Open to the public since 1989, the Nature Museum at Grafton focuses on the region’s plants, animals, and geology. Hands-on exhibits, dioramas, and mounted specimens engage learners of all ages and connect visitors to the natural world in New England. Visitors can crawl through an underground bear den, dig for fossils, find out about bats and catamounts, and learn about animal adaptations by dressing up as their favorite creature.
Outdoors, wander in the wildlife garden and catch a glimpse of passing butterflies and the Museum’s resident honeybees out collecting nectar. Take a hike through the maple, oak, beech, and birch forest in the Village Park behind the Museum. Visit "the cave," a historic rock structure created in the early 1900s. There are picnic tables in the Museum's backyard as well as several picnic areas and gazebos along the Village Park trails.
The Museum is open year-round on Thursdays from 10-4. From Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, the Museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-4. The Museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Village Park walking trails are open daily year round; maps and information are available at the Museum or at the park kiosk.
186 Townshend Rd., Grafton