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 - 8:00pm
Science Discovery Museum CLOSED for expansion and renovation
Discovery Woods 9:00am - 8:00pm

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 bee on a flower.
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Join researcher Rachael Bonoan from Tufts University as she shares her work studying honey bees! With the help of a teaching hive, get up close to our bee friends as we learn all about the importance... READ MORE
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Join researcher Rachael Bonoan from Tufts University as she shares her work studying honey bees!... READ MORE

Every summer Friday night through September 1st, 4:30 - 8:00pm
Join us with free admission and explore the Children’s Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods at... READ MORE

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Did you know that August 19th is Orville Wright’s birthday and National Aviation Day? Join us as we... READ MORE

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
—Drop in
Come join in all the fun during this special free evening especially for families with members on... READ MORE

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Our blog: Play Matters

Over the past year, the ABCD (All Boston College Development) psychology labs have been visiting The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA to conduct studies with the museum visitors and spread the word about psychological science


Latest News

a young boy hands an envelope to an older man

ACTON, MA – George O'Rourke of Acton, age 6, stopped by The Discovery Museums recently to donate to the museum’s Ready, Set, Build! campaign for completion of the new Discovery Museum, opening December 2017.