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Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
800-SEE-1830, 508-347-3362
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Sturbridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Educational Sites
Activities: Leisure education, Dining
Traveler Description: Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum where costumed interpreters help visitors to experience life in a New England town of the 1830's... more »
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149 reviews 149 reviews
65 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

On date day we visited the village. The place is a walk back in time. The docents are well able to demonstrate and explain what they do in the village. We spent 5 hours waling around and reading the signs. The gardens are perfect and show the love and care of the village.

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Lebanon, NH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited OSV recently, looking forward to the "going-back-in-time" experience. Perhaps I should mention here that I was born on and spent a great deal of my time growing up on a farm that was nearly as primitive in 1945 as was Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. Much of the atmosphere and exhibits brought a lot of... More

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Bergenfield, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have been to outdoor museums before, and not always with great success. OSV was better than most, likely due to the charming, affable staff. Almost everyone we talked with were knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging. My sons (19 and 21) felt that learning from the shopkeepers (pottery, cooper, tinsmith, printer and more) was the most intriguing part. The layout was... More

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Wantagh, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Expect to do a lot of walking but it's well worth it to see your kid's eyes light up, what an educational and fun experience.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

After being disappointed by Plymouth Plantation, we approached OSV with a degree of trepidation. We needn't have worried, OSV is an an attraction that will easily use a day of anyone with even a slightly inquisitive nature. With only one exception the people demonstrating the crafts and activities were very good and definitely knew their stuff, the exception being the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I don't know why we haven't brought our kids here before!! We all enjoyed it. We came on $5 Friday, so instead of $50 to get in, it cost only $20 for all of us. You can bring in lunch to eat there, or return to the car and get it and eat outside the gate. We did a lot... More

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Monroe, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A fantastic day spent walking the paths (River Walk, Woodland Walk & Pasteur Walk) & seeing the demonstrations of the early 1800's. The 15 min. boat ride was a pleasure . Taking the free horse-drawn ride was a nice change of pace. The costumed performers were well trained. Well worth the money $22 (each) with senior discount.

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New Rochelle, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Loved that kids were invited in for free during our August visit with each paying adult. Some of the nicest people working in character onsite. Loved opprtunity to go back within 10 days for free. We went next day. Nice activities for young kids including crafts for a nominal fee. Stagecoach ride was fun and reasonably priced at $3 per... More

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Brookfield, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is an amazing place, what they would call an ecomuseum in Europe. We visited with our children (8-11) and our parents. No one wanted to leave when the museum closed, so we bought a on year membership - even thought OSV is at least two hours from home. I think you'd need a full day or... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We brought our 17 year old son to New England and made a stop at OSV. It was a rainy day, but we enjoyed ourselves all the same. The houses and grounds are very nice and we enjoyed the rein-actors.

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