Hours and Admission | EcoTarium

Hours and Admission

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Columbus Day 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Museum will be closing at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the month of October while we celebrate Great Pumpkin Nights.

The EcoTarium is closed on most Mondays, and on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The EcoTarium will be open on holiday and vacation week Mondays.  In 2018, we will be open on Columbus Day, October 8; Veterans' Day (Observed), November 12; and December 31.
In case of severe weather, please call 508.929.2700 for information on museum closings.  

No Pets, Please

EcoTarium has many animals on exhibit and also living on the museum grounds. For their safety, USDA prohibits domestic animals anywhere on our property, including those left in vehicles (with the exception of service animals).

The EcoTarium is a smoke free facility. Smoking, including vaping, (the use of electronic cigarettes), is not allowed on the grounds or within any buildings.

Museum Admission

General admission includes museum and grounds. Parking is free.

General Admission:

  • EcoTarium Members: Free
  • Adults: $18.00
  • Children/Youth: $14.00, ages 2-18*; Children under 2 are admitted free 
  • Senior Citizens: $14.00, age 65 and older
  • College Students: $14.00, student ID required
  • Military: From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active duty military personnel (with ID) and up to five family members are admitted free to the EcoTarium through the Blue Star Museums program. The rest of the year active military personnel and military spouses receive 2 for 1 admission. Valid for up to 2 free admissions with purchase of same or lesser value. Military ID required.
  • EBT Cards:  Present your EBT card and photo ID for a discounted $2 per person cash admission. Discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit during regular business hours and cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events. The admission fee must be paid in cash. Credit card or check transactions cannot be processed for this program. This program is sponsored in part by Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

*Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. More information on group visits

While You're Here, Try These Add-on Experiences

  • Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater $5.00/$4.00 EcoTarium Members, Children under 2 Free
  • Explorer Express Train (seasonal) $3.00/$2.00 EcoTarium Members, Children under 2 Free

Gift Passes are available for general admission to the EcoTarium and for add-on experiences.

The EcoTarium offers special events throughout the year, including an annual Earth Day Celebration, and Great Pumpkin Fest. Admission for these programs may vary, and some require advance reservations. Consult the events calendar for information.