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

girl wearing safety goggles uses a screwdriver on old electronics
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones, computers, radios and more? Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors, and circuit boards as you uncover the inner workings of everyday... READ MORE
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
The fall harvest gives a plethora of uniquely colored, shaped, and textured gourds, pumpkins, and... READ MORE

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones, computers, radios and more? Grab a screwdriver and... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

Friday, Nov 15, 2019
10:00 am to 10:45 am
A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held... 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

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ACTON, MA – Discovery Museum and Raytheon are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the museum’s Military Appreciation Program, which provides free museum admission for active duty military members and their families, and free school Field Trips... READ MORE