Museums & Galleries
38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed: Closed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 12:00 PM-8:00 AM
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
A sculptor displaying art for the very first time in public, a photographer hoping for inclusion in a juried exhibit, and a more established painter embarking on a solo exhibit, all find value in exhibiting at ArtsWorcester. The breadth of our membership pays artistic dividends. ArtsWorcester is known for its solo, small group, and juried exhibits of excellent local art. But we also produce three to four open-member exhibits each year, group shows in which every artist member is entitled to include an artwork. These open exhibits, unpredictable in content and size, showcase new talent, diverse approaches, and striking juxtapositions of media, theme, and form. Artists at all levels of their career come to these openings, celebrate their colleagues, welcome newcomers, and take inspiration from what others are making.
For audiences and collectors, ArtsWorcester provides a unique public good. Our gallery exhibits and openings have always been free and open to all. The wide range of prices set by our artists means that owning original works of art is within reach of most budgets. As access to art becomes more difficult to afford and maintain, we serve an increasingly important role to those who value it. Outside of our democratic virtues, we are a joyous and creative place.
To a city with deep historical roots, ArtsWorcester now contributes its own traditions. The annual College Show marks its eleventh anniversary this year, and the Biennial has run uninterrupted for three decades. We are proud to be part of Worcesters diverse arts community.
Visit, join, or just ask about the artists at work in this region. You are welcome here.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jul 15, "Dresses: Fight or Flight" by Alicia Dwyer
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jun 2, The Seventeenth ArtsWorcester Biennial
Friday, Jun 16, The Fifth Annual "One" Members' Exhibition - Opening Reception
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.
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
Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and outdoors, at the EcoTarium, New England's leading museum for science and nature. The museum includes three floors of interactive exhibits, the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through its forest and meadow, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal), and its newest outdoor interactive exhibit, Nature Explore®. Rain or shine, summer or winter, theres always something new happening at the EcoTarium. Group rates are available. The EcoTarium offers a year-round calendar of events and exhibits. Parking is free. Pets are prohibited by USDA.
Wednesdays, through Dec 20, Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 31, City Science: The Science You Live
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Oct 1, Bubbles!
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.
203 Union St., Clinton, MA 01510, 978-598-5000, 978-598-5000
Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Sat: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and the largest private collection outside of Russia. Spanning six centuries, it includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon writing to the present.
The Museum has several galleries displaying themed exhibitions from the permanent collection and rotating exhibits from venues worldwide. It also has a gift shop, Tea Room with Russian tea and snacks, and a state-of-the-art performance auditorium. The Museum offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, film series, lectures, concerts and performances and is available for group tours, school groups and private/corporate rentals.
For additional information about the museum, please visit the Museum website: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/
Through Sunday, Aug 13, Pop-Up Exhibit Opening: Icons of Ethiopia
Thursday, Jun 1, Film: Return of the Icon
Saturday, Jun 3, Family Day & Exhibit Opening: Fantastic Beasts in Iconography
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
Sun: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, Mon, Tue: Closed, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
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 "Make No Little Plans," an exhibit that introduces visitors to the founding and history of this special museum.
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 Wed-Sun in November 9:30 am - 4 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.
Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29, Wool Days
Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Jun 14 - Jul 9, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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.
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.
Sundays, Saturdays, through May 28, Sensory Play Opening Reception
Sundays, Saturdays, through May 28, Sensory Play - Open Gallery
Sundays, Saturdays, through Jun 4, CONTINUUM: 5 YEARS ON - Open Gallery
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.
Wednesdays, through Jun 28, Yoga by Nature
Fridays, through Jun 30, Family Storytime at Tower Hill
Sundays, through Jun 25, Sunday Afternoon Tour
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!
Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sep 1 - Aug 31, Helmutt on the Move
Through Sunday, Jul 9, Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection
Through Sunday, Oct 1, Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece
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.
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.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jun 3, Exhibition: From Our Studios
Saturdays, May 27 - Jun 10, Bonsai: From Pots to Plants
Thursday, Jun 15, Opening Reception- Nexus: Artists-in-Residence Show
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.
Thursday, Jul 27, Third Annual Stanley Kunitz Medal Award Ceremony
Saturday, Sep 9, Masquerade Gala