denise LeBlanc, the director of Learning Experiences for Acton’s Discovery Museum, has helped kids and adults experience the all-important “ah-hah” moment where hands-on... READ MORE