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Discovery Museum Announces Upcoming Free Events in 2024 for Visitors with Disabilities


Especially for Me program offers free Museum access and dedicated hours for families that would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience.

ACTON - Discovery Museum announced upcoming dates for the Especially for Me series of free events for families and groups with members who may have a disability, including sensory sensitivities, are visually impaired and/or hard of hearing.

The popular program offers accommodations that increase access to and enjoyment of the Museum. Because admission is free, families may come and go based on their needs without concern for cost. Visitors also have the chance to meet others in similar circumstances, thereby reducing feelings of isolation and judgement by others often described by families dealing with special needs. A medical diagnosis is not required to attend.

Discovery Museum is ADA-compliant, and all exhibits are accessible, designed according to Universal Design principles to be both aesthetically pleasing and usable by the widest possible range of people, without regard to age or ability.

Special resources are always available to use including noise-reducing headphones, a Social Story Guide in six languages, a sensory map to the Museum, and a designated “Take a Break” space. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters may be requested during registration. Parking is always free and dinner, including a gluten-free option, is provided at all evening events.

All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but preregistration is required. Dates and registration links can be found online at Registration generally opens up 4 to 6 weeks in advance of each event.

Questions, comments, or concerns about these events can be sent to

January - June 2024 Event Schedule (July - December to be announced later.)

Sensory-Friendly Afternoons

Visit when we’re open to the public, but lower visitation is expected.

Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm: Jan. 9, February 6, March 12, April 2, May 7, June 4

Special Evenings

Visit when the museum is closed to the public. Dinner (including gluten-free option) provided.

Saturdays 5:00 - 8:00pm:

All Access Evening - April 27

Autism-friendly Evenings - January 6, March 9, June 15

Evening for Blind, Visually Impaired, or DeafBlind - February 10

Evening for Deaf, Blind, or DeafBlind - March 23

Sensory-friendly Evening for Visitors 18+ - April 6

Especially for Me is part of the museum’s Open Door Connections program to provide opportunities for those who face a variety of barriers—financial, developmental, or cultural—to experience the Museum.

Especially for Me is made possible by Alexion Charitable Foundation and Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation, with additional support from Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Corning Incorporated Foundation, DCU for Kids, and Nypro, Inc.


Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and giant treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000sf accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility and is a proud recipient of the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category, and a LEAD® Community Asset Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Discovery Museum was also recognized in 2023 as a Finalist for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal, the highest honor in the museum field. For more information, please visit Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization, supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.