award medal on a ribbon
News Release
December 15, 2016

Awards celebrate exceptional achievements in the arts, humanities, & sciences; the Museums are the only winner in the Access category.

a tv camera leans against the open door of a treehouse
November 23, 2016

In an episode entitled, "What's New," the segment featured a tour of Discovery Woods and interview with CEO Neil Gordon.  View it here  

Five girls play at a large outdoor musical instrument made of long tubes.
News Release
November 16, 2016

The cornerstone of the Military Appreciation program is free museum admission for active duty military personnel and up to three family members, September through May; during the summer months, up to five additional family members are admitted for free. Military family visits to the museums... READ MORE

Dropbox Co-founder Drew Houston
News Release
October 26, 2016

Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston will join Neil Gordon, CEO of The Discovery Museums, in a fireside chat to discuss Houston’s journey from exploring his dad’s office as a kid in Acton to bringing his ideas to Silicon Valley, where he created one of the fastest growing tech companies. He’... READ MORE

photo of CEO Neil Gordon leaning against a tree on the walkway to an elevated treehouse
Media Coverage
October 23, 2016

Founded in 1982, the nonprofit Discovery Museums in Acton is undergoing a transformation through an $8.4 million capital campaign. The planned improvements, which are estimated for completion next year, include expanding and uniting its Children’s Discovery and Science Discovery museums,... READ MORE

News Release
October 19, 2016

The discussion “What Exactly Is Play, and Why Is It Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?” to be held at Belmont Day School.

CEO Neil Gordon
CEO Update
October 13, 2016

It is immensely rewarding when a single happening brings great clarity to multiple objectives you're trying to achieve. This happened for me recently when I met a young boy—I'll call him Tommy—and his mom during their visit to our new ... READ MORE

a woman stands next to the side of a whimsical treehouse
News Release
October 12, 2016

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 experience in the public and nonprofit sectors.... READ MORE

a photo of an elevated treehouse from across a playscape
Media Coverage
October 1, 2016

On a recent beautiful evening, a group of visitors explored the new Discovery Woods area at The Discovery Museums in Acton. Children played in the 550-square-foot treehouse, scaled the rope climbing wall, enjoyed the nest swing, and glided down the... READ MORE

CEO Neil Gordon
CEO Update
July 28, 2016

I am still riding an emotional high. On July 16 and 17 we celebrated the Grand Opening of Discovery Woods, our inclusive and fully-accessible nature playscape and was simply a joy to open Discovery Woods, and to see so many kids having such a blast outdoors playing in this unique... READ MORE