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Worcester Historical Museum

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Worcester Historical Museum

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CDM49 wrote a review May 2019
Amarillo, Texas5,916 contributions601 helpful votes
Expected a larger museum so was a little surprised. We were in and out in less then one hour. The display of historical items was well organized depicting the local area. The staff was friendly and courteous welcoming us with a pleasant smile.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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daxmurphy wrote a review Feb 2019
Holden, Massachusetts353 contributions81 helpful votes
A Valentines Day treat to visit this local gem for the first time. Free February admission got my friend and me there but really, I’d gladly go back and pay the $5 admission. The museum entrance is on Elm St. but if you approach via Chestnut St. ( which is one way) free museum parking is available right behind the museum off of Chestnut. The museum is bigger than one might expect but cozy and intimate at the same time. The staff is friendly. There’s a place to hang your coat or use a free locker to stow your stuff. Between artifacts, photos, ideas and hands on exhibits the place is interesting and engaging. There were a few school classes there but they were super behaved, very interested and ..okay... I enjoyed listening to some of the teacher led talks. The museum is thoughtful and provides a loving yet real world view of Worcester’s history. The Legacy exhibit was a history of Water St.. it’s a treat for anyone who knew it as the bustling Jewish commercial center full of bakeries and delis. It becomes more important as Worcester continues its transformation into an amazing revitalization which necessitates changing some of these areas. From the stories of immigrants, merchants, capitalists, manufacturing workers, rising unions etc. the museum is relevant and thought provoking. Go when you can. I plan to return to check out the research library.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Sue L wrote a review Oct 2018
Worcester, United Kingdom39 contributions8 helpful votes
I visited Worcester, MA because I am from Worcester, England. This museum highlighted how important Worcester, MA was in terms of inventions and 'firsts'. However, I would have liked some clue as to whether Worcester, England citizens settled here and that's why it was called Worcester and what these first citizens did.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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thewelltraveledgal wrote a review Oct 2018
London, United Kingdom14 contributions10 helpful votes
this little museum is well-presented and offered something for everyone. My 12 year-old was well entertained by trying his hand at running a cafe at Mrs. B's Diner, submitting an invention to the patent process to learning about the origin of the yellow happy smiley face! This isn't just a museum for kids- I enjoyed the deploys and learned a little something about Worcester industry and its history. Worth a visit to learn a little more about Worcester town!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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DansTAReview wrote a review Oct 2018
Chelmsford, Massachusetts31 contributions11 helpful votes
The museum contains a room filled with informative facts about Worcesters history. Lots of artifacts and inventions created by former Worcester residents. Details about the city's important impact as an industrial center during the war. Worth the time and effort if you're interested in history for the city of Worcester and the surrounding area.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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