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 EcoTarium will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

The Explorer Express Train is currently out of service.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Utility Work is underway, so portions of our trails and paths will be closed during the fall.

November is Teacher Appreciation Month

Educators can visit anytime during the month of November and enjoy free admission and a free planetarium show for yourself and a guest. Just show your Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) or state card, school ID, or proof of employment for this free offer.

Be sure to introduce yourself to our education staff in the planetarium and they will present you with an Educator DVD for our newest planetarium show, Mysteries of the Unseen World. And, they can answer questions you might have about the planetarium, our group programs, and how to book your field trip.

Can'’t visit in November? Teachers can scout out museum exhibits and the grounds for a field trip anytime by showing proof of employment (planetarium shows not included).

Now Playing: Mysteries of the Unseen World

Through our exciting new partnership with National Geographic, we are delighted to show Mysteries of the Unseen World in our Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater.

Mysteries of the Unseen World, presented by National Geographic Entertainment and Day's End Pictures, takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.

You can see the new show at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets are $5 each (plus EcoTarium admission)/$4 EcoTarium members. Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets and Information Desk on the Upper Level of the museum.

A Gift That Gives All Year Long

Looking for a great gift to give this holiday season? An EcoTarium membership gives your loved ones a whole year of adventure, discovery and fun at New England's leading science and nature museum.

EcoTarium members receive free general admission and discounts on special events and other unique experiences, such as birthday parties and summer camp. Members also enjoy free or reduced admission at hundreds of other museums nationwide.

Special Offer: Purchase a gift membership before December 31 and receive a Museum Shop Coupon valid for $20.00 toward merchandise! To ensure delivery by Christmas, please order gift memberships by December 12. Current EcoTarium members can give friends and family gift memberships at a 10% discount!

Gift Memberships are available for purchase online, by phone, at 508.929.2700, or at the Tickets and Information Desk during your next visit.

New Exhibit! KEVA: Build It Up!

KEVA: Build It Up! stimulates the imagination. These uniform maple planks provide an easy, non-messy way to explore sculpture and design, form and function.

Build structures simply by stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors, just simple engineering and improvisation. This exhibit turns artists into scientists and scientists into artists. KEVA planks inspire the whole family to enjoy building together. 

KEVA: Build It Up! is sponsored by Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects.

New Holiday Traditions

Due to the upgrade of our Explorer Express Train and its tracks, we are sorry to say that we are not able to hold our annual holiday event, A Christmas Journey, this year.

Join us on Wednesday, December 31, for Noon Year's Eve. The day is full of festivities that the whole family can enjoy. We will hold New Year's Eve countdowns at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as create and toast resolutions, make 2014 time capsules, and more!

Activities are free with EcoTarium admission.

Nature Explore is Open!

Our new outdoor exhibit features several play areas, each with its own theme. From the Nature Art Area to the Dirt Digging Area to the Climbing and Crawling Area, and more, there is something for every family to enjoy.

The Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and UniBank. Nature Explore is a collaborative program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.