My family recently visited the EcoTarium in Worcester, MA. We’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time, so the boys were really excited when I told them that we were going. The EcoTarium, New England’s leading science and nature center, is a unique indoor-outdoor museum that offers visitors a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, and get hands-on with tons of family-friendly exhibits.
**Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to the EcoTarium in exchange for our honest review. As always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
Inside, the EcoTarium has three floors of interactive exhibits.
In addition to seasonal exhibits, the EcoTarium has many permanent exhibits including:
- African Communities
- Collections at the EcoTarium
- Curator’s Workshop
- Play on the Plaza
- Preschool Discovery Area
- Secrets of the Forest
- Water Planet
My boys are very hands on and really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits.
In addition to all the interactive displays at the museum, there are tons of animals that call the EcoTarium home. You’ll find Bald Eagles, a Chinchilla, an Emperor Scorpion, Frogs, a Giant African Millipede, a Giant Madagascan Hissing Cockroach (ew), Hawks, Hedgehogs, Lizards, Macaws, a North American Porcupine, Owls, a Red Fox, a River Otter, Salamanders, Snakes, a Striped Skunk, Turtles and a Virginia Opossum there.
The highlight of the day for my boys (all three of them) was this hurricane simulator. We spent a good long while getting blown to bits inside this thing.
Side note – if you ever get a chance to try one one, do it – it’s amazing to feel the force of those high winds.
Outside, while visiting the EcoTarium, you can stroll nature trails, play with interactive exhibits on the plaza or walk in the treetops.
The EcoTarium is set on 55 acres of land that includes woodlands, ponds and marshland, and meadow habitats.
The plaza, located at the museum’s main entrance, is fun for kids of all ages. There the kids can play some tunes on the Tube-A-Phone, which is a kid-sized sculpture that blends music, science, and art. You can investigate the science behind suds, at the splashy Bubbles! exhibit. Over at the Invention Space, you can make your own moving inventions on a giant gear board – a favorite with my guys. You can even challenge a friend (or your mom) to a game on a giant checkers set!
1. Tree Canopy WalkwayThe Tree Canopy Walkway offers a fun, safe and educational introduction to the science of the tree canopy. Kids as young as 5 can do it.
Ticket price: $10 (plus museum admission)/$8 EcoTarium members
2. The Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater
Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets and Information Desk on the day of your visit.
- $5 per person (plus museum admission)
- $4 per person for EcoTarium members
The EcoTarium is located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, MA, The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children (2-18), and $10 for seniors (65+) and students. Parking is free.
You can get more information about the EcoTarium here.