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.

  • 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.

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    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 CLOSED for expansion and renovation
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

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Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 2:00 pm—Drop in
Explore the science of papermaking as you sculpt and squish recycled paper pulp into new, usable paper. Take home a piece of paper that can hold a message for someone special during this season of... READ MORE
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am
—Drop in
Can you tell the difference between a snowflake and a snow-fake? Discover the science and math... READ MORE

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Join Therapy Dog Abby for cozy, winter Storytime and bring your blanket!   Abby is a certified... READ MORE

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 2:00 pm —Drop in
Explore the science of papermaking as you sculpt and squish recycled paper pulp into new, usable... READ MORE

Friday, Dec 15, 2017
10:00 am to 10:45 am
A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Rachel Danford

I am trying to look calm and cool on the outside but inside, my heart is pounding. “Watch this, momma!” my 4-year-old daughter squeals as she swings from a branch and just barely catches the boulder with her feet. Thankfully, as the Outdoor and Environmental Educator at the Discovery


Latest News

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Acton, MA – The Discovery Museums have welcomed Cheryl Beaudoin and Justin Kliger to the Board of Directors.

Cheryl Beaudoin is a Kindergarten teacher in the Acton-Boxborough Public Schools. She began her teaching career in 2009, after... READ MORE