The EcoTarium, following Governor Baker's order closing schools across the state through May 4, will be closed through May 4 as a matter of public health and safety as our state works to contain COVID-19. All events, field trips, birthday parties, and programs through May 4 are cancelled. To reschedule or for a refund please email We will keep in close contact with officials to assess an opening date as we get closer to May 4.

Planned visitor activities during this time, including school field trips, overnight visits, birthday parties, facility rentals exhibit events and programs will be rescheduled or canceled. We will issue refunds if reschedules are not possible. As a nonprofit, this closure is hugely and negatively impactful to our operations and finances. If you would like, you may convert your refund to a donation to the EcoTarium - we are so thankful for your support.

Our resident wildlife will remain cared for without any interruptions. Staff will continue to respond to emails and voicemails and provide online services.

We turn for guidance to trusted public health sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the World Health Organization and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Updated information may be found here on our website.

We will respond thoughtfully to this unprecedented situation and look forward to offering a warm and inspirational welcome again after we reopen.

Contact Information:

Reservations:, 508.929.2703


Take a virtual tour of the museum and explore exhibits wherever you are!

Exploring the natural and physical sciences

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.

Hours of Operation:

The EcoTarium is closed on most Mondays, and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

  • Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In the case of severe weather, the museum will follow the operation schedule of Worcester Public Schools: if they are open, we are open; if they are closed, we are closed. You may also call 508.929.2700 for information on museum closings. School delays do not impact museum operations.

Did you know? If you become a member of the EcoTarium during your visit, you can apply your admission fee to the cost of your membership.

What to See & Do at the EcoTarium:

  • Travel through space in the Alden Digital Planetarium
  • Take in a Science Discovery program
  • Walk around scenic nature trails and expansive grounds
  • Learn about animal habitats and meet animal residents
  • Catch a ride on the Explorer Express Train: April-November

Items For Rent on Museum Grounds:

  • Locker: $3
  • Single Stroller: $7
  • Double Stroller: $9
  • Wheelchairs: $9
  • ECV scooter $20

Museum Shop

EcoTarium's Museum Shop shelves are overflowing with unique treasures and fun gifts to fit all ages, interests and budgets. Come browse our wide selection of plush toys and puppets, science kits, children's books, giftware, field guides, and plenty more.

Gift Passes to visit the EcoTarium and Museum Shop Gift Certificates are available.

EcoTarium members receive 10% off purchases in the Museum Shop! Not a Member? Join or renew today.

Store Hours

  • Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Available at the Museum Shop
  • Unique Gift! Art work created by our own resident wildlife
  • Atomic Earrings - made with a 3D printer!
  • Book variety
  • Crazy Aaron kits
  • Dinosaur-themed children's picture books, puzzles and more
  • Fairtrade and handmade products
  • KEVA Building Kits
  • Kikkerland gadgets and toys
  • Nature-inspired jewelry
  • Recycled bottle glassware
  • Rubberband jewelry
  • Science and robotics kits
  • Tangoes puzzle games
  • Wearables

Located on the Upper Level of the museum. Admission is waived for those who only have time to shop.

Thank you for your patronage. Your purchases support the EcoTarium's mission and our innovative programs, exhibits and wildlife.

For information, contact or call 508.929.2720.

Save paper and view our map here instead!

EcoTarium Grounds Map

EcoTarium Grounds Map (Spanish)


Worcester Regional Transit Authority Bus 3/3A stops at the EcoTarium!

View the schedule