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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    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

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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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    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 - 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 & 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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Four sessions: Thursdays 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Join us in the Discovery Museum’s da Vinci Workshop for an exciting new program series based on simple machines. Leonardo da Vinci—scientist, artist, and inventor—envisioned numerous mechanical... READ MORE
Saturday, Oct. 12 - Monday, Oct. 14; 11am - 4pm —Drop in
You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at some fun LEGO challenges... READ MORE

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Our visitors LOVE to snip and tear paper! Show off your scissor skills, try cutting for the first... READ MORE

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Celebrate National Fossil Day with us in Discovery Woods! Experiment with water to reveal fossils... READ MORE

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Abby the Therapy Dog needs your help deciding what costume she should wear on Halloween. Tell Abby... 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


Latest News

headshot, Dr. J. Kevin Nugent

Acton, MA – Discovery Museum is pleased to welcome to its Board of Directors J. Kevin Nugent, Ph.D.

Dr. Nugent is Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He... READ MORE