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.
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How much does it cost?
Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013
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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)
When can we go?
Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm.
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
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. <br/> <br/>Food for Thought Cafe: <br/>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. <br/> <br/>Food Pavilion: <br/>Apple Spice Junction at the Food Pavilion is closed for the winter season.