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, ride a narrow gauge railroad, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits.

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

April School Vacation: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind!

Tuesday, April 22 - Friday, April 25

This Earth Week, get up close to nature with hands-on activities designed to get kids outdoors and exploring the EcoTarium's ponds, meadows, and woods. Learn about vernal pools and discover who lives in them, collect samples of cool pond and insect life, explore the secret lives of wildlife through camera traps and tracking, and see what tools you'll need to become a naturalist on your own. A variety of indoor and outdoor activities are included in our Earth Week program. Click here for activity schedule.

Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nature is blossoming, and spring time is here! Rain or shine, enjoy indoor and outdoor family-friendly activities, and half-priced admission to celebrate Earth Day.

See which local friends drop in for surprise visits, take part in some community art, and enjoy live music by Earth Day favorites, Chuck & Mud. Check out our event tent for face-painting and Earth Day tattoos, to chat with local green organizations and to pick up fresh veggies from the REC’s Mobile Farmers Market. Plus, be one of the first to meet Plum, a friendly alien who helps connect kids to nature through PBS KIDS' newest project, Plum Landing!  Click here for Earth Day activity schedule

Since admission is half-priced, coupons and discounts do not apply on Earth Day.

A Night at the Museum

May 17, 2014

Please join us for the EcoTarium’s major fundraiser for 2014. This fun evening of mystery and surprises with a S.T.E.A.M. punk flare is just for adults. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner from Struck Catering, silent and live auctions, historical figures, music, train rides, animals and more as the EcoTarium comes to life - at night!  Click here for tickets and information.

Summer Discovery Camp - Registration Now Open!

Give your child a summer of lasting memories -- and inspire a passion for science and nature -- at the EcoTarium's Summer Discovery Camp! Choose from our perennially favorite camp themes,  Animal Keeper, Gizmos and Gadgets, and EcoTarium Adventure, plus two new themes:  Gizmos and Gadgets: Spy Edition and EcoTarium Discovery Sampler.

Click here to register.  Not a member?  Join now at the Family/Grandparent Level and enjoy camp discounts!

Last Chance to see Science + You! 

Exhibit open through Sunday, April 27

If you haven't experienced being a scientist for a day, be sure to stop in soon, put a lab coat on, and join us for a fascinating, hands-on journey through the laboratory. Through interactive machinery, processes and technology, Science + You opens a window into the world of the research scientist and, through fun activities, shows how science keeps our bodies healthy.

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