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Museums & Galleries

38 Franklin Street

38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed: Closed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 12:00 PM-8:00 AM

ArtsWorcester

660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, 508-755-5142
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Sat: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Established in 1979, ArtsWorcester exhibits the works of new and established artists, offers professional development for members, and cultivates audiences and collectors. We contemporary local art through free gallery exhibits and openings.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jun 30, "Agglomeration" by Megan McNaught and Luke Buffenmyer
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jul 8, "Random Payoffs" by Bob O'Donnell
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 30, "The Sixteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial"

College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610-2395, 508-793-3356
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
The Mission of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery is to promote and to support the intellectual and cultural life of College of the Holy Cross. Through its exhibitions and acquisitions, both historical and contemporary, the Gallery serves as a catalyst for the search for meaning and value in life and history, and as a venue to stimulate dialogue about questions related to the Mission of the College. The Cantor Gallery has special responsibility for integrating the liberal arts values of the College and the classroom by linking exhibitions to the broader curriculum. Through Gallery exhibitions, Holy Cross educates members of the College community, the Worcester community, and the larger community of scholars and artists about the fundamental intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic issues encountered through art. Traveling exhibitions, loan exhibitions, exhibitions of the permanent collection or of site-specific works are selected according to the guiding principles of the Gallery. Similarly, acquisitions for the permanent collection are made on the basis of a work's role in supporting the Mission of the Gallery and the College.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 22, Senior Concentration Seminar Exhibition 2015: X

EcoTarium

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-929-2700
Sun: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Set in an urban oasis of woodlands and wetlands, EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum that allows adults and children to discover firsthand the wonders of science and the natural world. Three floors of interactive exhibits, wildlife habitats, nature trails, and a digital planetarium are designed to inspire a passion for science and nature. Meet live animals, stroll interpretive trails, ride the train, or walk among the treetops 40 feet above ground. Seasonal outdoor café and Museum Store located on-site. With three levels of exhibit floors (available for rent after 5pm for up to 250 guests), EcoTarium offers a year-round calendar of events and exhibits, including the Live at Sunset outdoor concert series in June and July. Parking is free. Pets are prohibited by USDA.
Wednesdays, through Dec 16, Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 15, Game Play
Sunday, May 10, Mother's Day at the EcoTarium

Gallery of African Art

62 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510, 978-265-4345, 978-598-5000x12
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, Thu: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, Sat: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
The Gallery of African Art is primarily a museum with an educational display of a unique, private collection representative of various regions, tribes and traditions of the African continent. The gallery encompasses a diverse collection of more than 600 African tribal masks, figures, sculpture and artifacts crafted in stone, wood, clay and bronze, spanning 32 tribes, including Dogon, Baule, and Bamana art.

Like African art in general, Lanktons collection emphasizes the human figure, visual abstraction, sculpture and the representative accouterments of ceremonial performance art.

For now, access to the Gallery is located at the back of the Sunrise Boutique located in Clinton's buzzing commercial district at 62 High St.

Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union St., Clinton, MA 01510, 978-598-5000, 978-598-5000x17
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed: 11:00 AM-3:00 AM, Thu: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Fri: 11:00 AM-3:00 AM, Sat: 9:00 AM-3:00 AM
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection includes more than 700 Russian icons, the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. The collection spans six centuries, and includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon writing to the present.

The Museum has several galleries displaying various themed exhibitions from the permanent collection and often features art from renowned venues worldwide. It also has a library, gift shop, Tea Room (cafe), and a state-of-the-art performance auditorium. The staff schedules a wide variety of classes, workshops, film series, lectures, concerts and performances. The Museum is available for group tours and private/corporate rentals.

For additional information about the museum, please visit the FAQ page on the Museum website: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/about/the-
museum/faq/

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Sep 12, Byzantium to Russia
Saturday, May 9, Traditional Russian Tea
Friday, Jun 5, Take It to the Curator

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
A visit to Old Sturbridge Village is a journey into the past during a very special period of our nation's history! In the years 1790-1840 a new nation took shape. In rural towns across New England, ordinary people worked to better their lives, build strong communities, apply new technologies, and define the meaning of democracy.

Year-round, you'll discover the allure of history with all five senses at one of America's finest museums. Expanded learning and hands-on opportunities for all ages are offered throughout the museum, which features a re-created rural 1830s New England town set on a historical landscape encompassing a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside.

The museum's new, indoor History Gateway, in the Visitor Center, includes "Kidstory" early learning gallery -- making connections with the Village for children and their families -- and "Icons of New England," a new interactive exhibit that introduces visitors to the history behind what makes New England the unique region that it is!

Also offered are "A Child's Life" in the Fitch House; meet the animals; children's dooryard, schoolyard, and indoor games; role-playing at the District School; as well as historical characters, walks, talks, and performances. Hands-on craft activities, artist- and craftsperson- in-residence programs, adult and multi-generational craft workshops, and spectacular seasonal events are planned throughout the year!

The Shops at Old Sturbridge Village (across from the Visitor Center) house an award-winning Museum Gift Shop, the New England Bookstore, and a Bake Shop. Village admission is not required for The Shops at OSV or the Herb Garden adjacent to the Gift Shop.

Open daily April to October 9:30 am - 5 pm. Open year round; Call for fall, winter, and spring hours. Village hours and admission rates change by season; visit our Web site or call 800-SEE-1830 to confirm.

Through Friday, Jan 15, 2016, Kindred Spirits: A.B. Wells, Malcolm Watkins, and the Origins of Old Sturbridge Village
Sunday, May 10, Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village
Wednesday, May 13, Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village

Salisbury Mansion

40 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609-2704, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed: Closed, Thu: 1:00 PM-8:30 PM, Fri, Sat: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
The Salisbury Mansion was built in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury I and is recognized as a major historical resource. It is one of the few remaining 18th century buildings in Worcester and is one of the most documented houses in New England. The home has been restored to re-create the home life of the Salisbury Family in the 1830s.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 31, Tours of Salisbury Mansion
Saturday, Jun 6, Worcester Historical Museum's Annual Yard Sale

Sprinkler Factory

38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA 01605

The mission of the Sprinkler Factory Gallery is to provide an accessible venue to nurture and promote the visual arts community of Worcester. We host exhibitions once a month, curated, organized and installed by our guest exhibitors. What makes the Sprinkler Factory unique is that our guest exhibitors are encouraged to take ownership of their exhibitions, including inviting other guest artists for group shows, production of promotional materials, organizing the details of opening and closing receptions, open gallery days, artist talks, hanging, installing and lighting. Our exhibitions do include individual solo shows, group shows, collectives, guilds, universities and many other associations.

By providing nearly 3000 square feet of exhibition area and over 160 feet of wall length and virtually no size limits for sculpture, installations and wall art, the Sprinkler Factory is uniquely capable of providing a massive, centrally located, always free and open to the public venue for the visual arts in Worcester. In addition to our ongoing monthly exhibits we are currently in discussions to expand the gallery and open up additional space for other fields in the arts.

As with all exhibitions visitors can enjoy the ambiance of the Sprinkler Factory with its high ceilings, long walls and ample natural light. Located in the former Rockwell Sprinkler Co building on Harlow St, the Sprinkler Factory is an excellent venue to appreciate artwork by many of Worcester's favorite local artists. Openings are an opportunity to engage with the artists and network with the community which often serves as a catalyst for future collaborations in the arts.

In addition to a gallery space, the Sprinkler Factory building is home to a wide range of artist studios used for painting, sculpture, print making, glass, ceramics, jewelry, music, dance, education, workshops, demonstrations, and much more. The Sprinkler Factory gallery and the creative community of the Sprinkler Factory are a part of the Artist Group of the Sprinkler Factory (AGSF Inc.) a registered nonprofit organization.

Saturday, May 9, Spring Open Studio 2015
Saturday, May 9, climbing trees, making forts, a family debris installation by lisa barthelson (Opening Reception)
Sundays, Saturdays, May 10 - Jun 6, climbing trees, making forts, a family debris installation by lisa barthelson (Open Gallery)

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505, 508-869-6111
Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
A year-round display of blooming plants, featuring two conservatories filled with flowering subtropical plants in winter, citrus and palm trees, seasonal displays, and special events. Distinctive gardens showcasing more than 350 varieties of trees and shrubs in the Lawn Garden alone, along with evergreens and fruiting plants, woodland trails, meadows, gift shop, library, café. Dozens of educational and artistic programs for adults and youths, some eligible for college credit. Open Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm and holiday Mondays. Twigs Cafe serves lunch 11am-3pm. Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Guided Tour every Sunday at 2pm. Horticultural Hotline operates on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm for gardening questions. Call the telephone number or sign on to the website for details and directions; group rates available.
Tuesdays, through May 19, Home Horticulture Series, Sponsored by Massachusetts Master Gardener Association
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, through Jun 30, Library Exhibit: Women in Horticulture Hall
Saturdays, through May 9, Qigong Tai Chi for Beginners - Session 1 (6 Weeks)

Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-4406
Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon, Tue: Closed, Wed: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thu: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, Fri: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Worcester Art Museum features must-see masterpieces. Experience a diverse world of art and ideas as the history of human creativity comes alive through antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and decorative arts. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum's many other treasures. Special exhibitions showcase seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan.

Enjoy a delectable lunch in The Museum Café, browse The Museum Shop for unique gifts and check out our latest Classes Brochure for a current list of youth, teen and adult class and workshop offerings plus our Travel Learning program.

The Museum makes available, on a rental basis, the use of our unique architectural spaces and galleries. Wedding receptions, ceremonies, holiday parties, meetings. Visit us online or call 508.799.4406, x3077 or e-mail Special Events for more information.

We look forward to your visit!

Through Thursday, Dec 31, Art Since the Mid-20th Century
Through Sunday, Sep 20, Africa's Children of Arms
Through Sunday, May 24, Uncanny Japan: The Art of Yoshitoshi

Worcester Artist Group

50 Lagrange Street, Worcester, MA 01605, 508-769-7723
The Worcester Artist Group was founded in 1987 and is housed in the Village Arts. The Worcester Artist Group promotes visual and performance arts throughout the greater Worcester area.

Worcester Center for Crafts

25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA 01605, 508-753-8183
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Worcester Center for Crafts is a unique destination providing the largest regional visual arts gallery, a gallery gift store, and studios for contemporary American craft education.

The George and Anna Krikorian Gallery is over 2,200 square feet. It's mission is to exhibit prominent visual artists from around the United States, to educate and enrich the public about the nature crafts and craftmanship, and to encourage the use of hand made objects in daily life.

The Center for Crafts also hosts a number of events each year including the Annual Festival of Crafts over Thanksgiving weekend and the Annual Pottery Invitational Show and Sale every April.

Through Saturday, May 30, I'll Be Your Mirror
Saturday, May 9, Sculpting Anatomical Studies
Saturday, Jun 6, Down to Earth: Clay and Nature

Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of WHMs holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcesters industrial past including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcesters only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s appearance and one of the best documented historic houses in New England. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.

Worcesters history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours and publications. WHM features both permanent installations and changing exhibitions.

Find out what Worcester was like in centuries past in the library's reading room. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The Library and Museum are open until 8:30 PM, every 4th Thursday of the month.

Through Thursday, Dec 31, In Their Shirtsleeves
Through Thursday, Dec 31, Stories They Tell
Through Thursday, Dec 31, Alden Family Gallery

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