• Discovery Center

    The Discovery Center offers an assortment of fun, hands-on activities that are designed to encourage discovery through play.

    © Carol Martin

  • © Carol Martin

  • © Carol Martin


Discovery Center

Permanent Exhibit

Designed for children from infancy to age eight and their accompanying grownups, the Discovery Center is an ideal area for early learners. Our teaching staff emphasize the use of real objects and age-appropriate tools, with an extensive natural history teaching collection and an assortment of fun, hands-on science, math, and engineering activities. A core staff of interpreters enhances the learning process by inspiring curiosity and supporting exploration. Young scientists can assemble a skeleton, touch real fossils, and observe a variety of live animals up close. The "Experiment Station" offers a rotating schedule of science experiments and engineering challenges, and "Discovery Boxes" offer families with young children an in-depth exploration of specific science topics.

The Discovery Center is a unique venue for examining how young children learn through inquiry and play activities, and the essential role of caregivers and other adults in children's learning processes. Our educators collaborate with local researchers  from Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, MIT, Northeastern University and other institutions    to share current research in children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development through our Living Laboratory® program. 

The Discovery Center is typically open daily, 10:00 am - 4:45 pm. Hours are subject to change and may be extended during the summer and school vacation weeks.

Please Note: the Discovery Center has a limited capacity. On busy holiday and vacation days, wait times for entry can reach up to an hour. Try visiting after 3:00 pm during busy school vacation days or rainy days to ensure access to your favorite activities. The Discovery Center's "Experiment Station" sometimes closes earlier than the rest of the exhibit during vacation weeks and holidays.

Current activities in rotation include:


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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Staffed Area
  • Open Captioning
  • Multisensory Interactives
  • For information about accessibility in the Museum: mos.org/accessibility. For questions or accommodation requests: 617-723-2500, accessibility@mos.org. Please request ASL interpeters at least two weeks in advance.