Discovery Museum

Discovery  Museum Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for families that blends science, nature, and play.
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The Discovery Museums blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning, environmental education and intentional play on a beautiful 4.5 acre campus in Acton, MA. One admission price includes the Science Discovery Museum (currently closed, until December 2017), the Children’s Discovery Museum (ages 0-6), and Discovery Woods, a year-round, accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550-square foot treehouse. Hands-on, playful exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation and imagination.

03/23/2018

Our April 7 Especially For Me: Autism-Friendly Evening is FULL and we cannot accept any more registrations. Our next Autism-Friendly Evening is May 19. Registration for May 19 is open here: http://bit.ly/ASDEveningMay2018

03/23/2018

Thank you to Cultural Councils of Marlborough, Westford, and Townsend for their grants in support of Mass Cultural Council's "EBT Card to Culture" program giving reduced admission to EBT and WIC cardholders.

Timeline Photos
03/23/2018

Timeline Photos

Great job and thank you, JM Coull, Inc.!
03/21/2018

Great job and thank you, JM Coull, Inc.!

The renovation and expansion at Discovery Museum is finished! Just some landscaping left to do when the snow finally leaves us. The space looks absolutely incredible! (Credit: Gregg Shupe/Shupe Studios)

Thank you to the Maynard Cultural Council, Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Weston Cultural Council for their sup...
03/21/2018
Accessibility & Inclusion: Especially for Me

Thank you to the Maynard Cultural Council, Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Weston Cultural Council for their support of our Especially for Me program which offers dedicated hours and free museum admission for families facing developmental challenges.

Space is still available for this Saturday's Evening for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & KODA Children, March 24, 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Learn more and pre-register on our website.

For information on the accessibility of our physical facilities, please visit our Tips for Visiting section.

On March 3 we celebrated the opening of the new Discovery Museum with friends and supporters. Thank you, all.
03/20/2018

On March 3 we celebrated the opening of the new Discovery Museum with friends and supporters. Thank you, all.

We're hiring! Our new Business Administration Specialist will join the Museum during a very exciting time in our history...
03/19/2018
Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

We're hiring! Our new Business Administration Specialist will join the Museum during a very exciting time in our history!

Discovery Museum offers a creative, fun, and flexible work environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Due to our work with children, all positions require an interview with a supervisor and a satisfactory CORI check.

03/16/2018

The museum will close at 4:30 today. Our next Free Friday Night will be Friday, April 6!

Mommy Nearest
03/15/2018
Mommy Nearest

Mommy Nearest

You'll be spending a lot of time here.

Thank you to Board Chair Bill Ryan, Senator Jamie Eldridge, and Representative Jen Benson, pictured here with CEO Neil G...
03/14/2018

Thank you to Board Chair Bill Ryan, Senator Jamie Eldridge, and Representative Jen Benson, pictured here with CEO Neil Gordon at the opening celebration event for the new Discovery Museum. Along with Representative Cory Atkins you have long supported our mission to serve kids and families in the region, and helped us reach this extraordinary milestone. We are so grateful for your support!

“He revolutionized the way we think about families, particularly around the birth of a child,” said J. Kevin Nugent,...
03/14/2018
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, child care expert and pediatrician, dies at 99 - The Boston Globe

“He revolutionized the way we think about families, particularly around the birth of a child,” said J. Kevin Nugent, a longtime colleague and friend who directs the Brazelton Institute in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. “He affected so many people around the world.”

Dr. Brazelton, who held the title of clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at Boston Children’s Hospital, died Tuesday morning at his Barnstable home at the age of 99.

We’re open today, 10am to 4:30pm. Hurray!
03/14/2018

We’re open today, 10am to 4:30pm. Hurray!

We’ll be open tomorrow, Wednesday March 14th, from 10am to 4:30pm. Hurray!
03/14/2018

We’ll be open tomorrow, Wednesday March 14th, from 10am to 4:30pm. Hurray!

We were happy to work with a great group of educators and share information about our Fellowship program, Portal to the ...
03/13/2018
At MITS Seminar, Educators Get a Taste for Communicating Science - Professional development for Teachers & Educators | Summer Institutes | Science Workshops

We were happy to work with a great group of educators and share information about our Fellowship program, Portal to the Public, at the recent Museum Institute for Teaching Science - MITS professional development workshop!

Thursday, March 1, 2018 For Immediate Release At MITS February Professional Development Seminar, Educators Get a Taste for Communicating Science Worcester, MA – Thirty educators got a taste of inquiry-based, hands-on learning at the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) February 14, 2018 Pr...

We're closed today. Happy snow day!
03/13/2018

We're closed today. Happy snow day!

03/13/2018

We’ll be closed tomorrow due to the projected snowstorm. Happy snow day!

03/11/2018
Acton, Boxborough, Harvard, Littleton Early Childhood Council

A great chance to hear Angela Hanscom if you missed her at our Speaker Series event!

The Decline of Outdoor Play in Children and the Rise of Sensory Issues presentation by Angela Hanscom MOT,OTR/L. A topic of interest for parents and educators.
Wednesday March 14,2018 7-9PM, Acton Ma
Visit our events page/ Eventbrite to reserve a seat.
ABHL Early Childhood Council thanks the following programs for their sponsorship of this community event: The Acton Barn Cooperative Preschool, The Acton Cooperative School, Congregation Beth Elohim Early Learning Center, The Infant Toddler Center, Mount Calvary Christian Preschool, The Taylor School, and The Village Nursery School.

03/09/2018

The museum will be open today from 9-4:30. Come play!

03/09/2018

We are excited to host the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast tomorrow (Friday) morning, 7:30-9:00 a.m. Free of charge, and all are welcome!

03/08/2018

Your new museum will be closed today due to the snowstorm. Happy snow day!

03/07/2018

The museum will close at 2:00pm today due to the weather forecast.

Thank you to the Chelmsford Cultural Council, Lexington Council for the Arts, and Waltham Cultural Council for their sup...
03/05/2018
Accessibility & Inclusion: Especially for Me

Thank you to the Chelmsford Cultural Council, Lexington Council for the Arts, and Waltham Cultural Council for their support of our Especially for Me program which offers dedicated hours and free museum admission for families facing developmental challenges.

We have three Especially for Me programs in March: Sensory-Friendly Afternoon on Tues, March 6, 1:30 - 4:30pm; Autism-Friendly Evening on Sat., March 10, 5:00 - 8:00pm; and, Evening for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & KODA Children on Sat., March 24, 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Learn more and pre-register on our website. https://www.discoveryacton.org/visit/accessibility-inclusion-especially-me

For information on the accessibility of our physical facilities, please visit our Tips for Visiting section.

Join us and our friends from Showa University in Tokyo this Thursday! Well play and sing together at 10am and 2pm.
03/05/2018
Asobouyo! Explore the Songs and Toys of Japan

Join us and our friends from Showa University in Tokyo this Thursday! Well play and sing together at 10am and 2pm.

How do you sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Japanese? Do Japanese children play with the same toys as me? Join visiting student teachers from Showa University in Tokyo to explore classic Japanese children’s songs and toys. We'll learn some simple Japanese words as we sing and play together!

YOUR NEW MUSEUM IS READY! Join us for day two of our Celebration Weekend today! Kids 12 & under are free all day, 9am to...
03/04/2018

YOUR NEW MUSEUM IS READY! Join us for day two of our Celebration Weekend today! Kids 12 & under are free all day, 9am to 4:30pm.

Free admission for kids is sponsored by TJX Companies, with additional support from Enterprise Bank. Thank you!

#2museumsinone #allages #playmatters #celebrationweekend #handsonsteam

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03/04/2018

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YOUR NEW MUSEUM IS READY! Join us for Celebration Weekend today and tomorrow! Kids 12 & under are free all weekend, 9am ...
03/03/2018

YOUR NEW MUSEUM IS READY! Join us for Celebration Weekend today and tomorrow! Kids 12 & under are free all weekend, 9am to 4:30pm.

Free admission for kids is sponsored by TJX Companies, with additional support from Enterprise Bank. Thank you!

#2museumsinone #allages #playmatters #celebrationweekend

Mommy Poppins Boston
03/02/2018
Mommy Poppins Boston

Mommy Poppins Boston

The all-new Discovery Museum opens with free admission for kids this weekend. After a sneak peek, my kids share their verdict: It. Is. Awesome!

03/02/2018

First Friday Night free is CANCELLED tonight due to the storm forecast. We apologize for any inconvenience.

But join us this weekend—kids 12 & under will be free Saturday and Sunday for our Celebration Weekend!

03/02/2018

First Friday Night free is CANCELLED tonight due to the storm forecast. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Photos: It's almost time to officially open the new Discovery Museum!
03/01/2018
Photos: It's almost time to officially open the new Discovery Museum!

Photos: It's almost time to officially open the new Discovery Museum!

The new Discovery Museum had a soft opening Thursday, March 1, 2018, with families able to enjoy the different activities before the official ribbon-cutting the following Saturday. [Wicked Local Staff Photos/Ann Ringwood]

Your NEW museum is *almost* ready! Join us for Celebration Weekend this weekend, 9am to 4:30pm—kids 12 & under free al...
02/26/2018

Your NEW museum is *almost* ready! Join us for Celebration Weekend this weekend, 9am to 4:30pm—kids 12 & under free all weekend thanks to T.J.Maxx! #comingsoon #2museumsin1 #allages #playmatters

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02/24/2018
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We're making Tinfoil Ferries today and tomorrow, 11-2, to celebrate National Engineers Week! Investigate floating by bui...
02/23/2018

We're making Tinfoil Ferries today and tomorrow, 11-2, to celebrate National Engineers Week! Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies. How many pennies can your boat hold? Roll up your sleeves and dive in!

Please note that our new museum building is NOT open for vacation week, but the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods are. We'll do engineering activities in our classroom building.

National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon--thank you!

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today to celebrate National Engineer's Week, and Strike a Balance! Engage in some ...
02/22/2018

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today to celebrate National Engineer's Week, and Strike a Balance! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Build a tabletop seesaw using rulers, paint stirrers and paper towel tubes. Then pile on the pennies and see if they can do a balancing act. Try balancing a bird on your fingertips and make your own “balancing bird” to take home.

Please note that our new museum building will NOT be open for vacation week, but the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will. We'll do engineering activities in our classroom building.

National Engineer's week is sponsored by Raytheon--thank you!

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today to celebrate National Engineer's Week, and Strike a Balance! Engage in some ...
02/21/2018

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today to celebrate National Engineer's Week, and Strike a Balance! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Build a tabletop seesaw using rulers, paint stirrers and paper towel tubes. Then pile on the pennies and see if they can do a balancing act. Try balancing a bird on your fingertips and make your own “balancing bird” to take home.

Please note that our new museum building will NOT be open for vacation week, but the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will. We'll do engineering activities in our classroom building.

National Engineer's week is sponsored by Raytheon--thank you!

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today, to celebrate National Engineer's Week! Today we'll build Cup Towers with re...
02/19/2018

Join us for some Everyday Engineering today, to celebrate National Engineer's Week! Today we'll build Cup Towers with repurposed and recycled materials.

Please note that our new museum building will NOT be open for vacation week, but the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will. We'll do engineering activities in our classroom building.

National Engineer's week is sponsored by Raytheon--thank you!

Join us for some Everyday Engineering activities during school vacation week, to celebrate National Engineer's Week! On ...
02/16/2018

Join us for some Everyday Engineering activities during school vacation week, to celebrate National Engineer's Week! On Monday 2/19 and Tuesday 2/10, we'll build Cup Towers with repurposed and recycled materials. Wednesday and Thursday--Strike a Balance!

Please note that our new museum building will NOT be open for vacation week, but the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will. We'll do engineering activities in our classroom building.

National Engineer's week is sponsored by Raytheon--thank you!

Your new museum is almost ready! Join us for our Celebration Weekend March 3 & 4 from 9:00 to 4:30, kids 12 and under wi...
02/15/2018

Your new museum is almost ready! Join us for our Celebration Weekend March 3 & 4 from 9:00 to 4:30, kids 12 and under will be free all weekend thanks to TJX Companies! Ribbon-cutting at 12pm on Saturday.

The Children’s building will close permanently when the new museum opens--but don't worry, we've re-imagined and recreated all of your favorite exhibits for little ones in the new museum, and added many wonderful new ones including a special new space for 0-3 year olds! It's two-museums-in-one, good for all ages!

We can't wait to share the new Discovery Museum with you!

02/10/2018

Our Celebration Weekend has been rescheduled to March 3 & 4. Kids 12 & under will be free, thanks to The TJX Companies! We can't wait to show you your NEW Discovery Museum!

The Children’s Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods remain open while we finalize the new museum. The Children’s building will close permanently when the new museum opens.

02/07/2018

We're closing at 12:30pm today due to the snowstorm. Stay safe and warm!

02/05/2018

Thank you to the Hudson Cultural Council and Ashland Cultural Council for their grants in support of our participation in Mass Cultural Council's "EBT Card to Culture" program giving reduced admission to EBT and WIC cardholders.

02/02/2018

Our Celebration Weekend has been rescheduled from Feb 10 & 11 to March 3 & 4. Kids 12 & under will be free, thanks to TJX Companies! We can't wait to show you your NEW Discovery Museum!

02/02/2018

Unfortunately the First Friday Night Free for February has been CANCELLED. Please join us for First Friday Night Free in March when you'll be able to explore the new museum!

02/02/2018

Good morning! Music and Movement will begin today at 10:15, rather than as scheduled at 9:30. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Address

177 Main St
Acton, MA
01720

A short walk from the South Acton Commuter Rail station on the Fitchburg line.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 09:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(978) 264-4200

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