Eco Tarium Worcester
Where is it at?
222 Harrington Way
Tel: 508 929 2700
The museum is located at
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, Massachusetts 01604
Where are we going today?
The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, Mass. 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.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm.
EcoTarium offers a variety of innovative science and nature programs for teachers, students and youth. Whether you're a teacher looking for an educational field trip, an administrator implementing an inquiry-based approach to the natural and physical sciences, or a parent with a child or teen who loves exploring science and nature, the EcoTarium has plenty to offer. .
Our scenic grounds provide plenty of perfect picnicking spots. Sit under the umbrellas at the sunny Food Pavilion or spread out at a picnic table under a shady tree.
Food for Thought Cafe:
Vending machines inside the museum's Food for Thought Cafe are stocked with a selection of drinks and snacks, The Cafe offers an indoor lunchroom year-round.
Apple Spice Junction at the Food Pavilion is closed for the winter season..
Any Top Tips?
All aboard! Enjoy the ride on this one-third scale model of an 1860s steam engine, a favorite attraction for many of the EcoTarium's youngest visitors.
The 12-minute ride is a relaxing and fun way to travel around the museum grounds. Be sure to keep an eye out for a red fox -- and you might even catch a glimpse of Kenda the polar bear! Best of all, pass through a tunnel that elicits squeals of delight from young (and young at heart) passengers. $3 per person/$2 for members.
Doing our bit
On a visit to the EcoTarium, you'll encounter a wide variety of animals, from frogs to polar bears, chinchillas to turtles. You'll meet some of them face to face during public programs and visit others while they swim, relax and play in their habitats..
Need a little extra help?
The Alden Digital Planetarium:
Featuring Digital Light Processing technology from Sky-Skan, Inc., the EcoTarium's digital planetarium uses images from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope to create a three-dimensional solar system projected onto a 40-foot dome. With immerse surround sound technology from Bose, the planetarium offers a 360-degree, multi-sensory experience.
$5 per person (plus museum admission).
Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Session one (story and animal): 10:30 a.m.
Session two (same story and animal): 11:00 a.m.
Drop-in craft time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Free with museum admission.
Enjoy storytime, craft activities, live animals and more--all for little ones aged 3 and under.
Please note that this program is for families.
The Discovery Room:
The EcoTarium has a dedicated space for preschool-aged children and adults to play, create and investigate science and nature. .
Can I get one of those?
EcoTarium's Museum Store shelves are overflowing with unique treasures and fun gifts to fit all ages, interests and budgets. Come browse our menagerie of plush toys and puppets, nature-inspired jewelry, science kits, unusual trinkets and collectibles, children's books, field guides and plenty more..
The EcoTarium offers special events throughout the year, including an annual Earth Day Celebration, Great Pumpkin Fest and A Christmas Journey holiday program for young children..
What people are saying?
by Mark Kaufman
Hidden gem. Kids loved it. Great train ride for all. We will be back 4 sure.
by Evelyn Dube
Kids love it! Keeps their attention and entertains them..
by Michael Jacobson
Great time with a couple of 2 and 4 year olds. Fantastic hands-on activities and just the right size
by Sally Tadmor
we were hear with kids ages of 3 and 6, and we had a great time. the place is beautiful, very interesting exhibits and animals. a lot of outdoor space to hang around, and indoor activities. it is suitable for much bigger kids as well. we spent hours here, and the kids didn't want to leave.
by Ryan Merten
excellent nature and science center. Lots of space out side and a path aroudn the lake that is really quite quiet for its location, a small train, playground equipment, nice variety if local rescue animals, and a full science center inside.