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

Josh Golin
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Commercialism has been linked to many of the problems facing children today, including obesity, eating disorders, increased materialism, excessive media use, and the erosion of creative play. ... READ MORE
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Can you duplicate nature’s textures?  You can if you create a frottage!  Explore Discovery Woods as... READ MORE

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
—Drop in
Can you make a bird feeder that birds will love to visit? Drop in and try to engineer a bird feeder... READ MORE

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
What types of sounds do you think you’ll hear in the forest this time of year?  Many different... READ MORE

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Can a bubble be flat? Can we make a bubble cube? How about a foamy bubble snake? Play and... READ MORE

two teen volunteers pose in the museum

Our blog: Play Matters

Molly Bloom

I ventured into the Discovery Woods treehouse on a quiet afternoon to find a young visitor building a large tower of KEVA planks with Varun, one of the museum’s Explorers. The tower was high enough that the boy was standing on a stool as he and Varun neatly laid block after block into a tall,


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Wear your jeans, bring your curiosity, and join us for an exciting evening of hands-on fun!

At Discovery Gala, Discovery Museum is just for grownups. It’s a chance to explore the intersection of scientific inquiry and creativity while... READ MORE