We’re Open Weekends! Come Visit Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CLOSED Monday - Friday)

Make the most out of what’s left of summer, and say hi to Socks the fox, mountain lions Salton and Freyja, and the rest of our residents as you explore our grounds! We’re open on weekends, including the main museum building, most indoor exhibits, and outdoor food service. Advance timed tickets are required. We continue to follow social distancing measures and cleaning protocols to keep our staff, wildlife and guests safe. Please check our web page for the most updated list and what to expect. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you soon!

For important admission information and all reopening details, please visit: Reopening Information

What's new at the EcoTarium?

You'll find the latest on EcoTarium news and events here. You can also check out our calendar or check us out on Facebook.

Members of the news media: For more information about the EcoTarium and upcoming offerings, or to arrange an interview with a member of the staff, please e-mail us at connect@ecotarium.org or call 508.929.2738. Electronic images are available upon request.

News Releases

Grant Support Keeps EcoTarium Active During Dormancy

September 3, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – September 2, 2020 The EcoTarium was a recent recipient of a “GSK Science in the Summer” grant in partnership with the Franklin…

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EcoTarium Museum Will Host Free Admission Weekend in Effort to Give Back To Community

August 18, 2020

Contact: Rachel Stoff Director of Marketing and Communications rstoff@ecotarium.org 617-960-6186 Worcester, Mass. – August 17, 2020 With the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19…

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EcoTarium Dormancy, Staff Reductions Begin Sept. 4

August 7, 2020

Emily Gowdey-Backus Media and Public Relations Consultant emily.gowdeybackus@gmail.com  860-573-4366 Aug. 7, 2020 WORCESTER (Mass.) – Facing serious financial effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the…

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EcoTarium Plans Significant Changes Through Winter

July 24, 2020

WORCESTER (Mass.) – The EcoTarium, an icon in the Worcester community for nearly 200 years, will make significant changes later this year due to the…

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EcoTarium Offers Free Family Memberships to Essential Workers in Greater Worcester

May 18, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – May 18, 2020 Through the months of May and June, for every membership that is purchased or renewed, the EcoTarium museum of…

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New Traveling Exhibit Connects Visitors with the Physics Behind Amusement Park Thrills Amusement Park Science Exhibit Opens

March 9, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – March 9, 2020 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature will introduce Amusement Park Science, the year’s second temporary exhibit on Saturday, March 14 from…

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Inaugural Community Curators Exhibit Features Rare Specimens from Natural History Collection with Connection to Climate Change

January 15, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – January 13, 2020 Climate change impacts everyone. Every person, animal, organism and region. On Saturday, January 11, 2020, the EcoTarium museum of science…

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EcoTarium Presents Documentary Film Screening Highlighting Afghan Women Bicycle Riders to Commemorate Closing of GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes Exhibit on Saturday, January 4

December 31, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – December 30, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature is thrilled to announce a special event to close out the final…

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Wild Cat Station Exhibit at the EcoTarium Welcomes Jan and Poe, Two Ravens

November 26, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – November 26, 2019 – Two young female corvids (specifically the species Common Raven) are in their new habitat at the EcoTarium museum…

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EcoTarium Offers Half-Price Admission to Worcester City Employees During Holiday Weeks

November 19, 2019

WHAT: Welcome City of Worcester employees! Have a passion for science and nature? Take advantage of half-price admission for each employee and up to three…

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Citizen Science Project to Collect Real-Time Extreme Heat Data This Summer in Worcester

August 5, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – August 5, 2019 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature, and the City of Worcester will collaborate to…

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EcoTarium Museum Of Science and Nature Secures Reputable Caterer for Onsite Year Round Food Service

July 16, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – July 16, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature is pleased to announce Edible Creations by Gerry as the onsite food…

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Key Positions Filled as Part of Successful Recent Restructuring at the EcoTarium Museum

May 29, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – May 28, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature welcomes Cristoff Shay for the newly created position of Vice President of…

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The EcoTarium Unveils Wild Cat Station Outdoor Habitat Featuring Two Orphaned Mountain Lions

May 10, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – May 10, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to unveil one of their boldest exhibits yet…

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The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature announces opening of one of largest mountain lion exhibits in New England

April 10, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – April 10, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature enthusiastically announces that two mountain lions and several native bird species are…

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Ana Bottary Visits Worcester's Ecotarium On This Week's Trip On A Tankful - Spectrum News, August 3, 2020

As Smaller Mass. Museums Begin Reopening, One in Worcester Makes Big Changes - NBC 10 Boston, May 26, 2020

Arts, culture communities weigh post-COVID world options - Telegram & Gazette,  May 24, 2020

Evolution of a science museum in a global pandemic - Worcester Business Journal, May 22, 2020

EcoTarium to Donate Family Memberships to Essential Workers - This Week In Worcester, May 20, 2020

Cultural institutions are responding to pandemic closures by going online - Worcester Business Journal, May 11, 2020

Business Matters: Leaders step up amid COVID-19 - Telegram & Gazette,  May 10, 2020

Retired Hanover CEO Eppinger pledges match for EcoTarium fundraising drive - MSN, April 12, 2020

Retired Hanover CEO Eppinger pledges match for EcoTarium fundraising drive - Telegram & Gazette,  April 11, 2020

Local Museums & Zoos offer STEM activities and videos for families! - Worcester Central Kids Calendar, April 2, 2020

EcoTarium bands together with other nonprofits after major losses due to COVID-19 impact - Telegram & Gazette,  March 29, 2020

Massachusetts Cultural Organizations Struggle In The Midst Of The Pandemic - WBUR, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Worcester organizations band together and offer support during COVID-19 pandemic - Mass Live, March 20, 2020

EcoTarium Sets Attendance Record with More than 178,000 Visitors - Spectrum News 1, February 19, 2020

Acting locally: EcoTarium examines personal impact of climate change - Worcester Magazine, January 14, 2020

'What big tusks you have!' - Telegram & Gazette, January 9, 2020

A brave choice: EcoTarium hosts screening of ‘Afghan Cycles’ - Worcester Magazine, January 3, 2020

Families have a blast at EcoTarium’s Noon Year’s Eve -  Telegram & Gazette, December 31, 2019

EcoTarium Celebrates Mountain Lions' First Birthday with Special Cake -  Spectrum News 1, December 15, 2019

Love Your Labels showcase and exhibit - Worcester Magazine, November 19, 2019

First Person: EcoTarium not pussy-footing around - Worcester Magazine, October 22, 2019

Massachusetts kicks off STEM Week - Worcester Business Journal, October 21, 2019

A Fresh Fall Forward at the EcoTarium - Discover Central Massachusetts, October 2, 2019

Purgatory—and Beyond - Harvard Magazine, September/October 2019

Last Call with Lucy Hale, EcoTarium president - Worcester Magazine, August 29, 2019

Orphaned, Sibling Mountain Lions Find Home at EcoTarium - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, August 2019

Hot, hotter, hottest: Citizen scientists help create heat map of Worcester - Telegram & Gazette, August 22, 2019

EcoTarium Secures Reputable Caterer For Onsite Year Round Food Service - Macaroni Kid - July 17, 2019

50th Anniversary Rocket Launch - MassLive - July 19, 2019

Lunar Launch Anniversary - Worcester News Tonight - July 16, 2019

Mayo Mountain Lions Meet Their Mascots – The Landmark, July 12, 2019

Worcester on the Moon & Beyond! – This Week in Worcester, July 8, 2019

Worcester by Bike, Episode 4: ‘Gear Up’ at EcoTarium – Telegram & Gazette, May 15, 2019

Stars of New Exhibit – MassLive, May 10, 2019

Cause For Celebration – Worcester Magazine, May 10, 2019

Wild Cat Station Debut - Worcester News Tonight - May 8, 2019

Earth Day Celebration at the EcoTarium – Telegram & Gazette, April 19, 2019

Worcester Launches Year of Festivities for Goddard – WBUR, March 16, 2019

Goddard Day Special Launch – Telegram & Gazette, March 16, 2019

Fungal Tree of Life – GoLocal Worcester – September 3, 2018

High Moon – Sentinel & Enterprise, January 17, 2019

Goodbye to 2018 On Noon Years Eve – Telegram & Gazette, January 1, 2019

Connecting the Dots – WCCA, January 2, 2019