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 open for the season!

13th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest

The Biggest Halloween Celebration for Families in Central Massachusetts!
Saturday, October 22 | 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now! Join us for an afternoon and evening of family-friendly Halloween fun! Bring the kids in costume and enjoy more than a thousand carved pumpkins lit at dark.

Enjoy spooktacular science programs, trick-or-treating, "Creature Features," free planetarium shows, fun activities for the kids, and all the cool things the EcoTarium has to offer. New this year, Science from Scientists Presents: Science Thrills Live!

Sponsored by Commerce Bank, 96-1 SRS, Amergy Solar, Worcester MagazineReliant Medical Group, and Bollus Lynch.

City Science Installation

We are excited that installation work is about to begin on the middle level of our museum as we prepare for upcoming exhibit City Science. For our visitors, this means that from September through November, some parts of this middle level will be temporarily closed, including the Food for Thought Café. Guests will be redirected to our classrooms for use as a snack and lunch area, where you will find our snack and beverage vending machines.

During this time, there is still so much to do and see inside the museum and around the grounds! You will find a sampling of some of our favorite exhibit experiences, such as our Secrets of the Forest exhibit, hidden gems from our Minerals collection, and even some KEVA planks! Plus, explore New England weather patterns in The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington exhibit, visit our animals, enjoy a planetarium show, and take a ride on the Explorer Express Train. 

Turtle Travels

Now open through May 7, 2017

Turtles take amazing journeys and they need your help along the way. Have you ever spied a Swiss Army Turtle? Or tracked a turtle with radio telemetry? Wander through a life-size board game and see firsthand what it's like to travel through a turtles terrain. This fun-filled, interactive exhibit provides a turtles eye-view of life in the slow lane.

Social Science Series

After-Hours Events for Adults Ages 21+

Tickets are on sale now for our next monthly Social Science Series happening November 17!

Explore the EcoTarium in a child-free environment every third Thursday evening of the month. Social Science offers opportunities for networking, socializing, and fun! Guests will enjoy exclusive access to our interactive exhibits and collections all while stirring up conversation over drinks. Social Science evenings offer music, local food, cash bar, and exciting indoor and outdoor experiences.

The Third Century Plan Campaign

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.

We invite you to join us in support of our Third Century Plan Campaign. With your help, we move closer to our vision of becoming a national leader in engaging communities with science and nature, and creating experiences that will last for generations. This transformative campaign expands the EcoTarium’s delivery of fun and imaginative learning experiences for all ages.

Explorer Express Train

Now open daily!

Take a ride on the Explorer Express Train! Our train ride is a scenic 1.5 mile trip around the museum grounds and perfect for all ages! 

Train tickets: $3 per person (plus museum admission)/$2.00 for EcoTarium members. Anyone with Explorer Express Train passes (even if they have expired) may redeem them now through June 2017.