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EcoTarium is a unique blend of science museum, zoo and park in Worcester MA augmenting a traditional indoor museum with special opportunities. The museums three floors have interactive exhibits of permanent and traveling exhibits.

The museum has a wide variety of animal, many native ones rarely seen. Some may be seen face to face with public programs while others are exhibited in their natural habitat.

EcoTarium Tree Canopy Walkway
Here’s an exhilarating way for participants to experience life in the treetops. The walkway is a series of platforms and rope bridges suspended high above the ground in a grove of oak and hickory trees.

This special fabrication enables anyone from kids to adults to move from tree to tree as scientists in tropical and temperate forests around the world. This arrangement gives a fun, safe and educational introduction to the science of tree canopy for children as young as 5 years old. Tree canopy sessions are 30 minutes long starting each half hour.

Nature trails
Vibram Walking Trail
Vibram trail circles Lower Pond teaching how to read the environment. Why does a tree with multiple trunks, why laurel bushes are green year round, and watching Great Blue Heron on the shoreline? A Japanese style water pavilion is place near the pond as a point for refection.
Meadow Trail
Meadow trail is an example of a healthy southern New England meadow ecosystem with plants and wildlife working in harmony.
Timescape Trail
Timescape trail traces through thousands of year’s human history educating visitors about changing land use from agricultural to industrial changing of fields into neighborhoods over the past 100 years.

Alden Digital Planetarium
Images from Hubble Space Telescope and NASA are used to create a three dimensional solar system projected onto a 40-foot dome. Bose surround sound technology creates a 360-degree multisensory experience.

Museum Address
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA
Museum hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday noon – 5:00 PM
Tree Canopy walkway hours
June 24 to August 24
Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 AM to 12:30 and 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday 12:30 – 4:00 PM
May 24 – June 22
Saturday 10:30 AM to 12:30 and 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Admission fee
Museum admission
Adults - $14.00
Children/Youth 2-18 - $8.00
Seniors & College students - $10
Tree Canopy walkway admission
$10 + museum admission
Museum admission includes museum and grounds with free parking.
Pet are not permitted on grounds, museum or parked cars.
Planetarium admission
$5 + museum admission

The EcoTarium is a 5 ½ hour drive of 355 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 past Albany into Massachusetts to Worcester. Drive US 290 East exiting onto Plantation Street then turning left on Franklin Street and right on Harrington Way follow signs to the EcoTarium.

Here is one EcoTarium visitors comment
“It was refreshing to see the focus on an on-going appreciation for nature/the environment, supplemented by science. “

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