Discovery Museum Gets $100K to Support Community Gallery

January 17, 2019 — The Discovery Museum, an Acton nonprofit that serves as the children’s and science museum of Boston's MetroWest region, and Middlesex Savings Bank yesterday announced an expansion of their long-running community support relationship with a $100,000 from the bank to the museum.

The new funding will support the Community Gallery of the Discovery Museum, to be called the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery, a 1,200-square-foot exhibit space designed to host an ongoing series of rotating exhibits and community events. Middlesex Savings Bank is the main sponsor of the gallery.

Middlesex Savings Bank and the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation have funded the museum and its access programs consistently since 2011, funding free museum admission on Friday nights as well as supporting the museum’s fundraising galas and speaker series events.

Additionally, the bank was the first corporate funder to join the Campaign for the Discovery Museum, with capital gifts totaling $100,000 beginning in 2014. “Middlesex Bank has been an impactful supporter of the museum for many years, and this latest gift underscores the Bank’s deep commitment to investing in the community we both serve,” said museum CEO Neil Gordon. “The Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery is a space where our visitors will come together to play, explore, and share; it will be a hub of interesting and inspiring community programs and STEAM-based activity and learning.”

“This investment in Discovery Museum is really an investment in the kids and families of the region,” said Mike McAuliffe, president and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “Community support is at the heart of our charitable investments, and we view Discovery Museum as a tremendous community asset. We are thrilled to support their work to support kids’ informal learning through play.”

Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000-squaere-foot accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018.

Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning.