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

    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 - 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

paper making materials laid out on a table
Thursday, May 30, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Explore the science of papermaking as you sculpt and squish recycled paper into new, usable paper. Sprinkle in a few wildflower seeds and take home a piece of paper that can hold a special message... READ MORE
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join us as we experiment with resist painting.  Make an image created by using materials that repel... READ MORE

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
—Drop in
Our pollinator friends, like bees and butterflies, help beautiful Spring flowers bloom every year... READ MORE

Thursday, May 23, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Our visitors LOVE to snip and tear paper! Show off your scissor skills, try cutting for the first... READ MORE

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
We have much to learn from infants. Early experience enduringly shapes the brain, creating windows... READ MORE

two boys work with translucent geometric shapes at a light table

Our blog: Play Matters

Caitlin Kiley

As I make my way around the museum floor, I see eight students huddled around our three Sand Spinners, focused on the patterns they are creating together. I mentally note that they have been there for a while—a good sign of student engagement. I head outside and notice four students cooperating


Latest News

Denise LeBlanc at an airflow exhibit in the museum

from The Beacon
by Matt Mallio

For 30 years, Denise LeBlanc, the director of Learning Experiences for Acton’s Discovery Museum, has helped kids and adults experience the all-important “ah-hah” moment where hands-on... READ MORE