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.

  • long view of new museum building

    The museum combines the best STEAM exhibits from our original two museums—for little kids, big kids, and adults—and many exciting new ones!

  • 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

  • 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

    Hands-on learning

    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 & 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

a lantern made out of cardboard, tissue paper, and pipecleaners.
Friday, November 22, 2019 - Drop-in for lantern making 2-4pm; outdoor lantern procession 4:15pm
Can you construct a lantern?  We’ll have all the materials you’ll need to make a one of a kind lantern.  When you’re finished, put in an LED candle and we’ll light-up Fairyborough with a lantern... READ MORE
Friday, November 22, 2019 - Drop-in for lantern making 2-4pm; outdoor lantern procession 4:15pm
Can you construct a lantern?  We’ll have all the materials you’ll need to make a one of a kind... READ MORE

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 (All day)
The museum is closed on Mondays during the school year, except for vacation weeks and certain... READ MORE

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Explore the possibilities of reusing what we usually throw away. Today we’ll be creating... READ MORE

the legs of a toddler climbing up a mud hill

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

a big group of students and several adults stand in front of the museum

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