Natural History Showcase

The EcoTarium was founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History, and is one of the oldest Natural History Museums in the United States. Our oldest specimen, a whale’s tooth, was collected that same year. We’ve been adding to our collection ever since, and now have approximately 50,000 specimens.

We have over 300 specimens on permanent display, and hundreds more that are available during special programs. Each quarter, we will pull one of the hidden gems from our collection to put on display.


Currently Exhibiting:
Rose-Ringed Parakeets

Rose-Ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) are native to Africa and the Indian subcontinent, but have established flourishing colonies in Europe and the United States. They adapt easily to new habitats. Their strong beaks let them eat fruit, nuts, and even tree bark.

Rose-Ringed Parakeets form pairs to breed. Although they will not keep the same mate for their entire lives, they stay together long enough to raise their chicks to independence, about two years. The male and female take turns incubating the eggs, defending the nest from predators, and feeding their chicks.


Exhibit is included with admission.

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