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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 family-friendly, indoor-outdoor museum located in Worcester, Massachusetts. We offer three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the grounds (seasonal).

On October 19-22 and 26-29, the museum and grounds will close at 4:00 p.m. for Great Pumpkin Nights. The last admission is at 2:00 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Nights

October 19-22, 26-29 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Join us for an all-ages Halloween spectacular with more than 3,000 professionally carved pumpkins lit up in stunning displays, take a train ride on the Explorer Express Train presented by the Worcester Railers HC (additional ticket required), plus, enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, entertainment, and more. These striking pumpkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved jack-o'-lanterns will captivate you as you stroll the EcoTarium's gorgeous grounds. Tickets are limited and are on sale now! 

Did Dinosaurs Poop?

Now Open

Take a digestion journey! Travel as dinosaur "food" from tooth to tush and discover how poop can become a fossil. And, take on the role of paleontologist to uncover fossils at a "dig site," examine them, and figure out where - and when! - they came from. This exhibit offers bright graphics, hands-on interactives, touchable fossil casts, and purposeful play.

This exhibition is a traveling exhibition of the Paleontological Research Institution. Presented Locally By: UniBank, baystateparent, and the Worcester Bravehearts.

Flying Monsters

New Planetarium Show! Now Open

Two hundred twenty million years ago, dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies and the story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastic than fiction. In Flying Monsters, Sir David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of more than 40 feet were equal to that of a modern jet plane.

City Science: The Science You Live

Now Open!

Discover the hidden science stories all around us at the EcoTarium’s newest, hands-on interactive exhibit, City Science. Located on the middle level of the museum, this immersive exploration of the modern city allows visitors to investigate the science we encounter every day but rarely stop to consider.

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.