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.

  • artist's rendering of the future Discovery Museum

    Be a part of the transformation of the place you love.

  • 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.

  • an elevated treehouse on a sunny day, bare trees and snow on the ground, children playing

    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

    First Friday Nights Free!

    Visit on the first Friday night of each month with free admission from 4:30 to 8:30pm. We will gladly accept non-perishable food donations for local food pantries.

  • a boy reaches up with his hand to touch a giant amethyst

    Hands-On, Minds at Play

    The Discovery Museums have been bringing early STEM learning to kids and families for more than 34 years.

Today's Hours
Children's Discovery Museum 9:00am - 4:30pm
Science Discovery Museum 10:00am - 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

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
What types of sounds do you think you’ll hear in the forest this time of year?  We’ll be making some predictions and adding them to our listening wheels.  Then we’ll decorate the wheels and bring... READ MORE
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Three, two, one … blast off!  Strap on your imaginary moon boots and join us for some mathematical... READ MORE

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important... READ MORE

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
What types of sounds do you think you’ll hear in the forest this time of year?  We’ll be making... READ MORE

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology.... READ MORE

rendering of new building interior space

Our blog: Play Matters

Neil Gordon

Your Discovery Museums are about to change a lot…and, not at all.

On March 1, we announced Ready, Set, Build!—the culmination of a campaign through which your museums will become a one-building, fully-accessible museum, and become better able than ever to serve all of the


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artists rendering of interior of new museum

Earlier this month, the Discovery Museums launched "Ready, Set, Build!" the final phase of its $8.4 million capital campaign to expand the museums' facilities and reconstruct the campus.