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.

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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Peter Gray
Wed, November 2, 2016,
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Peter Gray, Ph.D., Research professor at Boston College and author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life"

"Play" is a word that we use commonly to refer to children's preferred activities and to some adult activities. But what, really, is play? In this talk Dr. Peter Gray will define play as an... READ MORE

October 25, 2016,
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in

Have you ever stopped to recognize all the different parts of a pumpkin?  Squish some pumpkin... READ MORE

October 25, 2016,
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fall in New England is the perfect time for creating art with nature! We’ll be collecting leaves... READ MORE

October 26, 2016,
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in

Nano structures produce the beautiful iridescent colors we see on butterflies, beetles, birds,... READ MORE

October 27, 2016,
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
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Our blog: Play Matters

Neil Gordon

The Discovery Museums are a rich, joyful, and developmentally supportive experience for the kids who visit. But what about the kids who don’t visit?

We know that every kid can benefit from visiting museums, and therefore our goal is to make The Discovery Museums a welcoming and accessible


Latest News

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Acton, MA – The Discovery Museums have welcomed Pamela Gannon, Ph.D. to their board of directors.

Pam brings to the Board educational and professional experience in scientific research and science communications, coupled with significant... READ MORE