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American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-1721
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Ranked #8 of 28 attractions in Worcester
Type: Museums
Most recent review
- Apr 12, 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A privilege to learn what use is made of letters, newspaper collections, thousands of printed items, their restoration and visit the temperature controlled stacks.

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This museum is only open at specific times but their treasures are great. Students and scholars can be found there and the staff is helpful and pleasant.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Excellent collection, staff is most helpful. One of the best collections of early American Newspapers and Broadsides in the U.S. Coverage is national, not all material is in the on-line catalog. If you are looking for something specific a call to the reference department may be helpful.

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I just want to add that this place used to offer a series of free lectures on certain Friday nights. I haven't gotten to one, but that looks like a very worthwhile activity. If you contact them they can tell you about the lectures; they may be only available during a certain time of year and only on select Friday... More

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Sheffield, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

I went here to do research. This is a rare place and repository of printed materials that were created before the Civil War. The current repository is the Library of Congress. The building is a small version of what Jefferson would have built. Access is limited to researchers.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

There are very interesting archives which can be seen on a tour. Many lectures are held here throughout the year. Famous writers are often to be heard here.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

An amazing step back into American history. The docent led tours are informative and give you an overview of the entire collection, which is normally only available to scholars. You are able to see real Colonial Era newspapers and journals - view archives and see documents being scanned. Very worthwhile for Adults, teens and older children. Not a tour for... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This very specialized library comprises one of the best collections in the country for scholars doing research on American history before 1876.

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