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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Here's what's happening

Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Katherine Reynolds Lewis, award-winning independent journalist, speaker, and author: The Good News About Bad Behavior
A surprising problem has quietly been developing in the current generation of children: they are out of control. A recent study of first-graders found they could sit still for no more than three... READ MORE
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Squish it, sculpt it, drip it, and more!  Discover the unique properties of this special material... READ MORE

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones, computers, radios and more? Grab a screwdriver and... READ MORE

Friday, Apr 27, 2018
10:00 am to 10:45 am
A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held... READ MORE

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Sometimes being a fish is hard! Learn about our local migratory fish species and the obstacles that... READ MORE

a father plays with his young child

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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Latest News

exterior of the Discovery Museum

Acton, MA – Discovery Museum is pleased to welcome Helen Crary, Jeff Glidden, Kerry Hawitt, and Andrew Howard to its Board of Directors.