Children's Exhibits

Discovery Museum, 2018

Acton, Massachusetts

Four dramatic play environments and a special exhibit for 0-3 year-olds and their families.

 

Built by Truro Designs, costumes by Kevin Harper

Photography by Matthew Clowney

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Bessie's House facade
Bessie's House facade

The children's exhibits are housed in a recreation of "Bessie's House," the original Victorian house where the old children's museum once was. Photo by Greg Shupe.

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Play train
Play train

Visitors are greeted by a play train with wheels that turn, a light that shines, and a bell that dings.

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Train table
Train table

Crawl under the multilevel train table and pop up in the middle for a 360 degree toy train experience. On the column are conductors' vests hung up on railroad spike hooks.

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Get your tickets!
Get your tickets!

Buy and sell tickets, update the train schedule, and chart routes on the train map.

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Ticket window
Ticket window

Exchange tickets for tokens and keep your tokens in a little built-in hatch.

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All aboard!
All aboard!

The train interior has plenty of room for passengers and is wheelchair accessible. Conductors' vests come in two sizes so everyone can play.

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Engineer at work
Engineer at work

Ring the bell, stoke the fire, pull the levers, and turn the cranks.

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Train interior
Train interior

Real vintage instruments and a fire that glows and crackles make the train interior come alive.

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Train table
Train table

Build your own track and tell your own train stories.

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