Discovery museum

Visit the Discovery Museum for free on select Friday nights


The Acton Children’s Museum offers free admission on the first Friday of the month between October and June.

Discovery Woods at the Discovery Museum includes an accessible natural playscape. Photo courtesy of Discovery Museum

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Discovery Museum will offer free admission to the museum on the first Friday of each month between October and June from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. First opened in 1982, the Acton Children’s Museum aims to support learning through hands-on activities focusing on science, nature and play. Advance reservations are required and can be made on site Museum website up to 10 days in advance.

The museum focuses on the healthy development of children, emphasizing play and the joy of learning. Exhibits include the Water Gallery, Sound Gallery, Illusions Wall, Light & Color Gallery, and “The Diner,” immersing children in science, math, and art-based play.

The Discovery Museum opened in October 1982 in an old Victorian house in Acton, providing immersive learning for children. Five years later, a second building with more STEM exhibits opened. In 2016 Discovery Woods, a natural playscape and treehouse, was added, and in 2018 the museum was completely renovated to meet Universal Design accessibility guidelines.

To celebrate its anniversary this year, the museum is also offering $2.50 admission for the month of October as part of its “Pay and Play Like It’s 1982” initiative. The museum continues to offer free admission to active-duty military families, teachers, and children under age 1. Regular admission is $15.50 for adults and children 1 year and older. Regular hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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