EcoTarium | science. nature. explore. connect.


Museum of Science and Nature | Worcester, MA

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Closed most Mondays. Open on all holiday and vacation-week Mondays.

The EcoTarium is New England's leading museum of science and nature, an indoor-outdoor experience dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature education in visitors of all ages. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, guests are encouraged to explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the 45+ acre campus (seasonal). 

Founded in 1825, the EcoTarium has been a leader in informal science and nature education for nearly 200 years, and today welcomes more than 175,000 visitors per year.

Holiday Vacation Week

December 26-31, 2018

Stories + STEM

Calling all engineers: The EcoTarium needs your help solving problems faced by characters in familiar stories. Brainstorm solutions and use everyday materials to build prototypes to test your ideas.  You might just save the day!  

Science and Otter Discovery Programs, Planetarium shows and more.

Noon Years Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family-friendly countdowns, create and toast resolutions, make 2018 time capsules, and participate in our Holiday School Vacation "Stories + STEM" educational programs. 

New Museum President Brings Track Record of Vision and Success

We are thrilled to announce the selection of Lucy Hale as the EcoTarium's new president. Hale, who began August 20, joins the EcoTarium in the midst of a pivotal time comprised of record-breaking attendance and the final phase of the Third Century Plan campaign. Her experience as a nonprofit leader in the science, nature and wildlife fields makes her a wonderful fit for the institution.