Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village
4.5
Educational sitesHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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A recreated New England village, with authentic period buildings, provides vistors with an intimate view of life in the early 1800s.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Gary W
    Wakefield, Massachusetts361 contributions
    NIght of Illumination
    Night of Illumination is an event in which the whole of the village is lit only by candle light in order to give the visitor an insight what it was like before the advent of electric light bulbs. We attended last night and as with all of the events we have attended it was wonderful. We were guided by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns; our only source of illumination save the gorgeous stars in the night sky. Each stop along the tour provided interesting information as well as a few surprises. Cookies, and cocoa as they would have been prepared in the mid 1800's, as well as a short but fabulous concert in the meeting house. At each stop there was always something new to add to our repertoire of information. Our final destination was the Bullard tavern where refreshments were provided. Served were 3 types of hearty soups, clam chowder, squash bisque and lamb stew. In addition ,there were chicken sliders. For dessert there was gingerbread with crystalized ginger and cider donuts. Soft drinks were also provided and mixed drinks reflective of the time period were being created as guests watched. In the dining room tables were pushed to the walls and period dancing was taking place with both visitors and costumed staff participating. All this was set solely by candle light. This was an event which only could be accessed by members. As with the other events in which we have participated, we were delighted. Only one flaw, the group in which we were placed was huge and all of the group members agreed that it would have only enhanced the experience great deal if the groups were much smaller. Hopefully this will be the case next year.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Juls
    Nashville, Tennessee2 contributions
    New England’s Williamsburg
    We learned a dance from the 1830s with 6-10 other tourists, saw lambs jumping 2 feet in the air, enjoyed hearing music played on instruments unique to the time period, watched maple syrup being made in stages and saw a printing press among so many other activities and sights. We went to Williamsburg last year and it was so interesting to see the progress in civilization from 1775 to 1830 (the time period of this village.). Also, to see the difference between the South and North in this time period. We loved this experience. It is worth the drive from Boston for tourists :-) I enjoyed it more than the Freedom Trail only because it was so much less hurried and less stressful. We came to New England on our Spring Break (March in the South.) I highly suggest visiting New England “off-season” if you can. There were hardly any crowds and still snow in the ground for us. My kids loved it.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Nikko4Me
    Milford, Massachusetts5,910 contributions
    Visit During Patriot's Day Weekend!!!!!
    In addition to seeing all the exhibits of OSV, Patriot's Day weekend has some great opportunities to see reenactors portraying troops during the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, and World War II. We did not realize when we went but glad to view all these informative demonstrations!! Seeing all the animals, especially the young lambs was fun!! Definitely a great place to visit with families!!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 15, 2023
  • olivias33
    Southampton, New York240 contributions
    Living History at its best!!
    There are all different kinds of buildings around the property that show what life was like in those days. There are also a couple of farm areas and a museum by the visitor's center. The interpreters do a nice job explaining what they're doing in the buildings that they are assigned to. There is a schedule with events that are going on each day. They have a horse and carriage that takes you from one end to the other end and back. The guy that drives it stops and explains to you the history of some of the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Shane b
    Maine254 contributions
    Neat place to visit
    Our recent visit to old Sturbridge Village was quite nice. I had not been Sturbridge Village for about 15 years and it has expanded quite a bit since then it seems. The staff was very knowledgeable and explained many of the different buildings to us as far as where they came from and what they represent in the village. I deftly recommend old Sturbridge Village to families and/or just adults.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Christian P
    218 contributions
    A good visit
    The was our first stop on our vacation in central MA. It was laid out well with many timeless treasures (items and buildings). We were able to visit at half price because they were setting up for American Roadshow; It would seem to be overpriced (value/price if full price). Adult admission is $30. There were 2 areas where there were demonstrations-there probably could have been more. However, the history and explanations here were helpful in traveling back in time!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • TomKnedler
    Durham, Maine3 contributions
    Great Time
    We had a wonderful time. It had been over 30 years since we were there last. Alot has changed and for the better. Location is very close to a lot of restaurants and shops. We stayed at the IHG hotel, and it was very nice as well. We had made arrangements to go, but COVID shut the world down. It was great to get away.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • rpl170192016
    Maryland, New York133 contributions
    As Memorable as Ever
    My first visit in many years: the village retains all the charm and depth of history I recall from my visits as a student and then as a teacher. It was not crowded and so we were able to explore without much waiting or lines. Staff were helpful, informative and well-versed in their crafts or roles.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Windygnf
    660 contributions
    Look to the Past
    Visiting Old Sturbridge Village was fun and informative. Had been here about 30 years ago with children but going with an adult friend this time allowed us to wander, visit with staff and read about the village. Would like to give a shout out to Gloria, Pat and Edward.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • renfieldee
    6 contributions
    Phantoms by Firelight a great evening of history and wonder
    This was my second trip to Old Sturbridge, and did not disappoint. The Phantoms by Firelight program is a combination of history about death/grief practices as well as performances by fire/acrobat/contortionists in a human circus of historical entertainment. The team at Sturbridge are wonderful, the decorations and music in the covered bridge are spooky fall fun (particularly on Friday the 13th), and the evening flies by. The wake and the demonstration of hair art as remembrance were touching. If you have to choose between the Christmas and Halloween programs, I would go with the Christmas experience as all the buildings were open and staffed, there were more demonstrations of crafts, and better food/dinner options (Christmas had a full dinner service, but Phantoms only had soup/wrap options). The parts that were open for Phantoms were great, but I was bringing a guest who had not been and felt we missed out on more of the history this time. As a second visit, it was fantastic and the special performers were absolutely top notch and amazed the crowds. Go and support this great organization as often as you can--it is a rare treasure and a place to make memories.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
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Corey W
Enfield, CT1 contribution
Aug 2020
Normally this is a great place to visit. But I'm not sure what happened the day we went to Old Sturbridge Village, but other than the ticket takers there was only one other employee we spotted with 2 trips around the village. She was the entirety of the outside "displays" and it was just a woman sitting in a rocking chair speaking to 2 other people. We only saw 3 other groups of patrons, (2 couples and a trio), so perhaps this was the reason the park looked absolutely closed. Of course the building which were one of the main attractions to the park were unfortunately closed off from both entering and viewing. We could have had the same experience were we to simply drive on by. It felt like spending $60 to go to Six Flags but they had all the rides closed. But you know...you can look at the rides. As long as you don't get too close that is. Avoid this place until we're past the pandemic. This is currently just a money grab.
Written August 7, 2020
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We're so sorry that you were disappointed by your most recent experience! We acknowledge that current circumstances are not ideal but we are working to adapt to current safety measures from the state. We'd love to make this right - please contact us at visitorcenter@osv.org to discuss how we can do that. We hope you will give us another chance in the future.
Written September 16, 2020
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Joanne123!!!
Rockv5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The storyteller was fabulous, I highly recommend attending her lively stories. The music performances were a little lacking though - I have been to other historical villages and the few they had were just OK. The 4 PM opportunity to go here and try the instrument was pretty great, I recommend the village continues that. The children’s activities were well planned and had nothing to do even on a weekday. The build your own board game activity was very affordable and fun.
Written June 15, 2022
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Thank you for visiting and for your honest feedback! We appreciate your insights and hope you will visit again sometime.
Written July 7, 2022
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EEJ
Sarasota, FL11 contributions
Sep 2021
We were recently at old Sturbridge village (End of September 2021) and it was not worth the trip or money. We saw 3 exhibits. And that was it. The restaurant in the village was open, but no carriage rides, animals were laying around, a few buildings were open with description of what happened in the building, lots of closed buildings, including the General store, the gift shop was open but everything else was closed. People at the open exhibits were dressed in period clothing and some running around, but that was the extent of it. We were disappointed. Hopefully it will come back to what it use to be. The bathrooms were clean.
Written October 5, 2021
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LKennedy23
Schertz93 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
This historically accurate living history museum is a treat for all ages. The grounds are impeccably kept and truly beautiful. The costumed historians demonstrate the life skills and trades appropriate to the 1830s. They are highly engaged with visitors and share a great depth of knowledge. I was particularly impressed with the historians. They offered a wealth of information while truly connecting/engaging with visitors of all ages. They had wonderful people skills!

There were a few exhibits that were undergoing necessary maintenance, so if a particular building or trade is of interest, you may want to call in advance to make sure that exhibit is open.

There is a small cafeteria style restaurant and a gift shop for souvenirs (some made on site) but no blatant commercialization which is a treat as the village's authenticity and charm is not compromised.

In sum, a great place to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults will enjoy!
Written July 17, 2021
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Matthew S
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA126 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We were reluctant to go hearing some exhibits were limited or moved outdoors due to Covid rules but it was Great! Most of the buildings are functioning with actors making candles, barrels, shoes, blacksmithing, pottery, etc. Sone outside some inside but you can look in. The actors are great and explain their crafts and answer questions. Best thing was the horse drawn carriage around the village - the driver was an awesome tour guide tells you about each building/structure along the way. Jump on and off as you want at stops. My kids aged 4-13 each enjoyed.
Written January 16, 2021
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Thank you for visiting during these uncertain times and for your understanding! Current circumstances are far from ideal, but we are trying to make the best of it. We are glad that you and your kids enjoyed your visit and hope you will come again sometime.
Written January 26, 2021
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NorthernTrails
New York22 contributions
Oct 2021
Sturbridge Village is a delight and did not disappoint. There are many buildings to visit with staff dressed in period costumes who are extremely knowledgable and forthcoming. We took the horse drawn carriage which was a lovely way to tour the village, as well as our own walk about. We did not eat at the restaurant, but it appeared to be quite reasonable and had indoor and outdoor seating areas. It was a beautiful autumn day for our visit and the grounds are just so lovely - included is a beautiful body of water, waterfall and covered bridge. I just had a great time.
Written October 7, 2021
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wardgarner
Castro Valley, CA616 contributions
May 2022
This is a great place to visit and learn. A place for young and old alike. The docents are dressed in period clothes. They are very knowledgeable and anxious to share stories about how it was to live in those times. The map you get when you buy your tickets is very helpful. It not only gives you directions around the village, but there is also a brief description of each building you will visit. You will want to take your time. You can easily spend a minimum of 3 hours, and you can spend even more time. There is one "restaurant" that has a very limited menu. The food is just okay. But you can also bring your own lunch.
Written May 26, 2022
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BFinkel
12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I thought this was going to be amazing. But #1, it is SO overpriced! $30 and thats $10 MORE than you have to pay to see original Norman Rockwell paintings at that museum in Stockbridge! And then I thought the very short but quaint horse and carriage ride was free w admission, but NOT, that's the BUCKBOARD rough ride for getting around, the "stagecoach" carriage was $4 PER PERSON for about 7 minutes. The shops were all overpriced wares, most of which you could buy at any tourist trap. Their ugly in-house pottery looked like something from a 70's garage sale. I left half-way thru. And one old "character" there just made things up as she went along. It was embarrassing and a waste of money. Horrible.
Written August 22, 2023
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Darren
Minnesota33 contributions
Oct 2022
Old Sturbridge Village provides a good glimpse into the life of colonial New England. The buildings are well taken care of and provide a view into both home as well as farm life in the colonies. I would allocate at least 2-3 hours to get through most items but one could easily make a full day if they desired. I did think the admission was a bit on the high side ($28/adult) but maybe there is more going on during the peak season. We attended in the fall so some of the village's attractions might have been scaled back a bit.
Written October 12, 2022
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Katherine C
132 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beautiful historic village in western Massachusetts! I hadn't been in 15-20 years so I was excited to come back as an adult. We went on a hot summer day (88 degrees!) and there were still lots of spots in the shade. The village has lots of interactive games and stations for kids. They also have horse drawn carriage rides and hiking trails. We ended up walking almost three miles!

The one disappoint was that the River ride was not operating. We were really looking forward to that one, especially on a hot summer day! Hopefully that comes back soon!

Re Covid safety precautions: As of June 2021, masks were still required for any of the inside areas even if you are vaccinated. You could take your mask off as you walked around outside!
Written June 27, 2021
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