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.

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    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!  

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    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!

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    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 begin June 23!

    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.

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    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

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Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
—Drop in
It’s International Mud Day and we’re celebrating by creating muddy masterpieces! Grab a paint brush, a palette of mud and create a unique mud painting. Help us create a one-of-a-kind community art... READ MORE
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
—Drop in
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled... READ MORE

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 am
—Drop in
Make a one-of-a-kind art piece by dripping, spinning, and watching the colors whirl. The Make a... READ MORE

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
—Drop in
It’s International Mud Day and we’re celebrating by creating muddy masterpieces! Grab a paint brush... READ MORE

Friday, Jun 30, 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

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Our blog: Play Matters

Molly Bloom

Recently we celebrated National Volunteer Week to honor The Discovery Museums’ volunteers and the countless ways they support us. The non-volunteer staff wore “We Love Our Volunteers” buttons, and we threw them a party to say thanks for their many contributions throughout the year.


Latest News

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ACTON, MA – The Discovery Museums announced its summer schedule of programs, closings, and free admission evenings throughout the summer:

The Science Discovery Museum building will close to the public on Saturday, June 17... READ MORE