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The Discovery Museums Announce Summer Free Friday Nights, Extended Hours, Construction Timeline, and Special Programs

Posted: June 9, 2017

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June 7, 2017                                                                                                             978-264-4200 ext. 23





The Discovery Museums Announce Summer Free Friday Nights, Extended Hours, Construction Timeline, and Special Programs


Science Discovery Museum building will close for expansion and renovation on June 17; the Children’s Discovery Museum building and Discovery Woods will remain open throughout construction


ACTON, MA – The Discovery Museums announced its summer schedule of programs, closings, and free admission evenings throughout the summer:


The Science Discovery Museum building will close to the public on Saturday, June 17; the last day to experience this museum prior to its renovation is Friday, June 16. The building will be closed until early December 2017 for expansion and complete renovation. 


The Children’s Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will remain OPEN throughout this period of construction. And, this summer only, the museum will offer Game ON, a tented activity space filled with oversized yard games—including Yard Yahtzee, Giant Chess and Checkers, and Colossal Connect Four—along with classic tabletop board games. The Game ON tent opens June 26.


Summer Hours begin on June 20th: the Children’s Discovery Museum, Discovery Woods, and Game ON tent will be open 7 days per week. Hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm Saturday through Thursday, and 9:00am to 8:00pm on Fridays (with free admission 4:30 to 8:00pm).


Our summer of Free Friday Night Fun kicks off on Friday, June 23 and runs through Friday, September 1st. The museum will be open with free admission each Friday night from 4:30 to 8:00pm. On June 23 only, the museum will be open for free all day, from 9:00am to 8:00pm, as part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program. 


Special Programs and Events:

June 10 – Bessie’s Birthday Bash

July 7 & August 5 – Cold As Ice: Experiment with a 300lb Block of Ice!

July 8 & August 18 – All About Bees!

July 15 – Autism-Friendly Evening (free admission for registered families)

July 18 through July 22 – The Caterpillar Lab

July 25 through July 29 – Exploring Madhubani Art

August 8 through August 12 – Fairyborough
August 29 through September 2 – Dirtopia!



For more information on these and other programs, please visit our Calendar. For more information on our campus master plan and construction project, please visit the Ready, Set, Build! page on our website.


About The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of Metrowest Boston. Two great museums and the Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and treehouse—for one admission price—blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. The Museums serve families and schools from towns throughout the region, with a commitment to informal education that enhances classroom learning. The hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, and imagination, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. The Discovery Museums are committed to accessibility, and are a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category. For more information please visit The Discovery Museums are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The Discovery Museums’ programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.





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