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.

  • a girl uses tweezers in to use a wall-mounted electronic game

    January 18 - May 10, 2020

  • long view of new museum building

    The museum combines the best STEAM exhibits from our original two museums—for little kids, big kids, and adults—and many exciting new ones!

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    WCVB-TV5 looks at the museum's accessibility features and Especially for Me free programs for families with disabilities

  • 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.

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    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. 

  • elevated treehouse and wooden walkway leading under it

    Tour Discovery Woods with WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle!  

  • 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!

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    Great play is what every kid needs, and every kid deserves.

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    Hands-on learning

    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 - dusk

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 & 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

A smiling boy sits with a tray of sand and uses a cup as a tool
Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
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 as you play, create, and experiment using your hands and some simple tools. The Make a Mess program... READ MORE
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling... READ MORE

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Treat your favorite stuffed animal to a new outfit! Will it be an astronaut suit?  A superhero... READ MORE

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
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 as... READ MORE

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Alli Leake

When Hillary Einboden visited the Discovery Museum for the first time, she knew she’d found a “unique and wonderful place"—a noteworthy observation coming from someone who spent a full year exploring wonderful places with her children.

Hillary and her children, Ezra, 7, and Eve, 3, went

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Latest News

Popular series, now in its 10th year, offers free access for families of children with an autism spectrum disorder, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a visual impairment.

ACTON - The Discovery Museum has announced 2020... READ MORE