Steeped in history and culture, the region offers a variety of interesting museums and galleries
Not surprisingly, North Central Massachusetts is an area rich in history and culture with a variety of museums and galleries that celebrate its past and its current cultural offerings. The Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collections include the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams, John James Audubon and John Singer Sargent. The Museum of Russian Icons’ current and upcoming exhibitions include “Artists for Ukraine” and costume pieces and playbills from international performances of “Swan Lake.” The Fruitlands Museum features 210 acres of walking trails and buildings celebrating Shaker, Native American and New England art. Gallery Sitka is a woman-run art gallery that focuses on abstract art. Student art is displayed at the Hammond Art Gallery at Fitchburg State University. - Read more about North Central Mass. here!
Museum noted for vast, varied collections and, now, new ways of viewing art
Since it first opened its doors in1896, the Worcester Art Museum has been amazing visitors with its vast collections, now encompassing 38,000 objects from around the globe and from ancient to modern times. With newly imagined ways of presenting art and engaging visitors, the museum continues to delight, from newly reinstalled medieval galleries with an expanded arms and armor collection to modern ways of looking at Old Masters. Visitors can contribute “alternative labels” to different works via iPads, create their own art on community days or just stroll through galleries featuring the contributions of Paul Revere and stunning Japanese folding screens. Upcoming exhibit topics range from kimonos to the history of stolen art to baseball jerseys. See the website for timed-ticket admission information and safety protocols.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20Sturbridge, MA, 01566Phone: 508-347-3362Toll-Free: 800-733-1830
Making a museum come alive is the goal at this lovingly re-created New England village
At Old Sturbridge Village, the idea is to make history, and a 200-acre museum in Sturbridge, MA, come alive. As you stroll through heirloom gardens, admire textiles being made on a loom or a barrel being crafted by a cooper in his shop, you’ll be transported back to a typical rural New England village of the 1830s. Costumed historians will be happy to answer questions or demonstrate crafts as you explore everything from the 1810 general store to the Greek-Revival bank to the functioning gristmill, cider mill and sawmill. Check the website for special exhibits and daily activities, including guided tours, musical performances and talks on everything from dentistry to the life of a peddler. At the Freeman Farm, kids especially will enjoy getting to know sheep, cows, pigs and chickens.
185 Elm StreetFitchburg, MA, 01420Phone: 978-345-4207
Discover the world’s art treasures right nearby
With over 20,000 square feet of exhibitions, the Fitchburg Art Museum features works from historical collections and loaned exhibitions on regional contemporary art. The permanent exhibitions include 19th-century American art, American photography, African, Greek, and Roman art, and one of the best exhibits on ancient Egypt in New England. Founded in 1925 through the bequest of artist, collector and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross, the museum is a showcase of her vision as a pioneer in American social history. Discover masterpieces in 12 beautifully designed galleries. And on the first Thursday of the month from November to March, shop the Fitchburg Farmers’ Market on site.
Over 90 Willard clocks displayed in 1718 Willard homestead and 1766 clock shop; 18th century pewter and furniture; 19th century Oriental rugs and children's toys; Willard family furnishings and portraits; 18th and 19th century firearms; Nipmuc Indian artifacts; and horological research library. Reservations requested for groups of eight and larger.
Hours: April-December, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; Winter Hours, January-March,
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7; seniors, $6; students ages 13 and older, $6; children ages 6-12, $3.
College of the Holy Cross - 1 College StreetWorcester, MA, 01610Phone: 508-793-3356
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery promotes the intellectual and cultural life of the College of the Holy Cross and greater community by exploring the fundamental intellectual, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic issues encountered through the visual arts.
Throughout the academic year the gallery presents a series of exhibitions, which vary from historically significant themes to works by contemporary artists. Serving as a center for social activity, the gallery sponsors a lively schedule of receptions, guest lectures, readings, and students’ presentations. The Cantor Gallery is Free and open to the public. Current exhibition information and hours of operation can be found on the gallery’s website.