Museums

EcoTarium

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-929-2700
Sun: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
New England's leading science and nature center, the EcoTarium is an indoor-outdoor experience designed to inspire a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center offers a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad.

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Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
Old Sturbridge Village is a "must-see" destination to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. One of the country's largest living history museums, OSV has a large staff of costumed interpreters, 59 historic buildings on 200 acres.

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505, 508-869-6111
Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
A year-round living display of blooming plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, tropicals, and more. With a panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett region, walking trails, gift shop, and cafe.

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Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-4406
Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon, Tue: Closed, Wed: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thu: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, Fri: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
where art celebrates life

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Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of WHMs holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcesters industrial past including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcesters only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s appearance and one of the best documented historic houses in New England. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.

Worcesters history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours and publications. WHM features both permanent installations and changing exhibitions.

Find out what Worcester was like in centuries past in the library's reading room. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The Library and Museum are open until 8:30 PM, every 4th Thursday of the month.

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