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--all summer!

    Visit EVERY Friday night through September 1 with free admission from 4:30 to 8:00pm. 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 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

Painting of peacock and flowers
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Join us as we explore and discover Madhubani (Mithila) art – an Indian folk art that originates from the Northern region of India. Get up close to works of art created by Acton-Boxborough High School... READ MORE
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Join us as we explore and discover Madhubani (Mithila) art – an Indian folk art that originates... READ MORE

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Join us as we explore and discover Madhubani (Mithila) art – an Indian folk art that originates... READ MORE

Friday, Jul 28, 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

Friday, Jul 28, 2017
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us with free admission and explore the Children’s Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods at... READ MORE

a girl holds up her two hands that are completely coated with mud

Our blog: Play Matters

Liz Leahey

When we design programs at The Discovery Museums, we are always looking for ways to encourage people to step outside their comfort zones.

We see this happening all the time. But one of the most fun ways, and definitely one of the messiest, is Dirtopia.

Once a year we dump 12 tons


Latest News

students analyzing plant leaves

from The Marblehead Reporter
By Chris Stevens

Bell School’s youngest students dug up some of the world’s oldest fossils when they got the chance to play paleontologists for a day.

Susan Dalton from Discovery Museum Acton... READ MORE