The Discovery Museums, Acton

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.
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  • I have brought my son here many times and every single time, he has been entertained! I love the new outdoorsy playground!!  more »
  • While there is a major construction project ongoing next door building a new Discovery Museum, the original three-story house out front is a real treat. Every nook and cranny is packed with intelligen...  more »
  • We took the kids here the other day. When we got there we learned that the main museum was closed for renovation so the kids couldn't enjoy that. The price was 12.50 per person for both children and a...  more »
  • The new and improved space (reopened March 2018) packs quite a punch for its size, which I venture is a bit on the small side for a children's museum. One can tell that the renovation was done thoughtfully and with lots of attention and care to children of various ages. The upstairs 0-3 area is lovely and well done, with high quality wood structures from Community Playthings. Outside of it, there are plenty of imaginary play stations, and each area has a shelf of books, to develop a love of reading. The fake fridge in the play cafeteria is the most handsome I've ever seen and might be nicer than my own real fridge. I do have to say that despite a cute ticket stand, the train play station is a bit lacking. First, the main table doesn't allow for a long closed loop (which is sort of a must). Also, the rail tracks are not set. While it's great for kids to lay tracks at home, it makes for a very messy enterprise in a busy public space, and most of them end up in a heap. I've only seen mass track-laying work once, and it was in Japan, where every child could lay their own provided set in a huge room. Finally, there are not nearly enough tracks to actually make working loops in the space provided. In short, it seems that someone said, "it would be great to give the kids a train area" without actually talking to a train enthusiast. And that's a shame, because this is a popular attraction. The rest of the exhibits vary from the fantastic (water stations) to the everyday surprisingly fun (blow dryer with ball). It can get extremely crowded and the space inside is rather limited. I would go either on not so busy days or in the summer, when kids can also roam outside in the magnificent playground.
  • Wonderful place for kids to visit. Many, many hands on exhibits teaching science and discovery in general. They just opened their new building with a lot more space and outside adventures as well. It was 11 years in planning and building, but well worth it.
  • A great hands on museum for kids 4-12. The new building is beautiful. Many of the experiences are both fun and educational. There is a nice outdoor playground and walking trails.
  • FOR CHILDREN'S MUSEUM ONLY: it was not at capacity when we were there and still there was hardly room to navigate some areas. HIGHLY suggest only 1 adult per kid. There were more adults than kids and it made it hard for the kids to navigate. Tight, stairs, low ceilings. KIDDO ENJOYED IT. will review again when construction is done.
  • Must say I love that they have indoor and outdoor play areas and access available. Not to mention the nature trails and treehouse! Great place any time of year!
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