We are thrilled to help our community get outside and be together as a family during this time. Please note that the Governor has issued a “Safer At Home” advisory and we ask that you please stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are considered to be in a high risk category. This will help protect you, our guests, our staff, and our animals!
Free Admission Days - August 22 & 23, 2020
for selected groups*
The EcoTarium is giving back to the community with a weekend of free admission days.
*First responders, teachers, military/veterans, essential workers, and their families, as well as the museum’s immediate neighbors in Worcester zip code 01604 are invited to visit and enjoy the EcoTarium on these days.
Summer Discovery Camp Is In Session! Want In?
Our popular in-person camp began this month. Weekly themes that cannot be experienced anywhere else! Campers have the entire museum grounds to use.
Virtual Summer Camp Is Unique & Hands-On
This is a refreshing alternative learning experience with unique weekly themes and a super cool kit box of activities and supplies.
Incredibly Creative Science Activities For Free
From scavenger hunts, activity sheets, art projects, quizzes, word search and more.
Don't Forget to Invite One of Our Residents to Your Birthday!
You don't have to serve an extra piece of cake, but several of our small mammals and birds would love to attend the party accompanied by a wildlife keeper to share facts and a training session.
We are excited to announce the next phase of our reopening includes the main museum building inclusive of most of our indoor exhibits, and outdoor food service!
Advance timed tickets remain required for all visits.
Current Museum Operating Hours: Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CLOSED Monday - Friday)
The EcoTarium stands in solidarity with the city of Worcester, Worcester Together, and with the community of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Science is for all, and museums are not neutral. We will listen, learn and work harder to ensure all our spaces are welcoming, safe, and open to all.
Who Invited That Guy to the Meeting?!
We've got some animals that will make your next live-streamed meeting WILD!
Explore the science of your favorite amusement park rides like bumper blaster and create-a-coaster and more!
New Naturalist Program at the EcoTarium
The Naturalist Program is a new educational initiative geared toward rising ninth graders in Worcester interested in learning about natural science, careers in STEM, or museum work.
Have you missed anything from us?
We've got you covered with our new ICYMI Gallery ("in case you missed it")! It's a collection of our top-trending video, imagery and other posts we've shared! Got friends who need to see this too (maybe those who don't have social media) - share away!
Take a Virtual Tour
Try our new Virtual Tour of the museum and explore exhibits from wherever you are!
Adopt an EcoTarium Animal
This symbolic adoption program is an opportunity to give direct financial support to an animal of your choosing to help maintain their health and welfare here at the EcoTarium. Your donation will go towards their food, enrichment, veterinary visits, treats, and so much more.
Welcome to the EcoTarium Explore exhibits from wherever you are with our new Virtual Tour!
The EcoTarium museum of science and nature in Worcester, Massachusetts offers an indoor-outdoor experience to visitors of all ages. Guests are encouraged to explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the 45+ acre campus (seasonal).
Our Alden Digital Planetarium became the first digital planetarium in Massachusetts.
A Virtual Visit to the Savannah. Depictions of African environments such as grasslands, woodlands, riverbanks, bushlands and valleys -- and the exotic animals which inhabit them.
Explore the many freshwater habitats of the New England region-- from woodland streams to bogs and marshes, ponds and swamps.
Uncover What's Living. Unlike the forests in your neighborhood, this one has plenty of comfortable places to sit... and a small stage.
Explore How One of Our Most Vital Resources Shapes Our Planet
Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit. Grass, trees, and rocky alcoves allow the cats to utilize their natural abilities of climbing, scratching and jumping.
The Arctic Next Door takes visitors on a virtual journey to explore the weather and geology of Mount Washington.
Our expansive outdoor exhibit features several play areas, each with its own theme. Each area offers unique and innovative outdoor experiences designed to engage children and their families through activities such as building, digging, nature art, climbing, music and movement.
Discover the hidden science stories all around us at the EcoTarium’s hands-on interactive exhibit, CityScience. This immersive exploration of the modern city allows visitors to investigate the science we encounter every day but rarely stop to consider.
Meet native animals you rarely see. Several have come out of hiding to live in the Animal Corner building on the museum’s Lower Courtyard. Drop by to see our personable porcupine and skunks.
Scenic trails, New England meadows and ecosystems. Keep your eyes open as you explore meadow, pond and forest environments.
See Who's Living at the EcoTarium! Encounter a wide variety of animals, from owls to turtles to bald eagles.
Alden Digital Planetarium
The Alden Digital Planetarium is the first digital planetarium in Massachusetts!
Featuring Digital Light Processing technology from Sky-Skan, Inc., the planetarium uses images from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope to create a three-dimensional solar system projected onto a 40-foot dome. With immersive surround sound technology from Bose, the planetarium offers a 360-degree, multi-sensory experience.