Worcester Historical Museum

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General Information: 30 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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508-753-8278
Fax: 508-753-9070
E-mail: info@worcesterhistory.org
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No Smoking Handicap Accessible

Hours: Closed Sunday - Monday
10 AM-4 PM Tuesday - Saturday
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Interest Areas: History / Heritage

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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13 Upcoming Worcester Historical Museum Events
4/20/2020 11:00 AM POSTPONED/New Date TBD: Meet John Hancock 4/20/20  
4/22/2020 7:00 PM POSTPONED/New Date TBD - REVOLUTIONARY WORCESTER - MR. HANCOCK Lecture  
4/23/2020 5:30 PM POSTPONED/FALL DATE TBD: Worcester Exposed: Echoes from the Past 4/23/20 at Worcester City Hall  
4/25/2020 10:00 AM CANCELLED: REBELS to ROBOTS at Salisbury Mansion  
4/25/2020 10:00 AM POSTPONED/New Date TBD: Meet John Hancock at Salisbury Mansion 4/25/20 at Salisbury Mansion  
4/25/2020 1:00 PM POSTPONED/New Date TBD: See John Hancock's Trunk at Salisbury Mansion 4/25/20 at Salisbury Mansion  
4/30/2020 7:00 PM POSTPONED/New Date TBD: To The Wrongs That Need Resistance: The Uneasy Path to American Women's Suffrage  
5/16/2020 Walk the Streets of Revolutionary Worcester 5/16/20 at Salisbury Mansion  
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5/19/2020 - 9/1/2020 10:00 AM OPENING DATE TBD: Suppose Nobody Cared? 100 Years of the United Way of Central Massachusetts  
6/4/2020 7:00 PM Massachusetts in the Women Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers  
8/26/2020 12:00 PM Celebrate Worcester's 100th Anniversary of Suffrage Victory on City Hall Plaza at Worcester City Hall  
10/2/2020 5:30 PM The Harvey Ball  
10/29/2020 7:00 PM Opening Exhibition Preview/Reception of PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & Style  

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