Discover the EcoTarium, a unique indoor/outdoor museum dedicated to inspring a passion for science and nature in all of its visitors. Set in an urban oasis in the city of Worcester, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops and see the forest from a new perspective, learn about the night sky in the planetarium, even peer at the tiniest creatures through powerful microscopes. You’ll meet the creatures of New England’s forests and wetlands (and Worcester’s “native” polar bear), learn about the landscape as you stroll along easy trails, and find out what you can do to protect our natural resources. EcoTarium offers special events, exhibits, and programming year-round, from behind-the-scenes animal care adventures for kids to an annual Earth Day Festival to a summer jazz series.
EcoTarium is well rooted in the Worcester community as an organization dedicated to the study of science and nature. The private, non-profit institution was founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History and was incorporated in 1884 as the Worcester Natural History Society — EcoTarium's legal identity. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. The name change accompanied a major capital development program that has transformed the building and grounds into an accessible learning and discovery center for families.
In the late 1990s, EcoTarium expansion projects opened previously unseen corners of the museum and grounds to our visitors. Today, the museum has turned its focus to investing in new exhibits inside the museum building, exhibits that bring the wonder of science and nature to life inside the building.
EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Each year, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.
Your donations help:
Donations go towards the care of our animals, the creation and delivery of exhibits and public programming on science & nature topics, the creation and delivery of educational programs for schoolchildren, and general museum operations.
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