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.

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    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.

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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 1:00pm - 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

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Come explore the Museums’ campus at your own pace. During these events the Museums are open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled in order to avoid crowding... READ MORE
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Don your safety googles and grab a hammer. All ages can try their hand at using real tools in the... READ MORE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Come explore the Museums’ campus at your own pace. During these events the Museums are open to the... READ MORE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:00 pm
Did you know that The Discovery Museums’ campus connects to the Great Hill Conservation and... READ MORE

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Rachel Danford

So it’s raining, it’s been raining…sometimes Spring in New England feels like maybe it will rain forever! Home with a rambunctious 3-year old I found myself searching the internet for fun rainy day activities for little ones. I found, “10 indoor rainy day activities your kids will love,” “Indoor


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promotional photo of The Treehouse Guys

“Discovery Treehouse in Massachusetts” episode to air on Tuesday, May 16 at 4pm EST on DIY Network