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Admissions & Ticketing

We are excited to welcome our community back! Guest Services staff are standing by to assist you with membership, renewals, and all your retail purchasing needs. Your continued support helps us as we fulfill our mission, deliver programming, and care for our animal ambassadors. Thank you!

As part of our Phase 1 reopening planECHO Museum will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, from 10 am to 3 pm. Starting on Friday, July 10, ECHO will regularly be open Fridays thru Mondays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Timed tickets are REQUIRED and available for two slots: 10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm for fast and contactless entry. ECHO facilities will be closed for cleaning from 12 – 1 pm. To ensure safety and respect for all of our visitors, we ask you to please be on time.

Admission prices are reduced: Members, Kids 17 and under are free and Adults $12. 

What’s Open

ECHO exhibits and experiences will look different when you arrive. Open experiences include:

  • Aquaria and animal exhibits on main and upper levels
  • Free movies and animal demos in Lakeside Hall
  • STEM cafe with science demos and take-home engineering challenge kits
  • Shadow Box Light Play Experience in the Theater space
  • Energy Commons outdoor art and science exhibits
  • Outdoor deck
  • Museum Store
  • Healthy Living Cafe

What’s Currently Closed

These spaces are not YET open due to cleaning and social distancing requirements:

  • Champ Lane
  • Theater Films (please note that we have created space a Shadow Box Light Play experience in the space)
  • Return of the Butterflies 

Also note that the Action Lab, Sea Tank, Beluga Dig, a big portion of upstairs is under construction as we build a new ECHO for you! Two exciting and engaging spaces are being designed—Awesome Forces and Engineer It—to open Winter 2020-21.

Guest Expectations

In accordance with the safety measures set by the Governor, please:

If you’re sick, stay home. Self-isolate if you have a fever or cough, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. To ensure safety of staff and visitors, individuals exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be refused entry. Also for out-of-state visitors please visit here for state of Vermont guidelines.

Stay six feet away from everyone. Unless a family or group arrives together, all guests must remain at least six feet apart.

Cloth face coverings required for guests over the age of 10. Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth. 

Restrooms are available for ECHO guests only and access will be restricted to one family at a time.

Water Fountains will not be available.

Safety Measures in Place

ECHO has be following mandatory safety standards that were put forward by the state of Vermont and the Governor and will continue to adhere best practices to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus at all times. 

  • All staff will be wearing protective equipment including masks
  • We will conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout the building
  • For more info about our cleaning practices, go to our Staying Healthy web page.
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