The center is housed within a complex of historical mill buildings that are situated along the Connecticut River and interprets the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River and its surrounding watershed. Once inside the center, visitors take a tour of the 410-mile-long Connecticut River and its watershed beginning in the South at the barrier beaches of Long Island Sound continuing all the way North to the source of the Connecticut River near the Canadian border. The detailed dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes that can be found along the river. The exhibits also showcase the cultural and industrial history of the watershed, focusing on the role that humans have played in our environment throughout time and the positive actions that can be taken to lessen impacts in the future. The Great Falls Discovery Center welcomes field trips from schools, community groups, and organizations throughout the year.
The center is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm between mid-May and mid-October and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the rest of the year. The center is also open by special appointment for visiting groups year round. Admission to the Great Falls Discovery Center is free and the building and exhibits are child friendly and are fully accessible. The center is a cooperative partnership between the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the town of Montague, with financial and program support from the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.
Nearby attractions include the canal-side bike path that runs from Turners Falls to Deerfield, the Turners Falls Fish way which is open from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, and Unity Park, which features a newly renovated playground. We look forward to your visit!
Learn about upcoming events on the Great Falls Discovery Center website.
Great Falls Discovery Center2 Avenue ATurners Falls, MA 01376Phone: 413-863-3676
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The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.