Science and Nature Exhibits

Hands-on investigations for all ages

The EcoTarium's museum building features three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits that explore the natural and physical sciences and our New England environment. Each year, the museum welcomes dynamic traveling exhibits, as well as houses permanent installations that make creative use of the museum's natural history collection and living wildlife. Our exhibits make learning fun and are designed to engage a family audience.

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 soda vending machines during this time. On Saturdays through October 15, Eric’s LaPatisserie will also have delicious lunch and snack items for sale at our outdoor Food Pavilion.

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. 

Featured Exhibits

Saturday, September 17, 2016 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

Follow a turtle's footprints on a life-size board game to explore firsthand what it's like to face habitat changes. See life from their point of view!

The Arctic Next Door takes visitors on a virtual journey to explore the weather and geology of Mount Washington. Now open on the Upper Level.

Our expansive outdoor exhibit features several play areas, each with its own theme. Each area offers unique and innovative outdoor experiences designed to engage children and their families through activities such as building, digging, nature art, climbing, music and movement.