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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Boy using a stethoscope to listen to a service dog's belly.
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Can you find Abby’s heartbeat?  What does the inside of a dog’s ear look like?  You can try out the role of a veterinarian and use tools to observe Abby, the Labrador Retriever.  Lots of pets and... READ MORE
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Dust off your thinking cap, warm up your imagination, and join us as we tinker about with straws,... READ MORE

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 2:00 pm
Did you know that The Discovery Museums’ campus connects to the Great Hill Conservation and... READ MORE

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
From parachutes to whirligigs to hoop gliders, we’ll craft some simple contraptions that harness... READ MORE

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Can you find Abby’s heartbeat?  What does the inside of a dog’s ear look like?  You can try out the... 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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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