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Discovery Museum Awarded the Nation's Highest Museum Honor

This prestigious award honors institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. We are deeply honored and very proud!

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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 non-perishable food donations for local pantries. Reservations recommended; walk-ins are not guaranteed.

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Especially for Me!

We offer special free admission hours for families with children with an ASD, hearing or vision loss, sensory sensitivities and more, because we want every child to be able to visit.

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Play and Explore in Discovery Woods

Our 550-square foot, fully accessible treehouse and surrounding nature playscape will get you playing outside—12 months a year!

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Play Matters

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

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Science | Nature | Play

The Museum combines the best STEAM exhibits from our original two museums—for little kids, big kids, and adults—and much more!

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 STEAM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.

Today’s Hours

9:00am to 8:00pm | free admission begins 4:30pm
Reservations recommended, walk-ins not guaranteed admission

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An Award-Winning Destination

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Commonwealth Award
Lowell Sun 2021 Winner
Wicked Local Readers Choice 2020
Boston Parents Paper 2023 award