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American Antiquarian Society

Address: 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone Number: (508) 471-1721
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Worcester
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Type: Museums, Cultural
Hours:
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of American printed material from the 16th century thru the mid 19th century. It is the primary resource library for historical research for this period. It is open to the public one day a week, for tours, Wednesdays at 3 PM. But it also holds regular evening lectures given by world famous... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I've only recently started going to the Antiquarian Society after over thirty years of living in Worcester. They have a fall and a spring speakers series that are free for the public. It is a beautiful building much in the style of Jefferson's Monticello sitting on the corner of Salisbury and Park. The speakers are for the most part researchers/academics/fellows... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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