Current Museum Operating Hours: Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CLOSED Monday - Friday)

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while Summer Discovery Camp is in session, the museum will be open to the public on weekends only from July 6 - August 23
  • Saturdays & Sundays
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • All tickets need to be purchased in advance of your arrival, tickets will not be sold at the gate in accordance with the Governor’s orders.

What spaces are currently open at the EcoTarium:

  • The main museum building
  • Scenic paths and trails
  • Upper and lower ponds
  • Resident wildlife habitats: Wild Cat Station, native birds, bald eagles, owls, red fox, river otters
  • Nature Explore (with restrictions - five families at a time. Masks at all times.)
  • Lower Plaza: view animals in outdoor habitats
  • Food service will be available outside at the Pavilion. Edible Creations by Gerry menu items will include hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, and drinks.
  • The Alden Digital Planetarium (July 18 opening weekend) Only two shows a day. No more than 10 people in a group - groups must be separated by six feet. Tickets will be purchased online. The theater will be cleaned after each show.

Locate the QR codes throughout the grounds that link to online experiences, information, and fun facts from our education and living collections teams!

What spaces are not currently open at this time:

Per the Governor’s order the following spaces and experiences remain closed:

  • Animal Corner
  • The indoor Snack Area
  • The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington indoor exhibit on the top level of the museum
  • The Explorer Express Train
  • In-person program offerings

All tickets need to be purchased in advance of your arrival, tickets will not be sold at the gate in accordance with the Governor’s orders.

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

For EcoTarium Members:

Although at this time, members are required to reserve tickets in advance. Please sign in at checkout and select your member tickets (adult or child) and your balance will discount to zero prior to checkout. Buy Tickets

Museum Hours

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

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.

When to Visit

  • Quieter museum experience: visit September through March. Generally, early morning and late afternoons are quieter times to visit.
  • Busy season at the museum: visit May through mid-June

Important: No Pets, No Smoking

EcoTarium has many animals on exhibit and also living on the museum grounds. For their safety, USDA prohibits domestic animals anywhere on our property, including those left in vehicles (with the exception of service animals).

The EcoTarium is a smoke-free facility. Smoking, including vaping, (the use of electronic cigarettes), is not allowed on the grounds or within any buildings.

Grounds Map

Save paper and view our map here instead!

EcoTarium Grounds Map  EcoTarium Grounds Map (Spanish) 

Admission Pricing

General admission includes the museum and grounds. Parking is free. Purchase tickets upon entrance.

  • EcoTarium Members: Free
  • Adults: $19.00 
  • Children/Youth: $14.00, ages 2-18; Children under 2 are admitted free
  • Senior Citizens: $15.00, age 65 and older 
  • College Students: $14.00, student ID required
  • EBT Cards: Present your EBT card for a discounted $2 per person cash admission. Discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit during regular business hours and cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events. Due to processing limitations, the admission fee must be paid in cash.  Credit card or check transactions cannot be processed for this program. This program is sponsored in part by C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation, the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
  • Military: Active military personnel and military spouses receive 2 for 1 admission. Valid for up to 2 free admissions with the purchase of same or lesser value. Military ID required. Additionally, each year May-Labor Day, active duty military personnel (with ID) and up to five family members are admitted free to the EcoTarium through the Blue Star Museums program.
  • WIC cards: Present a WIC card for a discounted $2 per person cash admission, up to 4 people total.
  • Bank of America Museums On Us: free admission during the first full weekend of every month for Bank of America credit card holders (must have card with a matching valid photo id upon entry).
  • OTHER DISCOUNTS & QUESTIONS: as of January 1, 2020 there have been some changes. Please contact guest services: 508.929.2700