Discovery Museum upcoming events

Discovery Museum, Acton

Our summer of Free Friday Night Fun kicks off on Friday, June 23 and runs through Friday, September 1st. The museum will be open with free admission each Friday night from 4:30 to 8:00pm. On June 23 only, the museum will be open for free all day, from 9:00am to 8:00pm, as part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program.


Special Programs and Events:

June 10 – Bessie’s Birthday Bash

July 7 & August 5 – Cold As Ice: Experiment with a 300lb Block of Ice!

July 8 & August 18 – All About Bees!

July 15 – Autism-Friendly Evening (free admission for registered families)

July 18 through July 22 – The Caterpillar Lab

July 25 through July 29 – Exploring Madhubani Art

August 8 through August 12 – Fairyborough
August 29 through September 2 – Dirtopia!


For more information on these and other programs, please visit our Calendar.

New exhibitions at Harvard Art Museums

New exhibitions:

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (Through December 31, 2017)

A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti (Through August 13, 2017)

Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace (Through August 13, 2017)

Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth, Before and After Mallarmé (Through August 13, 2017)

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran (August 26, 2017–January 7, 2018)

Special Summer Events in Acton

Discovery Woods: Backyard & Beyond, Forest Fridays

Discovery Woods
Friday, June 9, 2017 –

10:00am to 10:45am
 A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Friday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds.

Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Marlborough Hospital’s 19th Annual Safe Summer Fun Day, 6/3

Marlborough Hospital’s 19th Annual Safe Summer Fun Day

UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital’s 19th annual Safe Summer Fun Day will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm. This free, child-oriented health and safety event took place on the front lawn of Marlborough Hospital at 157 Union Street, Marlborough.

The event’s claim to fame is every year, several hundred free bike helmets are fitted and given away by trained Marlborough Hospital caregivers. The event also features many hands-on hospital exhibits and educational booths created and supported by hospital staff, Board Trustees and members of hospital-affiliated councils, such as our Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Community partners also participate in the event to create opportunities for the local community to explore emergency vehicles, learn new ways to stay healthy, promote summer safety for kids and their families, and to get to know their neighbors. The UMass Memorial Health Care Life Flight air ambulance offers tours of their rescue helicopter as well. This year’s long-standing and supportive community partners include The Cottage Children’s Center and Villaris Martial Arts, both located in Marlborough.

The day also features fun, family-oriented activities such as an obstacle course, a trackless train, balloon animals, games and free bike raffles. A DJ provides fun and family-appropriate music throughout the afternoon. A barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by Marlborough Hospital’s Union Street Café and Morrison Foods for a nominal cost.


Art Exhibit at Indian Hill

ART EXHIBIT: The Gallery at Indian Hill presents an exhibit of acrylics by Carrie Crane. On view May – June at 36 King Street, Littleton, MA. (Hours: M.-F., 10am–8 pm; Sat., 10 am– 4pm.) FREE and open to the public. Learn more: (978) 486-9524

DeCordova exhibit: “New England Women Painters,” April 7-September 17

Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM – deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $0 under 13

This exciting and timely exhibition focuses exclusively on women artists, shifting the expected male narrative of abstract painting. In addition, it expands the usual New York-based sotry by looking entirely to New England. Nearly 40 innovative New England women artists, including Natalie Alper, Kristin Baker, Sharon Friedman, Maud Morgan, Ann Pibal, Katherine Porter, Jo Sandman, Sandi Stone, Barbara Takanaga, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, represent the rich diversity of abstract painting from 1950 to today. Check for hours each day.

Free Event, Fine Arts Theater Place for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness: “The Hunting Ground” Screening & Discussion

04.05.17 at 6:30 PM
Fine Arts Theatre Place
19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. As a community service, the Fans of Film at Fine Arts Theatre host a free event which will include a screening of the short animation film “Every Two Minutes” by local artists Catriona Baker and Curvin Huber, followed by “The Hunting Ground,”a documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on US college campuses.

Museum of Russian Icons: Exhibit, “Pondering Mary: Her Story Through Icons”

Exhibit: “Pondering Mary: Her Story Through Icons” (thru May 27)

Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union St., Clinton, MA

This exhibit will explore Mary’s life as portrayed in icons; how her relationship with her Son has defined her; and how the Russian people have viewed her complex role in salvation. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Check for hours each day.

Concord Museum-Photography Exhibit, “Walden/Four Views”

Photography exhibit: “Walden/Four Views” (thru Aug. 20))

Concord Museum

The museum launches its one-year Thoreau Bicentennial celebration with an exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Guided and inspired by Thoreau’s journal, this features panoramic views of Walden Pond.