The EcoTarium’s distinctive setting offers a memorable backdrop to any outing or celebratory event either after hours or all day on Mondays. With exhibits that are sure to engage your guests and outdoor space that allows for exploring, the options are endless. We can accommodate small group meetings to large social and corporate events. Our staff will work with you to make sure no detail is overlooked.
Corporate members, university members, and members of the 1825 Society at the Patron level and above, enjoy unparalleled access to rent the museum and grounds for events. Whether a company outing, dinner, or reception for your employees, clients, or friends, the EcoTarium is the perfect setting for an unforgettable occasion. If you are interested in our University Membership program, please call 508.929.2783.
Within the museum, your guests can enjoy three floors of hands-on exhibits, live animals and natural history objects to explore such topics as mountain weather, city engineering, and water habitats. Our staff will work with you to lay out your event among the exhibits for a truly unique experience.
The Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater includes 103 seats and is available after hours for meetings and wedding ceremonies.
The Hirsh Center (approximately 1,700 square feet) is a private room with multiple configurations available, including lecture-style seating (for up to 180 guests) and dining arrangements (80 guests with a small dance floor up to 100 without).
Our peaked event tent is available from May to October and can accommodate up to 300 people. In addition, two courtyard spaces offer additional options for outdoor entertaining.
The EcoTarium is unable to host the following: wedding or baby showers, proms/formals, coming of age parties, fundraisers, political events, events open or advertised to the public.
Events may be held Tuesday through Sunday before we open or after we close. Corporate and University members may schedule business meetings during the day. Select Mondays are offered for exclusive use of the museum and grounds.
Please have multiple dates in mind as your first choice may not be available.
A hold may be placed on one specific date for up to one month with the understanding that, should the date be requested by another client, the client holding the date will have 48 hours to complete their contract or release the date.
Confirming Your Date
In order to confirm the event date, the client must sign and return the facility rental contract along with a deposit in the amount of 50% of the rental fees.
Parking is free.
The EcoTarium has a preferred catering list that clients may select from for their event. Bars and bar set-ups are handled directly by the EcoTarium. The facility rental coordinator can provide a list of preferred vendors for other services.
Rental prices are quoted upon request and are based on such factors as group size, duration, type of function, space requirements and the needs of the client.
Interested in renting the EcoTarium for a private event? Please submit an Inquiry Form and our facility rental coordinator will get back to you shortly.