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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Science. Nature. Play.

    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

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Friday, Jul 20, 2018
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
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Join us for Free Fun Friday! We’ll open with free admission all day until 8:00pm thanks to Highland Street Foundation, which is generously funding their Free Fun Fridays at area cultural institutions... READ MORE
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Calling all experts and novices! We love trying out new ideas for programs here at the museum and... READ MORE

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Exercise is an important part of staying healthy for dogs and people! Find out how Abby gets... READ MORE

Friday, Jul 20, 2018
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
—Drop in
Join us for Free Fun Friday! We’ll open with free admission all day until 8:00pm thanks to Highland... READ MORE

Saturday, Jul 21, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Learn the basic skills for building a shelter from primitive materials and work together to build a... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Denise LeBlanc

Last year I spent a lot of time tricking people: fooling librarians, teachers, visitors, and even my coworkers and family. I made them do math…willingly yet unknowingly! During workshops, meetings, and at family gatherings, I would quietly put out activities, trays, manipulatives—they’d use them


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We are honored and thrilled to announce that Discovery Museum has been named Boston magazine's Best of Boston® 2018 - Best Family-Friendly Museum, West.