Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village
4.5
Educational sitesHistory Museums
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A recreated New England village, with authentic period buildings, provides vistors with an intimate view of life in the early 1800s.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • rpl170192016
    Maryland, New York122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As Memorable as Ever
    My first visit in many years: the village retains all the charm and depth of history I recall from my visits as a student and then as a teacher. It was not crowded and so we were able to explore without much waiting or lines. Staff were helpful, informative and well-versed in their crafts or roles.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Windygnf
    672 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look to the Past
    Visiting Old Sturbridge Village was fun and informative. Had been here about 30 years ago with children but going with an adult friend this time allowed us to wander, visit with staff and read about the village. Would like to give a shout out to Gloria, Pat and Edward.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • renfieldee
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phantoms by Firelight a great evening of history and wonder
    This was my second trip to Old Sturbridge, and did not disappoint. The Phantoms by Firelight program is a combination of history about death/grief practices as well as performances by fire/acrobat/contortionists in a human circus of historical entertainment. The team at Sturbridge are wonderful, the decorations and music in the covered bridge are spooky fall fun (particularly on Friday the 13th), and the evening flies by. The wake and the demonstration of hair art as remembrance were touching. If you have to choose between the Christmas and Halloween programs, I would go with the Christmas experience as all the buildings were open and staffed, there were more demonstrations of crafts, and better food/dinner options (Christmas had a full dinner service, but Phantoms only had soup/wrap options). The parts that were open for Phantoms were great, but I was bringing a guest who had not been and felt we missed out on more of the history this time. As a second visit, it was fantastic and the special performers were absolutely top notch and amazed the crowds. Go and support this great organization as often as you can--it is a rare treasure and a place to make memories.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Tami B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sturbridge Village
    Whats terrific experience! The characters were friendly and happy to share their knowledge as well as encouraging picture taking. The grounds were clean and well maintained for walking. Rest rooms were clean and easily accessible and available at various spots along the exhibits. You would really need 4 to 5 hours to see everything. We would definitely go back!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 October 2023
  • mercPleasantValley
    Poughkeepsie, New York90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The charm of the village is fueled by the passion of the interpreters.
    hadn't been here in over 30 years so I was excited to relive the experience. it was a quiet day but there were interpreters in most of the buildings who were happy to share their skill with us. shout out to Tom who took a lot of time to show us how to make band boxes and even gave us some materials so we could do it ourselves at home. our favorites, besides Tom, were the Cooper, the blacksmith and the lady in the general store. they really love what they do and their enthusiasm comes through. won't wait so long to go back!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Joseph V
    Winthrop, Maine104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Immersive Experience
    My wife an I are very much into history and historic villages such as Sturbridge. We were incredibly pleased with the care to detail taken with everything presented here. The historic interpreters, dressed in period clothing and style, were informative and very natural in their delivery of information. They did not seem scripted and were very interactive with the guests. They answered questions with detailed knowledge of the topic without hesitation and with curtesy. In the pottery shop he let children try turning the potters wheel, the blacksmith interacted with the children taking many questions. This is exactly how it should be, a low key fun learning experience for all. The entry fee is fair, especially when you walk the grounds and take into consideration what it takes to maintain such a museum. The tavern, shops, and ice cream shop are all reasonable too. All in all, it will be a great experience for anyone who loves history and learning about a different, simpler, but hard working time in America.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 May 2024
  • Sally J
    Martinsburg, West Virginia599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fantastic Experience
    This was our first visit; it was wonderful. We really enjoyed the old buildings, especially the stone blacksmith shop. But the best part was speaking with the various craftspeople. It was fascinating to watch them work and explain their crafts. We saw a potter, blacksmith, typesetter, linen maker, wool dyers, cooper, typesetter, and more. All the craftspeople obviously enjoy their work and are quite talented. We learned a lot about how hard people had to work to get by. The village was well laid out, and easy to get around. Not all the buildings were staffed, but most were. The Salem Towne house tour was well-presented and informative. I am glad we were able to do it. It was fun,too, to see the farm animals . We didn’t have a meal there, but enjoyed a drink and good molasses cookies. We spent about five hours here and saw a lot. I would like to return to see even more.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2024
  • Sabine W
    Shawnee, Kansas247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous fun day.
    One of the most enjoyable things I did on this year's trip to New England. Expect to stay about 4 hours and have fun interacting with the local craftsmen and woman. The place is absolutely gorgeous. From the pond, the waterfall, covered bridges to the forest. Such a great place to visit with the entire family.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 July 2024
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Sabine W
Shawnee, KS247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
One of the most enjoyable things I did on this year's trip to New England. Expect to stay about 4 hours and have fun interacting with the local craftsmen and woman. The place is absolutely gorgeous. From the pond, the waterfall, covered bridges to the forest. Such a great place to visit with the entire family.
Written 11 July 2024
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Sally J
Martinsburg, WV599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was our first visit; it was wonderful.
We really enjoyed the old buildings, especially the stone blacksmith shop. But the best part was speaking with the various craftspeople. It was fascinating to watch them work and explain their crafts. We saw a potter, blacksmith, typesetter, linen maker, wool dyers, cooper, typesetter, and more.
All the craftspeople obviously enjoy their work and are quite talented. We learned a lot about how hard people had to work to get by.
The village was well laid out, and easy to get around. Not all the buildings were staffed, but most were.
The Salem Towne house tour was well-presented and informative. I am glad we were able to do it.
It was fun,too, to see the farm animals .
We didn’t have a meal there, but enjoyed a drink and good molasses cookies.
We spent about five hours here and saw a lot.
I would like to return to see even more.
Written 29 June 2024
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Joseph V
Winthrop, ME104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
My wife an I are very much into history and historic villages such as Sturbridge. We were incredibly pleased with the care to detail taken with everything presented here. The historic interpreters, dressed in period clothing and style, were informative and very natural in their delivery of information. They did not seem scripted and were very interactive with the guests. They answered questions with detailed knowledge of the topic without hesitation and with curtesy. In the pottery shop he let children try turning the potters wheel, the blacksmith interacted with the children taking many questions. This is exactly how it should be, a low key fun learning experience for all. The entry fee is fair, especially when you walk the grounds and take into consideration what it takes to maintain such a museum. The tavern, shops, and ice cream shop are all reasonable too. All in all, it will be a great experience for anyone who loves history and learning about a different, simpler, but hard working time in America.
Written 27 May 2024
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mercPleasantValley
Poughkeepsie, NY90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
hadn't been here in over 30 years so I was excited to relive the experience. it was a quiet day but there were interpreters in most of the buildings who were happy to share their skill with us. shout out to Tom who took a lot of time to show us how to make band boxes and even gave us some materials so we could do it ourselves at home. our favorites, besides Tom, were the Cooper, the blacksmith and the lady in the general store. they really love what they do and their enthusiasm comes through. won't wait so long to go back!
Written 6 May 2024
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jrme2016
Pottstown, PA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Excellent job at this village. Employees were great remaining in character and offering good period related information. It was a very entertaining day!
Written 3 May 2024
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I'd been wanting to come here for ages and was excited to finally have the opportunity to do so. This large recreated village is a wonderful way to learn more about New England in the 19th century; it has everything from printing to metallurgy to farming, and live actors to explain more about day-to-day life. We got to watch the actors actually practice some of the trades as they were actually practiced in the 19th century - we especially loved watching the gentleman running the printing press, and he patiently answered all of our questions. The paths were clear and easy to walk, and there were plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the views. We were here in early March, so some of the warmer-weather areas (like the herb garden and the bee shed) were still dormant - we're looking forward to coming back here in warmer weather to enjoy everything else. The restrooms were very clean, and they have a tavern here where you can sit and eat. This is a super big village and is very detail-oriented.

The one drawback I'll mention is that I wish there had been more signs throughout the village. There were signs to tell us where to park, but then there weren't any signs pointing to the main entrance, so we had to guess. Also, while we did get a map of the village at the main entrance, some of the buildings weren't labeled, so we had to guess which building pertained to which number on our map. We also didn't know which buildings had live actors, so we might have missed an opportunity to interact with more of the actors because we didn't know where they were located.
For example, the Richardson House, the printing office, and the metallurgical press all had live actors, but the bank and the law office were surprisingly empty - those would have been great opportunities to learn more about how banking and law were practiced in the 19th century.
Written 7 March 2024
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Mary
Fall River, MA237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place was very nice, however I found it lacking. A lot of the houses were not manned with People in period dress. I thought there would be someone explaining the Shoe shop, the law office the Taverns or the Meeting house I was very disappointed not to see this. We had lunch at the Bullard Tavern and it was delicious. I had vegetable soup in a bread bowl, it was out of this world and my boyfriend had the corned beef panini also delicious. We then went to the bakery only to be disappointed as there were no freshly baked goods to be had. It should not be advertised as a bakery. Then a trip to the gift shop, also disappointing as the prices were outrageous. After paying $25. admission expecting to see period actors giving you a history of this place I was very disappointed. I remember a trip I had taken there in the early 80s and is was so much better then than this.
Written 27 February 2024
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Kat W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Inadequate, repetitive food/drink samples, fewer costumed interpreters, no carolers. Had multicultural displays
Written 10 December 2023
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Tami B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Whats terrific experience! The characters were friendly and happy to share their knowledge as well as encouraging picture taking. The grounds were clean and well maintained for walking. Rest rooms were clean and easily accessible and available at various spots along the exhibits. You would really need 4 to 5 hours to see everything. We would definitely go back!
Written 22 October 2023
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Jamie K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
If you are unsure about going or not - GO!!! Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) was awesome. Even with all the positive reviews, I was unsure about if it would be worth a visit. We were in New England for a fall foliage trip by car - we visited Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York in search of good fall color in a generally down year for foliage and our trip to OSV was a highlight.

There is so much to see and do, we only had 4 hours and probably saw half of the exhibits. Much of the scheduled activities were in the afternoon and we didn't even get to see those, but the even the 'routine' daily stuff was fascinating - the potter, blacksmith, farmers, animals, tinner, and cobbler were are working as well as many interpreters in the meeting house, homes, and common. Just so much history and the immersive experience really brings the New England area to life.

To visit in the Fall with even "so-so" color was beautiful, and a misty day only added to the atmosphere.

We had lunch in the cafeteria - the chowda was great but the fresh baked bread bowls were amazing - get one. My wife loved her chicken pot pie and the shepherds pie also looked great.

Wish we could have stayed around for the Phantoms Halloween event that night but were unable. Would really love to see the Christmas event as well.

Overall, Just an awesome experience, for young and old - I would absolutely return and would do so at various times of the year. Do yourself a favor and GO! Thank you to all those through the decades that have created and preserved this awesome treasure.
Written 21 October 2023
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