EcoTarium | science. nature. explore. connect.


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 most Mondays. Open on all holiday and vacation-week Mondays.

The EcoTarium is New England's leading museum of science and nature, an indoor-outdoor experience dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature education in visitors of all ages. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, guests are encouraged to explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the 45+ acre campus (seasonal). 

Founded in 1825, the EcoTarium has been a leader in informal science and nature education for nearly 200 years, and today welcomes more than 175,000 visitors per year.

Holiday Vacation Week

December 26-31, 2018

Stories + STEM

Calling all engineers: The EcoTarium needs your help solving problems faced by characters in familiar stories. Brainstorm solutions and use everyday materials to build prototypes to test your ideas.  You might just save the day!  

In the Planetarium: Wizards and the Stars

Which star is the heart of the Lion?  What constellations are fantastic beasts? Why is Sirius called the “Dog Star”? Through the magic of our digital planetarium, gaze into the heavens and locate some familiar (and not so familiar) wizards, witches, and magical creatures. Move effortlessly through time and space! You don’t even need an enchanted hourglass.

Science and Otter Discovery Programs and more.

Noon Years Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family-friendly countdowns, create and toast resolutions, make 2018 time capsules, Worcester Railers TRAX meet and greet, and participate in our Holiday School Vacation "Stories + STEM" educational programs. 

Midnight Moon Eclipse Party

Sunday, January 20-Monday, January 21

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

It's a total lunar eclipse! Gather with us at the museum to watch as the earth travels between the sun and the moon. Awaken your curiosity with telescope viewing, planetarium demonstrations, and plenty of late-night learning facilitated by EcoTarium educators, community partners, and NASA Solar System Ambassadors. To kick off this year's 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, join us in the wee hours and see the supermoon turn red!

General admission pricing:

Ecotarium members: Free

Adults: $18.00

Children / Youth: $14.00, ages 2-18; children under 2 are admitted free.

All coupons, discounts, passes, and reciprocity are accepted but must be purchased in person either in advance of on the night of the event.

Buy Tickets

Groups of 10 or more and are interested in our group rate, please call our reservation office at 508-929-2703 to purchase tickets. Group rates will not be available the night of the event.

Save the Date

A Night at the Museum

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Join us for our signature event for friends and supporters. This engaging evening among the stars will raise funds to continue to inspire museum guests with a passion for science and nature.

For information and tickets