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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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

Girl crawling out from several hanging blankets.
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Come celebrate Week of the Young Child with us. Today’s theme is Work Together Wednesday, so join us and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort. What can we do with clothespins, sheets... READ MORE
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
—Drop in
April is right in the middle of spring migration.  Engineer a simple bird feeder out of common... READ MORE

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
—Drop in
Come celebrate Week of the Young Child with us. Today’s theme is Work Together Wednesday, so join... READ MORE

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Come celebrate Week of the Young Child with us. Today’s theme is Artsy Thursday, so together we... READ MORE

Friday, Apr 28, 2017
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

a child in rainboots kneels in front of a bucket of mud

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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two boys in a classroom explore the properties of force and motion using balls and ramps

ACTON, MA—The Discovery Museums announced today the seventh year of partnership with MathWorks of Natick, MA to bring the museums’ Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) program to elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the region.