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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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
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 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

logo: Summer Friday Nights Free
4:30pm to 8pm, every Friday night June 22nd to Aug 31st
Join us with free admission every Friday night throughout the summer! Explore your NEW Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods, and buy a cone from the Vee Bop ice cream truck while it is here. We will... READ MORE
Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1, 10am to 2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1, 10am to 2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1, 10am to 2pm —Drop in
The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud... READ MORE

4:30pm to 8pm, every Friday night June 22nd to Aug 31st
Join us with free admission every Friday night throughout the summer! Explore your NEW Discovery... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Alli Leake

More brain development happens before a child’s third birthday than at any other time in life. Between birth and age three, the brain grows from 25% to 80% of its adult size and forms one million new neural connections each second. If a baby’s body grew as quickly as its brain, three-year-old

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Saturday, June 23

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Visit Discovery Woods and our 550-square-foot treehouse—the grownup way! Enjoy drinks, food, entertainment, and the outdoors.

Leave the kids at home and come play in the treetops, bounce... READ MORE