Other Ideas: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Norman Rockwell Museum; Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. Senate; The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss; Charles Hayden Planetarium
The first building is the wonder-filled 100 year old Victorian house with rooms, corridors, and closets creatively transformed into ten hands-on exhibit areas especially for toddlers and pre-school children and their families.
The second building is the Science Discovery Museum is a creative and challenging interactive experience designed especially for school aged children, but many of the exhibits are fun for toddlers too, including a water play area, an 'Air Harp' in the musical sounds creation room and a dry-ice smoke maker.
Overall, the Science Museum is filled with innovative theme spaces for hands-on experimenting with the basic sciences and math.
please note: hours change during school vacations and holidays. Please visit the website or call ahead to check on the hours.
Children’s Discovery building
Tuesday – Sunday, 9am-4:30pm
Closed Mondays to the public; open for school groups.
Now Open 7 days/week in the summer
Science Discovery building
Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
Closed Mondays and weekday mornings to the public; open for school groups.
Vacation Weeks & Holidays:
BOTH buildings open 9am-4:30pm every day (even Mondays)
Half-Price Friday Nights! Picnic & stay until 9pm. Details coming soon.
Check our website for school holiday hours and school vacation week hours www.discoverymuseums.org.
Senior (60+): $11.50
Under 1 year old: free
Teachers are always free!
177 Main Street, Acton, MA, 01720 map
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.) Follow for 4.5 miles to the Concord rotary and take the third exit. Continue on Route 2 for about 2 miles. 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.
From Route 495 heading South
Take Exit 29A (Route 2 East). Continue on Route 2 for approximately 5 miles to Exit 42 (Route 27 South) toward Maynard (not Acton). The Museums are one mile ahead on your left.
From Route 495 heading North
Take Exit 28 (Route 111 Boxborough/Harvard). At the end of the ramp, turn left toward Boxborough. Continue on Route 111 for approximately 5 miles to the second set of lights. Turn right onto Route 27. The Museums are 1/2 mile ahead on your left.
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 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.
Take the Mass Pike West to Exit 15 (Route 95/128 North). Follow directions for Route 95/128.
Take Route 290 East to Exit 26 (Route 495 North) toward Lowell. Follow directions for Route 495 heading North.
From New Hampshire
Take Route 3 into Massachusetts. Take Exit 30S (Route 495 South) toward Worcester. Follow directions for Route 495 heading South.
LOVE The Discovery MuseumsThe Discovery Museum is a wonderful way to introduce children to many versatile, tactile experiences. From the water table and color room to the kitchen and 'ship', all of the rooms allow children to explore at their own pace and interests. As an educator, I can appreciate the activities from an academic standpoint. As I mom of five and three year old children, I can appreciate the FUN! We love it.
This place annoys meNot sure why, it's fine and all. Just everytime I go I ask myself 'why did I come here again?'. It's smaaaall. And on days that it's crowded, it's clausterphobic. It's hot. Of course it is, it's an old renovated victorian house with three floors. And they charge $8 per person - which as an adult, really fries me. To take my two children, that's $24 to get in the door. There's hardly anywhere for an adult to sit, and again, if it's crowded, it's really unenjoyable. Lastly, I don't like their attitude. For instance, when my son turned 1, I thought it would be a fun place to take him for his actual birthday. So upon arrival, they asked how many children and I said just 1, (my 3 year old daughter) and then today is my son's first birthday! He just turned 1 so we are here to celebrate!' So the woman looked at me and said okay, so that's $24 for the thre of you.... I was stunned. I was like - TODAY is his birthday. He turns 1 today and I chose to come here to celebrate that - you are actually going to charge me? After hemming and hawing, she let him in for the under 1 free. But still - am I the ony one that would have annoyed?
Good Fun!There are 2 museums - a Science museum & a Childrens museum. Ample parking space,friendly,fun and helpful staff. No food service or snack counter, but lots of benches to eat outside (weather permitting), so you can bring your own food. The science museum is fun for kids at least preschool and older, also fpr adults. In fact they encourage grownups to get hands on. Lots to do and learn, but watch out, lots of magnets around! Be careful with your credit card, car key remote, cellphone, camera etc. No strollers allowed in. It is definitely a place to go once, and plan to reach when they open, as you will definitely need the whole day, and sometimes if it is crowded, you have to wait. Also kids get to make a lot of stuff, which they can carry home. The childrens museum is more of a big toy land, with a neat stuff like the ship on top floor, bubble elongator, & train room.
My Kids Loved It!Visting from California last year, we went to the museums one day on a 10 day visit. My kids enjoyed it so much, we went back 2 more times. The Children's Museum is in a big old Victorian, and there are all kinds of neat things built into nooks an crannies throughout. Fun for kids and fun for adults, too. We're going back to Mass for Christmas, and my 5 year old daughter was just asking tonight if we can go back to the museum every day we're back.
Disappointed By The Childrens Museum, Enjoyed The Science MuseumThe children's museum was very small, didn't have much to it, and was very hot. It also didn't have an elevator and you weren't allowed to bring strollers inside from what I remember, which is pretty inconvenient if you have a baby. We brought out of town visitors and made the trek to Acton and really wished we had gone downtown instead. The science museum was much more spacious than the childrens museum and the kids seemed to like that better, although it was still much smaller than any other science museum I have ever been to. I guess I expected these museums to be similar to other children and science museums I have been to, and they were very small museums. A single day is more than enough for both of these museums, we went through both of them in less than a couple hours. Our kids ranged from baby to 5 year old.
fun new 'sensations room'I took my 3 year old and 1 year old again and was pleasantly surprised at the new sensations room (designed for the younger set, but still entertained the 3 year old well). It is a new colorfully decorated room with lots of sensory objects, magnets, bead mazes, small carpeted stairs for little ones to figure out the stair concept safely, a music station, a big mirrored wall and lots of little handmade sensory books. It wasn't crowded the afternoon that we went which made it extra fun. The kids always enjoy the 'ball room' and the third floor oceanic room as well.
- Make a MESS at Discovery Museums, 7/11/03-7/31/13
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