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!

  • 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, Minds at 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

Especially for Me logo
Saturday, Mar 24, 2018
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
—Drop in
Your NEW museum is ready! Join us during this special free evening especially for families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA children. In our new, accessible, and ADA-compliant building you can... READ MORE
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 11:00 am
Celebrate all the important things that healthy trees provide for us on International Forest day. ... READ MORE

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Spring has sprung and we can barely “contain” our excitement here at the museum!  How about you? ... READ MORE

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones, computers, radios and more? Grab a screwdriver and... READ MORE

Friday, Mar 23, 2018
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

exterior view of the museum building

Our blog: Play Matters

Neil Gordon

Your new museum is ready!

It’s time to celebrate, to take pride in what we’ve accomplished, and to express tremendous gratitude to everyone who helped us get here. For so long, this day seemed impossibly far away. Now that we’ve made it, we can take a collective breath and simply savor


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