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.

New at the EcoTarium

How has the impact of climate change affected our region? Through natural history collections such as ours, scientists and researchers can glean a great deal of insight into the effect on a variety of animal species and our ecosystem. In this community curated exhibit, guests are invited to discover the science behind climate change: how it affects different species and what communities and individuals can do.

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Traveling Exhibits

TEAM Up! Explore Science and Sports

How fast is your fastball? Do different floor surfaces affect your performance? How do you make a perfect bounce pass? Learn the science behind sports with TEAM Up: Explore Science and Sports!!

Harold Grinspoon Sculptures

The Ecotarium is excited to partner with HG Art Works, LLC to bring art to the EcoTarium. The HG Art Works is loaning the EcoTarium three sculptures that will allow guests to experience science combined with the arts.

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!

Permanent Exhibits

City Science: The Science You Live

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.

Alden Planetarium

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

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.

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.

Natural History Showcase

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.

Curator’s Workshop

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.

Mineral Dome

The Mineral Dome contains 100 rare crystals and stones displayed under beautiful hand-painted skylights.

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.

Water Planet

Explore how one of our most vital resources shapes our planet.

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.