The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums -- The Children’s Discovery Museum and The Science Discovery Museum -- provide fun, hands-on exhibits and activities, engage students in the practice of science and learning, and support STEM curriculum. Field trips for campers include Discovery Field Trips, a 90 minute self-guided inquiry of the hands-on science exhibits facilitated by a museum educator; Exploration Field Trips, which cover themes such as Atmosphere, Electricity, Green Energy, Light and Color, Magnetism, Sound, and Forces and Motion; Science and Engineering Field Trips, during which campers faced with a design challenge are engaged in making observations, posing questions, investigating ideas, problem solving, and communicating evidence and solutions. Children’s Discovery Visit for preschool and kindergarten learners offer a 90 minute self-guided tour of Children's Discovery with themed exhibits that offer hands-on activities. 

Contact Info
Address: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720. Middlesex County. Tel: 978-264-4200. Email: fun@discoverymuseums.org. Website: discoverymuseums.org. Hrs: Vary.

Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-3 hours.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.