The Discovery Museums
|The Discovery Museums|
The Children's Discovery Museum
|Location||177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, Massachusetts 01720
|Director||Neil H. Gordon|
|Public transit access||MBTA: South Acton|
The Discovery Museums is a children's museum in Acton, Massachusetts, United States. Established in 1982, the Children's Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum share a 4.5 acres (18,000 m2) campus.
The Children's Discovery Museum was founded in 1982 by Donald B. Verger, a math teacher and naturalist. The Science Discovery Museum opened in 1988. An additional parcel that increased the campus size by half was purchased and a new master plan was commissioned in 2008.
The Children's Discovery Museum current exhibits include the Assabet River Water Table, Bessie's Play Diner, the Rainbow Room, the Safari Room, Sensations, S.S. Discover, the Chain Reaction Room, the Adventure fort, the Safari Room and the Train Room. Former exhibits include the Dinosaur Room, and Grandma's Attic.
The Science Discovery Museum permanent exhibits include Earth Science, Inventor's Workshop, Rubber Ball Music Wall, Sea of Clouds, and Solar Storms to Radio Waves.
The Children's Discovery Museum is housed in a 3-story Victorian house, built in 1880, that has 3,500 square feet (330 m2) of floor space in ten rooms. The Science Discovery Museum is housed in a purpose-built postmodern building designed by E. Verner Johnson & Associates. It has 8,200 square feet (760 m2) of floor space.
- Donald Verger
- Kathleen Compton
- Deborah Gilpin (1992-2003)
Michael W. Judd
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- "It's full steam ahead at Acton's Discovery Museum". Lowell Sun. 2001-10-11. "The Children's Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton, is right on track with its new Train Room..."
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- Burns, Nancy V. (2004-01-15). "Inventor's gadgets bring stirring music to students' ears". The Boston Globe. "The Discovery Museums in Acton commissioned [Leonard] Solomon to build a permanent exhibit in 1998. He came up with the Rubber Ball Music Wall..."
- Campbell, Robert (1988-08-09). "Post-Modernism put to excellent use in Acton". Boston Globe. "Surely the architectural style known as Post-Modernism has never been used to better effect than at the new Science Discovery Museum in Acton."
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