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.

  • 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

A group of kids holding twigs.
Friday, Jan 26, 2018
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 outside, no matter the weather!  Every Friday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the... READ MORE
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Twirl, kerplunk, flutter, bounce… how many ways can we make a piece of paper fall to the ground?... READ MORE

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Squish it, sculpt it, drip it, and more!  Discover the unique properties of this special material... READ MORE

Friday, Jan 26, 2018
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

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
We’ve made it through our first month of winter, wearing jackets, mittens and scarves to keep warm... READ MORE

too young children "skate" on a smooth white surface in their socks

Our blog: Play Matters

Liz Leahey

Set a kid wearing socks on a slippery floor and inevitably, sock skating will follow. This is proving true at the Discovery Museum, where our outdoor sock-skating rink is encouraging children—and parents and grandparents—to slip, slide, and spin, across the “ice.”

At the Discovery Museum

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Museum Sets Fundraising Record, Raising $8.8M to Surpass $8.4M Campaign Goal

ADA-compliant building and accessible exhibits... READ MORE