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).
Please note that the Explorer Express train is closed for the winter season.
When school's out, the EcoTarium is the place to be. Spiderman is agile and Hawkgirl is strong, but real-life animals are also performing amazing feats of stealth, power, and adaptability. Experience first-hand the heroic traits of creatures you thought you knew, and some you've never heard of. You don't need a cape to be a hero (but feel free to wear one).
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.
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.
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.
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.