Great Falls Discovery Center

Great Falls Discovery Center - USFWS.

The Great Falls Discovery Center is located in the village of Turners Falls, Town of Montague, Massachusetts.


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.

For hours of operation, call or check the Center's website.  Admission to the Great Falls Discovery Center is free and the building and exhibits are child friendly and are fully accessible. 

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.

Contact Information

Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Phone: 413-863-3676