We welcome visitors of all ability and mobility levels and will work with you or your group to accommodate any special needs. Please call 978-264-4200 ext. 111 with any questions.

Campus accessibility

Discovery Museum building and exhibits and our Discovery Woods nature playscape and Treehouse were built based on Universal Design standards to be useable and appealing to the widest range of people, and are wheelchair accessible. Service dogs are welcome.

The museum building has three floors; each is accessible by elevator. There are two elevators in the building and an accessible entrance.  

Discovery Woods has an accessible pathway that winds through the space, and the Treehouse is accessed on-grade from the driveway.

Access events: Especially for Me

Our Especially for Me events offer free admission hours and special events for families with members with autism, vision or hearing loss, or sensory sensitivities. 

Available resources

Our Story Guide to Discovery Museum, which includes a sensory guide to our indoor and outdoor spaces, is available in six languages, both online on our Especially for Me page and at our Admissions Desk. You might also visit the Exhibits section of our website to familiarize yourself with our galleries. 

Noise-reducing headphones are available to visitors who may be sensitive to sound or need a break from stimulation. A portable step stool is available to borrow for easier access to exhibits. Please ask at the Admissions Desk for these items.

An adult-sized wheelchair (can be self-propelled) and adult-sized transport chair (cannot be self-propelled, must be pushed by an adult) are available to borrow. Please ask at the Admissions Desk.

Looking for a quiet spot? A staff member will be happy to point you in the right direction or find a good spot for you and your child.