Indoor-Outdoor Museum of Science and Nature | Worcester, MA

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, MA. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits.

The Explorer Express Train is open for the season!

Explorer Express Train

Now open daily!

Take a ride on the Explorer Express Train this summer! Our train ride is a scenic 1.5 mile trip around the museum grounds and perfect for all ages! 

Train tickets: $3 per person (plus museum admission). EcoTarium members ride the Explorer Express Train for free through the month of June 2016! Anyone with Explorer Express Train passes (even if they have expired) may redeem them now through June 2017.

The Third Century Plan Campaign

Inspiring a Passion for Science and Nature

The EcoTarium is pleased to announce the launch of the second phase of our Third Century Plan to further enhance our visitor learning experience and truly inspire a passion for science and nature at a community and national level.

We invite you to join us in support of our Third Century Plan Campaign. With your help, we move closer to our vision of becoming a national leader in engaging communities with science and nature, and creating experiences that will last for generations. This transformative campaign expands the EcoTarium’s delivery of fun and imaginative learning experiences for all ages.

2016 Summer Discovery Camp

Registration is open! Limited space available; register soon!

At the EcoTarium's Summer Discovery Camp kids ages 5-14 spend their days investigating, making new discoveries and having fun adventures!

We have six great camp sessions to choose from:

  • Animal Treats and Training July 4 – July 8
  • Wild About Nature July 11 – July 15
  • Spies and Mysteries July 18 – July 22
  • Make It! July 25 – July 29
  • Outdoor Adventures August 1– August 5
  • Creature Features August 8 – August 12

EcoTarium members (at the Family/Grandparent level and above) save on Summer Discovery Camp with their member discount. Not a current member? Join or renew and start saving on camp, birthday parties, planetarium shows, and more!

Treetop adventures on the Tree Canopy Walkway

Open Daily:  June 21 - August 14

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a treetop adventure at the EcoTarium on a series of platforms and rope bridges suspended high in the trees where kids (ages 5+) and adults explore life in the canopy just as scientists do in the forest, and then zip-line down to the ground.

Tickets: $10 (plus museum admission), $8 EcoTarium members

Please check availability and purchase tickets at the Tickets and Information Desk when you arrive. Tree Canopy Walkway access is weather-dependent. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by an adult. Ages 12 and older can participate without a chaperone.

KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

Open now through September 11

Embrace your inner zany genius! In the EcoTarium's exciting summer exhibit, KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature, test your immature skills with Tablecloth Trickery, Immature Inventions, Quarter Snatching, Card Throwing, and more, all while exploring how these immature actions can actually teach you about science, engineering, math and literacy.

KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature is produced by the Childrens Museum of Houston in partnership with KLUTZ®.

This exhibit is presented locally by UniBank, baystateparent, and the Worcester Bravehearts.

Summer Fun = Play on the Plaza + Bubbles!

Play on the Plaza, a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. Play some tunes on the Tube-A-Phone, a kid-sized sculpture that blends music, science, and art. At the Invention Space, make your own moving inventions on a giant gear board. Build a structure using giant Timber Stackers and challenge a friend to a game on our Giant Checkers set! Play on the Plaza is presented by the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation.

The bubbles are back! Everyone loves Bubbles! our seasonal outdoor exhibit gives kids of all ages a chance to investigate the science behind the suds. Bubbles! is now featured on the Lower Courtyard (near Siegfried the Stegosaurus).

Social Science Series

After-Hours Events for Adults Ages 21+

Tickets are on sale now for our next monthly Social Science Series happening July 21!

Explore the EcoTarium in a child-free environment every third Thursday evening of the month. Social Science offers opportunities for networking, socializing, and fun! Guests will enjoy exclusive access to our interactive exhibits and collections all while stirring up conversation over drinks. Social Science evenings offer music, local food, cash bar, and exciting indoor and outdoor experiences.

Tickets: $20, $15 EcoTarium Members