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Address: 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone Number: (508) 471-1721
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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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Historic Gem

The AAS is one of the most elegant library experiences that can be had...and featuring the world's largest collection of pre-1876 printed Americana. Don't forget to ask to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The AAS is one of the most elegant library experiences that can be had...and featuring the world's largest collection of pre-1876 printed Americana. Don't forget to ask to see the revolutionary era printing press of Isaiah Thomas, perhaps the most important newspaper man of the 1770's...

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We popped in here on a rainy Monday afternoon, and thought that we would be permitted to wander around the building. NO !!!!! All we were allowed to do, was look through the glass doors into their library, visit a small side room with exhibits and a tiny (but interesting) Gift Shop, and talk to the very nice volunteer at... More 

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Decades ago I was a fellow and I've visited the Society several times since. It's a wonderful place for scholars and those interested in studying America before 1876. A perfect place… the staff offer expertise that is unsurpassed. Thank you!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A great place for scholars of American History and culture. Millions of issues of newspapers and hundreds of thousands of primary sources for the serious scholar. Holds lots of public lectures and has fellowships for visiting researchers.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Pick a time in history and a subject that interests you. Ask to see what they have. You'll be amazed. You can spend an hour or a week here.

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I hadn't been to the Antiquarian Society since I was a teenager, when I attended a writing award reception. Returning now as a writer and teacher, I was amazed that I had not frequented the place in-between those two moments in time. It was a privilege to be screened for the entry process, receive a card, and enter the building... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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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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