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 all-new museum combines the best STEAM exhibits from our original 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

    Science. Nature. Play.

    Discovery Museum has been bringing early STEM learning to kids and families since 1982.

Today's Hours

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

woman and two boys look at items in a container of sand
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important contributions throughout history to the fields of science, math and art. Katherine Johnson is a physicist and... READ MORE
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important... READ MORE

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important... READ MORE

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Visit the museum today and discover the science of ramps. Using a variety of materials and plenty... READ MORE

Friday, Mar 29, 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

two researchers sit with a child at a table, while his mom looks on

Our blog: Play Matters

By the time they reach preschool age, children are remarkably adept at evaluating others. That is, they understand that someone who shares is more generous than someone who doesn’t share, and that someone who shares more is more generous than someone who shares less. However, children tend to

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Latest News

Acton, MA – Discovery Museum has announced a $5,000 grant from the Foundation of MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program to support the Museum’s Especially for Me program. Especially for Me provides free events for... READ MORE