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.

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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Peter Gray
Wed, November 2, 2016,
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Peter Gray, Ph.D., Research professor at Boston College and author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life"

"Play" is a word that we use commonly to refer to children's preferred activities and to some adult activities. But what, really, is play? In this talk Dr. Peter Gray will define play as an... READ MORE

September 30, 2016,
10:00 am to 10:45 am

A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be... READ MORE

September 30, 2016,
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in

Fall is the time that Mother Nature sows her seeds, so they are ready for Spring. We’ll take a... READ MORE

October 1, 2016,
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
—Drop in

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Join Suanna Crowley, PhD, RPA of AnthroScience... READ MORE

October 4, 2016,
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in

Small mirrors are ideal for exploring reflections. How should you hold a mirror to get the best... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Neil Gordon

The Discovery Museums are a rich, joyful, and developmentally supportive experience for the kids who visit. But what about the kids who don’t visit?

We know that every kid can benefit from visiting museums, and therefore our goal is to make The Discovery Museums a welcoming and accessible


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5th graders at the Crisafulli Elementary School in Westford, MA explore the properties of force and motion in a Traveling Science Workshop by The Discovery Museums

ACTON, MA—The Discovery Museums announced today a renewed partnership with MathWorks of Natick, MA to bring the museums’ Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) program to elementary and middle schools. Now in its 24th year, TSW is a state curriculum-... READ MORE