Visiting The Discovery Museum In Acton, MA

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The Discovery Museum is Action, MA is one of the best places in the Merrimack Valley area for your kids to participate in fun and enriching educational activities.

As the homepage of their website states, at the museum, children (and their families) are encouraged to “come play and learn together.”

Today, let’s take a look inside (and outside) the Discovery Museum and learn more about this incredible facility that combines learning and playing.

discovery museum entrance

Science. Nature. Play.

There’s no reason why learning can’t be fun. In fact, learning should be fun. The Discovery Museum understands this and makes it a priority throughout their educational offerings and programs.

“Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that natural ability; our goal is to support kids’ healthy development.”

The Discovery Center also dedicates itself to reducing some of the “many forces that negatively affect children’s lives.” These include the over-reliance on screen time, the rigorous nature of a child’s daily routine, and the excessive amount of testing in today’s schools.

The Museum, its staff, and supporters believe that play is the best way for children to learn and grow. They fulfill this belief by creating indoor STEAM-based activities and outdoor nature-based activities that both support active learning and natural awareness.

child playing at discovery museum

Inside The Discovery Museum

Inside the Discovery Museum, visitors will find a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities to explore. All of these exhibitions feature hands-on activities, ensuring an immersive experience for all of our guests.

Using the STEAM educational concept as a guiding principle, the museum’s activities engage children in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  

Current ongoing exhibitions include:

  • Picture Yourself: Women In Steam
  • Light & Color Gallery
  • Simple Machines Gallery
  • Da Vinci Workshop
  • AirPlay Gallery
  • Water Gallery
  • Brain Building Together
  • Sound Gallery
  • Yes! It’s Math! Gallery
  • Bessie’s House: The Diner
  • Bessie’s House: Backyard at Night
  • Bessie’s House: Train Room
  • Bessie’s House: Ship Room

discovery museum treehouse

Explore The Discovery Woods

The grounds of the Discovery Museum provide our visitors with the chance to interact and learn about the natural world around them. 

The museum sits on acres of conservation land, which allows kids the freedom to explore, play, and immerse themselves. From woodland nooks to beaver lodges, there’s always something amazing to discover.

Discovery Woods also features the “coolest, biggest treehouse you’ve ever seen, and built by DIY Network’s The Treehouse Guys!”

Outdoor exhibits include:

  • Da Vinci Outdoors
  • Adventure Hill
  • Discovery Treehouse
  • Nature Playscape

In addition, getting around the Discovery Museum grounds features multiple paths, ensuring that the entire space is accessible and inclusive of all visitors.

These are just a few of the incredible activities and happenings found within the Discovery Museum. The museum also hosts various special educational programs, field trips, traveling science workshops, and much more. 

Hours of Operation and Location Information

The Discovery Museum is open all year round. Currently, the Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods open to all visitors from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

It’s worth noting that advanced reservations are required for your visit. However, once you have entered the museum, you can stay as long as you’d like (within operating hours, of course).

In addition, the museum also offers various benefits and free admission opportunities for members, educators, and more, so be sure to keep checking their “Plan Your Visit” pages for the latest information and special offers.

Getting to the museum is easy. Here’s a quick rundown of the location information provided by the Discovery Museum.

Our address: 177 Main Street (Route 27) Acton, MA 01720

Bessie the Dinosaur graces our front yard; the museum is down the driveway past Bessie, and not directly visible from the street.

Parking is FREE!

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