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 currently out of service while we upgrade the train and its tracks.

Winter Vacation: Frozen Forest

Tuesday – Friday, February 16 – 19, 2016

Explore the chilly world within the frozen forest during February school vacation! We will investigate how animals survive winter and explore the science of snow. Venture out with us and learn first hand how humans have adapted to winter weather throughout history. Be sure to bundle up for cold-weather fun!

2016 Summer Discovery Camp

Registration is open!

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 (or enjoy all six weeks!):

  • 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

Register before March 16, 2016 for early-bird pricing. In addition, EcoTarium members save even more with their member discount. Not a current member? Join or renew and start saving on camp, birthday parties, planetarium shows, and more!


New Film! Now Playing in Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater

Discover the potential that asteroids present to facilitate manned space travel. Through stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, this film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds. This 25-minute film is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and co-produced by National Geographic Studios and Sky-Skan.

Tickets to shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater are $5 each (plus museum admission); $4 for EcoTarium members.


Now open through May 1, 2016

This classic exhibit brings science and the history of electricity to life through interactive activities. Fundamental principles such as magnetic fields, electric charges, and battery technology are explored through interactive stations. Visitors can safely examine concepts such as static electricity and live current, motors, batteries and wires, attraction and repulsion, sparks, charge and discharge, voltage, AC and DC, magnetic fields and magnetic motion, lights, telegraphs and transmitters, and more.

This exhibit is sponsored locally by Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Winter Savings for School Groups

School Group Half-Off Winter Special: Visit us in January or February and save 50% on museum admission (Education Program fees additional). School group students and chaperones can visit the EcoTarium for just $4 each! This offer is not available February 13-21, 2016.

More Shocking Savings! To celebrate our upcoming exhibit, Electricity, we are offering school groups a discount on our newest education program, Invisible Forces: Electricity and Magnetism, where students learn what causes static electricity, how lightning is formed, how magnetic and electrical forces are related, and more electrifying concepts through hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments. The discounted rate of just $4 per person for this program is available January 19-April 15, 2016. This offer is not available February 13-21, 2016. Book in January or February for best value!