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.

Traveling Exhibits

How People Make Things

Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things, tells that story by linking familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology.

Advanced Crew Escape Suit and Red Bull Stratos Suit

Two different pressure suits developed and manufactured to keep astronauts safe during transport to the outer reaches of our atmosphere.

Gibeon Meteorite

The Gibeon meteor exploded as it fell, scattering meteorites over hundreds of miles in Namibia. This meteorite is estimated to be 5,000 to 30,000 years old!

Turtle Travels

If you think you know all about turtles, you've got plenty to learn at Turtle Travels, a fun-filled, interactive exhibit that provides a turtle's-eye view of life in the "slow lane."

Featured Exhibits

Natural History Collection

Specimens From the Natural World. Although a large portion of the collection can be seen on display, the EcoTarium also has many materials in storage.

Alden Planetarium

Explore the far reaches of the universe in our planetarium. Be inspired by the breathtaking visuals and state-of-the-art graphics.

Water Planet

Explore How One of Our Most Vital Resources Shapes Our Planet

City Science: The Science You Live

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.

Preschool Discovery Area

Enrich the Minds of Young Visitors. The EcoTarium has a dedicated space for preschool-aged children to play, create and investigate science and nature.

Secrets of the Forest

Uncover What's Living. Unlike the forests in your neighborhood, this one has plenty of comfortable places to sit... and a small stage.

The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington

The Arctic Next Door takes visitors on a virtual journey to explore the weather and geology of Mount Washington.