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“From Kennedy to Kent State in memory's eyes”

Worcester Art Museum
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Worcester
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Owner description: This central Massachusetts museum houses a collection that includes works by European and American artists as well as Asian, Greek and Roman art.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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336 reviews
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“From Kennedy to Kent State in memory's eyes”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

On a cold January Sunday eight Sixties Survivors drove from Cape Ann to Worcester to take in the photography exhibit: From Kennedy to Kent State. You see, for natives of eastern Massachusetts, a trip to Worcester can almost be classified as a foray into the Midwest, which officially begins in Albany.
Our motivation was to have some a little adventure before folks headed off for winter respites in warmer climates. On arrival, we found ourselves in a beautiful neighborhood with ample street parking. We gladly paid the reasonable senior admission and entered the impressive main gallery and then the show. The photos were aligned along the gallery walls, while several "booths" provided space for watching short videos on 60's culture and style. My favorite was a small alcove reserved for a review of TV game shows including "Queen for a Day"! I recalled watching the tear-jerking contestants vie for a Maytag washer and the privilege of walking down a proscenium with a crown....but no serenade by Bert Parks.
The portraits of the decade were not unfamiliar, but aligned as a history lessons, had an emotional impact. From the odd ogling of Marilyn Mansfield's decoletee by Sophia Loren (1959) to the iconic photos of Birmingham, Vietnam, Dallas, and the Ed Sullivan debut of the Beatles, the quick immersion in time recalled by adolescent years, with joys, trauma, angst, and the despair of the assignations of John, Robert, and Martin, the anti-war demonstrations, and Woodstock. I could feel the humidity in the little house in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where Peace Corps companions sat dumbstruck at the news of Kent State, then cracked another "Salva Vida".
Collectively, and individually we recalled the times. Before leaving the museum, my husband checked out Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup, another icon, and we indulged in some shopping in the small but nicely outfitted store.
We left with plans to return to this museum. Unfortunately, one of the cars we came in was broken into....for the theft of an old cell phone negligently left on the front seat. A sad sign of current times.
Nevertheless, with a little caution, a trip to "WAM" is a "heck of a take in" .

Visited January 2013
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“Lots of Bang for the Buck”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Worcester Art Museum is a relatively small museum that packs a lot in a small space. The collection of works is extraordinary for a small city. Of course it does not compete with the MFA in Boston, but it does a great job for its size. To my mind, the best thing about the museum is its ability to attract and/or assemble unusual special exhibits.Some will appeal more than others,but my experience with them has been nothing short of awesome.

The Art Museum has a terrific lunch cafe if you plan to be there at that time. The food is casual, elegant is its preparation and tastes terrific.

Aside from displaying fine art, the Museum is also home to a rich art education program that includes instruction in photography and Photoshop, painting in its various media, sculpture, cartooning, animation, and more.

Visited December 2012
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Uk
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“A little gem”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

A lovely little museum containing many hidden treasures which are beautifully displayed,helpful staff make this a visitor friendly experience,the huge roman mosaic floor is a must see

Visited July 2012
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Wonderful exhibits- you don't have to travel to New York or Boston to absorb some culture. Especially good for kids, it's not too big for a day trip.

Visited December 2012
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Boston
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“A great find”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

About an hour away from Boston, this is a hidden gem. It's small enough to see msot of what is on display in one visit. And it's free beween 10 and noon on the first Saturday of the month. Some lovely pieces - the highlight were mosaics from Antioch, dating to the 3rd century AD. The museum helped fund their excavation in the 1930s. Great Roman sculptures, and a lovely collection of Chinese vases. The small cafe is a little pricey but the food was really good.

Visited January 2013
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