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.

  • a girl uses tweezers in to use a wall-mounted electronic game

    January 18 - May 10, 2020

  • 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!

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    WCVB-TV5 looks at the museum's accessibility features and Especially for Me free programs for families with disabilities

  • 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 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. 

  • elevated treehouse and wooden walkway leading under it

    Tour Discovery Woods with WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle!  

  • 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!

  • three children playing with funnels suspended over a sand table

    Great play is what every kid needs, and every kid deserves.

  • 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 - 4:30pm
Discovery Woods 9:00am - dusk

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

Young women wearing kimonos stand in front of a group singing and doing hand motions
Tuesday, February 25, 2019 - 10am to 10:45am and 2pm - 2:45pm
How do you sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in Japanese? Do Japanese children play with the same toys as me? Join visiting student teachers from Showa University in Tokyo to explore classic... READ MORE
Tuesday, February 25, 2019 - 10am to 10:45am and 2pm - 2:45pm
How do you sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in Japanese? Do Japanese children play with the... READ MORE

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 11:00 am
Did you know that Discovery Woods is an entrance to the Great Hill Conservation Land? Have you ever... READ MORE

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Do dogs play with toys just like us? What are some of Abby’s favorite toys? In what ways do dog... READ MORE

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
“Childhood is the springtime of humanity” We all have personal experience with childhood but now we... READ MORE

a mother and son share an A-ha moment!

Our blog: Play Matters

Natasha Venti

Discovery Museum visitors bring a wide range of interests, temperaments, ages, and abilities to their experiences here.  And so, we design both our exhibits and programs around the basic idea that there is no one “right” way to participate and no “one-size-fits-all” definition of success.


Latest News

Popular series, now in its 10th year, offers free access for families of children with an autism spectrum disorder, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a visual impairment.

ACTON - The Discovery Museum has announced 2020... READ MORE