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Address: 185 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609-1636
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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A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSSION OF US HISTORY

I have been familiar with the AAS for about 5 years. This is a great, great, great library and museum. Historic "everything" can be available both on line and in person. The AAS... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
BobbyP009
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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been familiar with the AAS for about 5 years. This is a great, great, great library and museum. Historic "everything" can be available both on line and in person. The AAS is a treasure in our own back yard.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

While this is primarily a research library, they do give a weekly guided tour of the facility, which is fascinating if you have any interest in history and the preservation of historical documents.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

American history is well rooted in Massachuettes and Worcester with it's American Antiquarian Society provides the physical documented proof for all to view. The general public has 1 day a week, with " tours and such " to view it's treasures. Historians, students, authors etc, are encouraged in requesting research time to persue their projects. "A must experiance" in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

After driving past this many times, finally found out how to take the tour. All I had to do was call. It was that simple and they told me when the next tour would happen. Very cool place.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Not open to the public but tours available when it is. Went quite a while ago but it was amazing. All the artifacs and the way they are preserved and the age of some documents is unbelievable. Call for dates and times it is open to the public. Well worth it.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

The AAS has the best collection of early American printed material in the world. On the tour you get to see the stacks, normally not open to the public, and what they do with the material. If you're interested in history or libraries like me it's really cool, but it may not be interesting to most people.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

If you're into historicalprinted material and history about America before 1876, this is definitely your place. You can go on a free tour for sure that's recommended as you don't get to see a whole lot without one. The building is just gorgeous and there are so many different things to look at. You definitely won't be disappointed!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a gem for anyone doing research in Worcester. They have the greatest collection of early American printed works anywhere.

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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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