The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720
Hands On, Minds at Play. Two great museums that children of all ages can enjoy!
The Discovery Museums’ mission is to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry and scientific investigation.
The Children's Discovery Museum offers three floors of hands-on, child-sized, fun. Each room in this historic Victorian-style house has a unique theme designed to inspire young children to explore and discover the world around them. Surprises are around every corner and every square inch of the house offers inviting spaces. At the Science Discovery Museum, visitors of all ages become scientists as they use their senses and critical thinking skills to explore science, math, and engineering concepts in an exciting hands-on environment. Interactive exhibits and familiar materials encourage children to design experiments and make discoveries about their world.
- Move a sea of clouds
- Try to keep a secret next to the whisper dishes
- Control an 8-foot water vortex
- Create a musical masterpiece using the Slap-a-Phone
From Route 27 heading North: Follow Route 27 through Natick, Wayland and Sudbury. In Maynard, Route 27 takes a left turn followed by a right turn. Entering Acton you will cross a bridge over railroad tracks, followed immediately by a set of lights. Go straight through the lights. The Museums are 1/4 mile ahead on your right.
From Route 27 heading South: Follow Route 27 through Chelmsford into Acton (you will cross over Route 2). The Museums are 1 mile ahead on your left.
From Route 95/128: Take Exit 29B (Route 2 West) toward Acton/Fitchburg. At the second set of lights, turn left, continuing on Route 2 West. (There is a Mobil station on the opposite corner.) Continue on Route 2 through the Concord rotary. About 2 miles past the rotary, bear left at Exit 43 (Route 111). At the lights, turn left onto Route 27 South. The Museums are 1/2 mile ahead on your left.
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Open 7 days a week in summer.
Open Tuesday - Sunday during the school year.
Special hours during school vacations.
Closed major holidays and Labor Day week. See our website for details.
One Ticket = BOTH Museums
Senior (60+): $9.50
Under 1 year old: Free
MBTA Commuter Rail: Take the Fitchburg/South Acton line (the Commuter Rail) to South Acton. From the parking lot, take a right onto Central Street, and a left onto Main Street (Route 27 North). The Museums are 1/4 mile ahead on your right, about a 4 minute walk.