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.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The EcoTarium will close at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26.

Coming Soon! Nature Explore

Anticipated Opening: August 2014

We are moving right along with the transformation of our playground space into the Nature Explore exhibit!

Be sure to check out our other play areas including Play on the Plaza and our Preschool Discovery Area. Plus, play with model construction toys and preview Nature Explore activities on our Lower Courtyard.

Thank you for your patience during the transformation of our outdoor space. We can’t wait to for you to try our newest play experience, Nature Explore, opening this August!

Imagination Playground is back

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Let your imagination go wild building with our big, blue blocks! Imagination Playground encourages free play and open-ended fun. This exhibit is on the Lower Courtyard (near Siegfried the Stegosaurus).

Imagination Playground at the EcoTarium is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Run! Jump! Fly!

Our thrilling new summer exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ is now open through September 21.

Jump on a balance board and test your snowboarding skills, pedal the Flycycle, take on the Climbing Canyon and get moving with us this summer!

This exhibit is sponsored locally by UniBank and the Worcester Bravehearts.

Run! Jump! Fly-days!

Thursday afternoons, June 26-August 28 at 12:30 p.m.
How do bodies run, jump, fly, stretch, and move? Explore the science behind real animal superheroes in these weekly interactive programs.

Movers & Shakers

Tuesday afternoons, July 1-August 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Practice your moves in these interactive demonstrations held by local action stars and find out where your family can get active in the greater Worcester area.

Free Fun Friday at the EcoTarium

Friday, August 29

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Explore our exhibits, stroll our nature trails, and enjoy science programs for FREE throughout the day! This incredible program, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, features FREE admission to a different group of zoos, museums, and cultural institutions each Friday this summer (67 in all!).

Be sure to check out the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent. You’ll find discovery activities and a special photo opportunity to help your kids picture future career possibilities. Learn about the U.Fund College Investing Plan, have some fun, and start thinking about your children’s future. Free Fun Friday at the EcoTarium is co-sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.

Join in the Siegfried Birthday Pop-Up, in honor of Siegfried the Stegosaurus’ 50th birthday! Enjoy visits from the Worcester Sharks, the Worcester Bravehearts and 96.1 WSRS. Plus, enjoy free samples of Polar Beverages and Clif Bar products, while supplies last! This is one of the busiest days of the year at the EcoTarium. Please keep in mind that parking will be limited.

Last Week to take a Walk in the Treetops!

This special program closes on Sunday

Imagine walking 40 feet high in the trees, harnessed and clipped to swinging bridges spanning 150 feet. How would it feel to trek through the trees, observe what's happening up there in the treetops-- like a scientist-- and then speed down to the forest floor on a zipline?

The EcoTarium's Tree Canopy Walkway is a unique and exciting opportunity for families to explore life in the treetops. One of the few walkways where children as young as 5 can participate, the Tree Canopy Walkway offers a fun, safe and educational introduction to the science of the tree canopy. 

All children must be 5 or older and accompanied by an adult. Ages 12 and older can participate without a chaperone. Visit the Tree Canopy Walkway webpage to prepare for your family’s adventure!

Explorer Express Train Passes

If you have passes for the Explorer Express Train, we are happy to offer these options: you can exchange your passes for tickets to a planetarium show of your choice, or hold on to the passes for use when the train is running.  We will honor all passes, regardless of expiration dates. We appreciate your patience as we replace the train tracks and, like you, we look forward to having the train back on track!