The Discovery Museums Acton
Where is it at?
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Tel: 978 264 4200
Where are we going today?
The Discovery Museums are two museums in one! They really do cater for the whole family with both the Children's Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum.
First - the little museum lovers from toddlers up to early grade ages. Here you get three fun filled floors where you can play, learn, and explore!
The museum is set like a Victorian-style house, and every room gives them a new way to explore science-based concepts surrounded by a theme. There are surprises around every corner, and kids can be as social as they want, or keep to themselves having a quiet break in a nook somewhere. It's up to them!
The museum ensure that all ages, learning strengths and styles will have something to do that engages their imagination. Every room has something for every age - even the smallest of scientists will love something - like the colorful murals painted above the change tables!
They are encouraged to explore concepts and ask ask ask ask ask! The friendly staff are there to answer any questions they may have!
At the very hands-on Science Discovery Museum, kids and their families can learn and understand science with their hands, eyes, ears...using all of their senses. There is no better way to learn than experimenting, touching and smelling - so don't be shy!
There is a Light & Color Room where both kids and adults can try and capture their shadows (it's not as easy as it sounds!), or how to make body parts disappear!
The Inventors Workshop invites kids to use their imagination and create their own project using real tools - and anything created can be taken home!
Across the year they also have programs and events so make sure you keep track of those so you don't miss out on your favorites!
Science has never been so fun!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$11.50 (both museums)
- Children$11.50 (both museums)
- Free Under: 1 year, and teachers / members
When can we go?
Children's DM: Tues - Sunday 9am - 4:30pm / Science DM: Tues - Friday 1pm - 4:30pm / Weekends 10am -
Both museums closed Mondays. Summer hours extended and open 7 days a week.
The Discovery Museums can organize special visits and programs for schools. Either pick an experience or combine several for that personalized learning opportunity for students..
Need a little extra help?
Visitors will all ability levels are welcome in the museums! The Children's DM only has the first floor accessible. In the Science DM, all spaces are accessible and they also have an elevator. .
Strollers are not allowed on the museum floor. .
Can I get one of those?
The Discovery Store merchandise is specially selected to stimulate thinking and provide rich play experiences. .
There are a number of birthday party options (one includes a magician!) - perhaps you can scientifically work out with your friends why you are having so much fun? .
What people are saying?
by Stephanie Davis
My 17 mo has been going since he could just walk (13 mo old) and his favorite is the water table! He loves the ball room, too. He will hang out at the water table for 30-45 minutes at a time, which is a long time for my energetic guy. The water blocking smocks are great. We went often on Friday Nights during the summer (free!) and have since bought a membership we use on very cold or rainy days, esp if there have been a couple in a row. There's plenty for him to grow into abs I'm sure we will continue coming here for years.
by Shannon Vyff
I've been to children's museums all across the US and UK. This one is just ok, very small and best for kids under age 6. I was disappointed with the quite high price as well. The reciprocal relationships are only half off at Boston Children's Museum and isn't worth the price. It would only be worth the membership or even going to, if your drive is under 10 min. There are so many better places around such as Ecotarium, The Museum of Science, Boston Children's Museum, Providence Children's Museum etc that are worth a 30 to 50 min drive.
by Ryan Kidder
This place is cool
by Neil Martin
Friendly, informative, and fun. The kids (3 & 5) love both the play and science buildings. The reciprocal relationship with the Boston Children's Museum is an added bonus.
by DL L5
They have everything, including some free opening hours.
Love to bring the family there