EcoTarium’s Alden Planetarium

EcoTarium’s Alden Planetarium 

After more than a year of renovations and technology upgrades, the Alden Planetarium at the EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature reopened in 2022 to the general public.

Experience the unexpected and discover the wonders of the universe and world at the EcoTarium’s planetarium. The Alden Planetarium has been completely renovated with state-of-the-art technology and new planetarium shows for the community. As the only central Massachusetts planetarium, they offer unique learning and programming opportunities for all.

Planetarium Shows

Passport to the Universe

Tom Hanks narrates a trip out through the solar system to the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole simulation.

Audience: All Ages. Best understood by 6+
Length: Approx 22 min

Tuesday – 1:30 pm
Wednesday – 3:30 pm
Thursday – 11:30 am
Friday – 1:30 pm
Saturday – 2:30 pm
Sunday – 11:30 am

Cosmic Adventure

Take a roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe; explore our galaxy and Solar System. Narrated by Nancy Cartwright of The Simpsons.

Audience: 4+
Length: Approx 20 min

Tuesday – N/A
Wednesday – N/A
Thursday – 3:30 pm
Friday – N/A
Saturday – 11:30 am
Sunday – 2:30 pm

EcoTarium Alden Planetarium

Unseen Universe

Discover the amazing places in the universe we can now see with new technology. It’s a look at cutting-edge telescopes and state-of-the-art optics.

Audience: 10+
Length: Approx 25 min

Tuesday – 3:30 pm
Wednesday – 1:30 pm
Thursday – 2:30 pm
Friday – N/A
Saturday – 1:30 pm
Sunday – 3:30 pm

EcoTarium Alden Planetarium

Habitat Earth

Discover what it means to live in a biologically connected world above and below the surface of the water. Explore the tallest trees to the tiniest fungi.

Audience: 7+
Length: Approx 25 min

Tuesday – N/A
Wednesday – 2:30 pm
Thursday – N/A
Friday – 2:30 pm
Saturday – 3:30 pm
Sunday – N/A

EcoTarium Alden Planetarium

CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story

Showcases the historical achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first man on the moon.

Audience: 7+
Length: Approx 26 min

Tuesday – 2:30 pm
Wednesday – N/A
Thursday – 1:30 pm
Friday – 3:30 pm
Saturday – N/A
Sunday – 1:30 pm

EcoTarium Alden Planetarium

One World, One Sky

Blast off with your friends from Sesame Street in Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu, their friend from China, as they explore the North Star and the Big Dipper and take an imaginary rocket to discover what games are like on the moon!

Audience: 2-7
Length: Approx 25 min

Tuesday – 11:30 am
Wednesday – 11:30 am
Thursday – N/A
Friday – 11:30 am
Saturday – 10:30 am
Sunday – 10:30 am

Planetarium Tickets: Are not included with general admission, please purchase planetarium tickets at the Information Desk at the museum.

Non-members – $7.00 per person
Members – $6.00 per person

EcoTarium Admission:
  • Adults: $19
  • Children 2 years: $14
  • Children under 2: Free
  • Seniors $15
  • Members: Free
EcoTarium Hours:
  • 10am-4pm
  • Closed Mondays

222 Harrington Way, Worcester MA 508-929-2700

Photo Credit: EcoTarium

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