Discovery Museum

Discovery  Museum Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for families that blends science, nature, and play.

06/22/2019

We’re getting ready for our backyard “campout”! Who’s going to join us for a sing-along around the camp”fire” with Joel from SingPositive? Fun starts at 11am!

It's a beautiful day to celebrate the National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout Day with a backyard “campout...
06/22/2019

It's a beautiful day to celebrate the National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout Day with a backyard “campout” of our own! Join us, 11am - 1pm, as we put up camping tents on our lawn and enjoy some classic campout activties! You can even gather around the "campfire" for a singalong with Joel Sindelar from SingPositive between 11am and 12pm.

We had such a wonderful program this morning! Thank you to Dr. Daphne Flessas from Acton Animal Hospital, and Kimberlee ...
06/20/2019

We had such a wonderful program this morning! Thank you to Dr. Daphne Flessas from Acton Animal Hospital, and Kimberlee Coleman and her Therapy Dog, Abby, from the Pets & People Foundation, Inc. for today's Doggy Days: Abby Gets a Check-up program. It was wonderful and informative, and our visitors enjoyed meeting and learning from you!

We're excited to partner with Countdown to Kindergarten again this summer. Kindergarteners who wear their "I'm going to ...
06/19/2019

We're excited to partner with Countdown to Kindergarten again this summer. Kindergarteners who wear their "I'm going to Kindergarten" t-shirt to the museum this summer will get free admission for themselves and their families!
***This promotion is only in conjunction with Countdown to Kindergarten, a Boston area organization that helps kids transition to school by providing social and educational activities. The t-shirts are provided by Countdown to Kindergarten to participating families. If you are interested in other discounts we offer, please visit our Ways to Save page here: https://www.discoveryacton.org/visit/ways-save . ***

Get your boots ready! One more week and the giant pile of dirt will be back for scooping, squishing, sculpting, and slid...
06/19/2019

Get your boots ready! One more week and the giant pile of dirt will be back for scooping, squishing, sculpting, and sliding fun! Join us for Dirtopia Wed. June 26 - Sun. June 30, 10am - 2pm.

Thank you to the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Chelmsford Cultural Council, and Maynard Cultural Council for their ...
06/18/2019

Thank you to the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Chelmsford Cultural Council, and Maynard Cultural Council for their grants in support of our Summer Friday Nights Free! Their generosity makes it possible for us to offer free admission every Friday night from 4:30pm to 8:00pm, June 21 - August 30.

Association of Children's Museums
06/18/2019
Association of Children's Museums

Association of Children's Museums

"Teach them that not knowing is not failure. It’s the first step to understanding." -Math educator Dan Finkel

via MindShift

Mark your calendar for this Saturday, June 22, 11am - 1pm when we celebrate the National Wildlife Federation Great Ameri...
06/18/2019

Mark your calendar for this Saturday, June 22, 11am - 1pm when we celebrate the National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout Day with a backyard “campout” of our own! Join us as we put up camping tents on our lawn and enjoy some classic campout activties! You can even gather around the "campfire" for a singalong with Joel Sindelar from SingPositive between 11am and 12pm.

YES, we’re open—and VERY happy about it! Summer hours have begun! We’ll be open 7 days a week and open for #free e...
06/17/2019

YES, we’re open—and VERY happy about it! Summer hours have begun! We’ll be open 7 days a week and open for #free every Friday night (4:30-8:00) through the end of August. Come play and learn!

YES, we're open! Summer hours begin today, we'll be open 7 days a week through the end of August. And, we'll be open for...
06/17/2019

YES, we're open! Summer hours begin today, we'll be open 7 days a week through the end of August. And, we'll be open for #free EVERY Friday night all summer as well! Come play and learn!

06/16/2019

‪Dads and grandads are #free today! Happy Father’s Day!‬

It’s a gorgeous day in Discovery Woods!
06/15/2019

It’s a gorgeous day in Discovery Woods!

Bricks, Sticks, and Arches is back in the community gallery! Come on over to play and build (and knock over and build ag...
06/15/2019

Bricks, Sticks, and Arches is back in the community gallery! Come on over to play and build (and knock over and build again) with a variety of materials.

Tomorrow will be another beautiful sunny day! It's the perfect time to join us for Exploring Nano: Rays Awareness. Drop-...
06/14/2019

Tomorrow will be another beautiful sunny day! It's the perfect time to join us for Exploring Nano: Rays Awareness. Drop-in on Sat. June 15, 11am - 2pm to learn about ultraviolet light and do some simple experiments to see how sunscreen protects you by blocking harmful rays. Make your own simple UV detector bracelet to take home!

We're proud to participate with #BlueStarMuseums--a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star F...
06/14/2019

We're proud to participate with #BlueStarMuseums--a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families--again this summer. Our participation increases our Military Appreciation Program discount to give free admission for up to 6 family members with an active duty ID, instead of 4, through Labor Day.

Our Military Appreciation Program is generously sponsored by Raytheon.

06/13/2019

Dads and granddads will be #free this Sunday--Happy Father's Day!

06/12/2019

Congratulations to Jason K. of Billerica and Kimberly G. in Winchester, our April and May visitor satisfaction survey winners. They each won a Family Membership by submitting an email address and completing an online survey. Enter to win on your next visit!

Today's muddy weather has us looking forward to the end of June! Can you guess what's on our agenda for June 26 - 30??  ...
06/11/2019

Today's muddy weather has us looking forward to the end of June! Can you guess what's on our agenda for June 26 - 30?? #GetDirty #AndBringAChangeOfClothes

Deadline extended to June 14th! Be a part of Impact MetroWest. If you live or work in the region, the Foundation for Met...
06/10/2019

Deadline extended to June 14th! Be a part of Impact MetroWest. If you live or work in the region, the Foundation for MetroWest is asking for your thoughts on the region’s successes and challenges. The survey is offered in three languages and is completely anonymous. Data will be used to create Impact MetroWest which will be a public resource designed using available data and community voice to build awareness and drive change. There are no wrong answers! Please share this survey with your networks to ensure a strong response. For more information, call 508-647-2260 or visit the website: http://ow.ly/1sCX50u5qDy

Community Survey Deadline EXTENDED! Anonymous data collected will help create Impact MetroWest-an interactive, public resource to build awareness & drive change.
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Em Português: bit.ly/FFMW-P
En Español: bit.ly/FFMW-SP

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Association of Children's Museums
06/10/2019
Association of Children's Museums

Association of Children's Museums

"Researchers found small but significant improvements in 'working memory,' 'superior working memory,' and 'attentiveness' in pupils with green areas near and in their schools."

Today is the LAST DAY of our Velocity Engineering Lab! We've had so much fun with balls, ramps, jumps, loops, and physic...
06/09/2019

Today is the LAST DAY of our Velocity Engineering Lab! We've had so much fun with balls, ramps, jumps, loops, and physics!

Velocity
06/09/2019

Velocity

Velocity Engineering Lab
06/09/2019

Velocity Engineering Lab

Tomorrow, June 9, is the last day to experience our Velocity exhibit!
06/08/2019

Tomorrow, June 9, is the last day to experience our Velocity exhibit!

We had a blast dissecting flowers at the Acre Family Child Care Preschool STEAM Fair in Lowell today! Thank you to all t...
06/08/2019

We had a blast dissecting flowers at the Acre Family Child Care Preschool STEAM Fair in Lowell today!

Thank you to all the families who explored with us! Together, we used tools and discovered just how fascinating flower-insides truly are.

Timeline Photos
06/08/2019

Timeline Photos

Fire-making with PrimiTim this afternoon!
06/08/2019
Backyard and Beyond: Fire-making with PrimiTim

Fire-making with PrimiTim this afternoon!

Did you know that our ancestors started fires just by rubbing two sticks together? Join primitive-skills expert, Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson, to learn and practice the ancient skill of fire-making. He’ll show us different methods of producing a spark, from sticks to bow drills to flint. Then practi...

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers from Boston Scientific, who worked hard today making our outdoor spaces more beaut...
06/07/2019

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers from Boston Scientific, who worked hard today making our outdoor spaces more beautiful for the kids and families we serve...and got to have a little fun along the way! #BSCcommunity #playmatters

So happy to be a part of this terrific event!
06/07/2019

So happy to be a part of this terrific event!

The weather looks PERFECT for the Greater Lowell Pre-K STEAM Fair tomorrow! This #FREE family event will be at the Boott Cotton Mill Museum at 115 John Street. In addition to Acre educators special guests include: Eyes on Owls, Discovery Museum, Tsongas Industrial History Center, Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Project LEARN, Inc., Lowell National Historical Park

City of Lowell, MA - Government Lowell Macaroni Kid #FamilyEvents #Lowell #PreK

Association of Children's Museums
06/07/2019
Association of Children's Museums

Association of Children's Museums

"Beyond their basic needs, children are intrinsically motivated by exploration, play, mastery, and success—all of which lay the groundwork for meaningful learning."

via MindShift

We were lucky enough to have another hard-working group of volunteers here from MathWorks. Thank you to them for their h...
06/06/2019

We were lucky enough to have another hard-working group of volunteers here from MathWorks. Thank you to them for their help with some outdoor projects!

The last day to experience our Velocity exhibit is this Sunday, June 9th. Balls, ramps, jumps, hoops, and physics fun—...
06/05/2019

The last day to experience our Velocity exhibit is this Sunday, June 9th. Balls, ramps, jumps, hoops, and physics fun—don’t miss it!

We're making walking sticks--and using them! Join us this morning to get crafty and enjoy the beautiful Great Hill Conse...
06/05/2019
Backyard and Beyond: Walking Sticks

We're making walking sticks--and using them! Join us this morning to get crafty and enjoy the beautiful Great Hill Conservation Land that abuts the museum property.

Many thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, whose support makes our Backyard and Beyond program series possible.

Hop out onto the Great Hill conservation land adjacent to Discovery Woods to find the perfect walking stick, then bring it back to Discovery Woods and decorate it. We’ll provide the art supplies, you bring your imagination! Once you’ve created the perfect walking stick, take it on a test drive o...

Dry ice + liquid nitrogen + bananas + flowers + balloons make for impactful and memorable hands-on science experiments! ...
06/04/2019
Belmont fifth graders get hands-on science lessons

Dry ice + liquid nitrogen + bananas + flowers + balloons make for impactful and memorable hands-on science experiments! Read about the Physical Changes of Matter II workshop we did with 5th graders at Chenery Middle School in Belmont last month.

We offer more than 20 different workshops for grades PreK through 8th grade, aligned with state curriculum standards. Are we doing hands-on science workshops in your child's classroom?

Our Traveling Science Workshops are made possible with the generous support of MathWorks -- thank you!

Chenery Middle School fifth graders recently participated in hands-on workshops to learn about the physical changes of matter. Leading the workshops was

Thank you Boston Scientific for welcoming us at your Community Day--and for your longtime support of our Traveling Scien...
06/04/2019

Thank you Boston Scientific for welcoming us at your Community Day--and for your longtime support of our Traveling Science Workshops programs for elementary school students in Marlborough. #BSCcommunity

It's the LAST WEEK to visit the Velocity Engineering Lab! The last day to send golf balls along the winding, sloping, an...
06/04/2019

It's the LAST WEEK to visit the Velocity Engineering Lab! The last day to send golf balls along the winding, sloping, and looping tracks is Sunday, June 9.

Bricks, Sticks, and Arches returns to the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on June 11.

Take 10 minutes to provide your perspective,  to inform the great work Foundation for MetroWest does for our community.
06/02/2019

Take 10 minutes to provide your perspective, to inform the great work Foundation for MetroWest does for our community.

Community Survey Deadline EXTENDED! Anonymous data collected will help create Impact MetroWest-an interactive, public resource to build awareness & drive change.
In English: bit.ly/ImpactMW-EN
Em Português: bit.ly/FFMW-P
En Español: bit.ly/FFMW-SP

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Our Velocity Engineering Lab will soon be gone! The last day to send golf balls along the winding, sloping, and looping ...
06/01/2019
Changing Exhibits

Our Velocity Engineering Lab will soon be gone! The last day to send golf balls along the winding, sloping, and looping tracks is Sunday, June 9. Bricks, Sticks, and Arches returns to that space on June 11 and more fun exhibits are planned for the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery soon!

Velocity Engineering Lab January 12 to April 28, 2019 June 9, 2019 (Extended!) Balls, ramps, jumps, loops—and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects.

05/31/2019

Join us for some Everyday Engineering tomorrow, 11-2. Tinfoil Ferries!

Aligns with the research and thinking behind our “Yes, It’s Math” Gallery on the 2nd floor (you know, the one with...
05/31/2019
Association of Children's Museums

Aligns with the research and thinking behind our “Yes, It’s Math” Gallery on the 2nd floor (you know, the one with the Harmonograph table, sand pendulums, Probability Wall, light table). Math is all around us, and it’s fun!

"Forget about right and wrong answers. Keep things open-ended—life, and math, are more fun that way."

via nprEd

It's Flower Power Week! Join us for some flower-powered programs!Tues. 5/28, 10am - 11am: Flower Take ApartsWed. 5/29, 1...
05/28/2019

It's Flower Power Week! Join us for some flower-powered programs!
Tues. 5/28, 10am - 11am: Flower Take Aparts
Wed. 5/29, 11am - 12pm: Flower Suncatchers
Thurs. 5/30, 10am - 11am: Blossoming Brushwork; 2pm - 4:30pm: Plantable Paper
Fri. 5/31, 2pm - 4:30pm: Wildflower Seed Balls
https://www.discoveryacton.org/calendar/day/2019-05-28

Discovery Museum is CLOSED today, Monday May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.
05/27/2019

Discovery Museum is CLOSED today, Monday May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.

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177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA
01720

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

General information

The museum is open for extended hours, with free admission, on the first Friday night of the month during the school year, and every Friday night during the summer. Check our website for details https://www.discoveryacton.org/plan-your-visit. We also offer dedicated and free admission hours for families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or low vision, through our Especially for Me programs. Visit our website for more information and to pre-register (required) https://www.discoveryacton.org/visit/accessibility-inclusion-especially-me.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 09:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(978) 264-4200

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