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.

Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum, including for Summer Friday Nights Free. Masks are required indoors for all visitors ages 2+.

Today's Hours
Discovery Museum 9:00am to 4:30pm
Discovery Woods 9:00am to 4:30pm
students participate in a weather experiment

Spark Discovery in the Classroom!

Traveling Science Workshops

Highly skilled, dynamic educators inspire students and their teachers with fun, hands-on STEM workshops delivered in-person in the classroom. Choose from more than 20 hands-on science and engineering topics to spark curiosity and love of learning! For students in grades PreK to 8.

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Here's what's happening

a small boy wearing glasses sits by a window looking at a book with another book on his lap
Thursday, Aug 5, 2021
9:30 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
National Book Lovers Day is August 9, a day for those who can't live without books and reading. Join us as we create our very own books in preparation of this noteworthy day. What will you write... READ MORE
Saturday, Jul 31, 2021
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021
9:30 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Georges Seurat invented a special style of painting using lots of little dots, called pointillism.... READ MORE

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
—Drop in
Over time, bird beaks have evolved to be a variety of shapes and sizes, in order for different... READ MORE

Thursday, Aug 5, 2021
9:30 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
National Book Lovers Day is August 9, a day for those who can't live without books and reading.... READ MORE

a boy bends down to look in a mirror while upside down

Play Matters Blog

Denise LeBlanc

From the archive

Are you a scientist? Most people would be quick to answer “no” about themselves. But in reality, we are all natural scientists and practice science in our everyday lives. We are born experimenters: from the baby who puts things in her mouth, to


Latest News

a young girl reaches up to touch a very large globe

Dear Friend of the Museum,

Today I watched a dad and his 3-year-old son play hide-and-seek all over the Museum’s outdoor campus. Watching how they naturally found the fun and joy in the surroundings we have created, I thought about how a... READ MORE