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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Here's what's happening

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

October 28, 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

October 28, 2016,
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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October 29, 2016,
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
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October 30, 2016,
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
—Drop in

Still not sure what your Halloween costume will be?  We’ve got you covered!  Get creative with... 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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photo of CEO Neil Gordon leaning against a tree on the walkway to an elevated treehouse

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... READ MORE