EcoTarium Winter Appeal
Help provide a happy and healthy home for our wildlife. Please consider a donation to our winter appeal!
Speaker Series: Astrophysics - December 9
Every month, join a local astronomy expert in the Alden Planetarium and dive into the latest discoveries in the grandest science of all!
Free Admission Day - December 24
To celebrate the holiday season, the EcoTarium is opening its doors to the community on December 24th with FREE admission from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm!
Wild About Winter Vacation Week - December 26 to 30
Celebrate the wonders of winter at the EcoTarium during the Wild About Winter Vacation Week! Find fun and beauty in these short winter days!
Noon Year's Eve - December 31
Have a blast ringing in the new year at the EcoTarium! Join us at 12:00 noon for an exciting kid-friendly countdown!
The all-new Alden Planetarium! Daily shows and learning experiences for visitors of all ages.
Hop aboard the Explorer Express to enjoy a scenic 12-minute ride around our museum grounds!
Slydell and Daisy are inviting you to lunch! Get up close to our otters and feed them their favorite foods.
Want more hands-on science? Catch our free, daily, educator-led Science Discovery Programs!
Join us for one of our zookeeper-led Animal Discovery Programs. Get up close with our animal ambassadors!
Adopt an Animal
Our symbolic adoption program is an opportunity to support our beloved animals at the EcoTarium!
Welcome to the EcoTarium Explore exhibits from wherever you are with our 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, daily Science Discovery programs, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride (seasonal) around the 45+ acre campus.
See Who's Living at the EcoTarium! Encounter a wide variety of animals, from owls to turtles to bald eagles.
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.
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.
Explore the far reaches of the universe in our planetarium. Be inspired by the breathtaking visuals and state-of-the-art graphics.
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.
Uncover what's living. Unlike the forests in your neighborhood, this one has plenty of comfortable places to sit... and a small stage.
Discover the hidden science stories all around us at the EcoTarium’s hands-on interactive exhibit, City Science. This immersive exploration of the modern city allows visitors to investigate the science we encounter every day but rarely stop to consider.
The Arctic Next Door takes visitors on a virtual journey to explore the weather and geology of Mount Washington.
Explore the many freshwater habitats of the New England region-- from woodland streams to bogs and marshes, ponds and swamps.
Explore how one of our most vital resources shapes our planet.
Enter the office of an 1820's natural history curator! This touching-approved area allows visitors to handle and investigate real seashells, gems, fossils, and bones.
The EcoTarium owns a natural history collection of over 50,000 specimens. Each quarter, we will pull one of the hidden gems from our collection to put on display.
The Mineral Dome contains 100 rare crystals and stones displayed under beautiful hand-painted skylights.
Scenic trails, New England meadows and ecosystems. Keep your eyes open as you explore meadow, pond and forest environments.
Minutes from downtown Worcester yet a world away, the ponds and grounds at the EcoTarium are worth exploring in every season. Two ponds (upper & Lower) stationed on the property offer many opportunities to observe nature, wildlife or discover something new.
New Indoor Exhibits at the EcoTarium!
The EcoTarium's museum building features three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits that explore the natural and physical sciences and our New England environment. Each year, the museum welcomes dynamic traveling exhibits, as well as houses permanent installations that make creative use of the museum's natural history collection and living wildlife. Our exhibits make learning fun and are designed to engage a family audience.