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The Worcester Historical Museum, located in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, was founded in 1875 as the Worcester Society of Antiquity.[3] This museum is the only institution devoted entirely to local history and artifacts. The scope of their collection ranges from colonial to twentieth-century, encompassing manuscripts, textiles, paintings, and ceramics.[4] The museum is made up of permanent and temporary exhibits, research library, and currently owns and operates the local Salisbury Mansion.[5] The library maintains more than 7,000 titles.[3]

Worcester Historical Museum
Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester MA.jpg
Main entrance
Former nameWorcester Society of Antiquity
Established1875 (1875)
Location30 Elm Street
Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°15′54″N 71°48′24″W / 42.2648958°N 71.8067823°W / 42.2648958; -71.8067823
TypeHistory museum
Historic house museum
DirectorWilliam Wallace[1]
CuratorHolly Izard[1]
ArchitectFrederick Coulson[2]
HistorianWendy Essery



There is one permanent exhibit at the museum in the Fuller Gallery of Industrial History, entitled "In their shirt sleeves." This collection covers the Industrial history of Worcester through recently donated artifacts as well as items the Institution has collected over the decades. Dealing with a time period spanning over a century, the collection really highlights the accomplishment of Worcester locals and the impact their inventions had on the area and beyond. They also have three other exhibit areas that house temporary displays.


The research library is open to the public for a fee, Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 pm. Access to the archives material is available through appointment.[6]


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  3. ^ a b Sarah Connell (April 14, 2016). "Dressed to kill at the Worcester Historical Museum". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Joshua Lyford (July 21, 2016). "Worcester Historical Museum director shares a few of his favorite things". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Joshua Lyford (November 25, 2015). "Salisbury Mansion offers opulent holiday celebration". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Mark Sullivan (July 6, 2016). "Worcester Historical Museum exhibit offers a 'little bit of everything'". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved January 18, 2017.

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