Revisiting history and experiencing the arts is far from seasonal, but it does make for the perfect day trip during these wintry months. Take an art class led by a professional artist. Shop local, and visit a gallery store that supports hundreds of artists. Learn all about science and nature from the oldest organization dedicated to the field.
There's much to see, and luckily, it's all right here in Downtown Worcester.
To help get the ball rolling, we've created a list of museums and galleries worth a visit—each with unique offerings, events, and experiences that will last longer than our coldest season.
This is oldest organization dedicated to the study of science and nature. It sits at 222 Harrington Way here in Worcester. What began as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History eventually became what it is today—the EcoTarium—an indoor-outdoor experience consisting of three floors of indoor, interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, daily Science Discovery programs, and seasonal, outdoor activities on their 45+ acre campus.
Founded in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum is located at 55 Salisbury Street, and houses 38,000 objects from Asia to Europe to America, going back as far 3,000 BC. The Renaissance Court is stunning all by itself. Join a tour, take a studio class taught by a professional artist, or attend an exhibit. If it's the first Sunday of the month, admission is free from 10am to 4pm.
A museum fully devoted to the local history of Worcester. Significant to the city and its past, you’ll find a vast research library with over 7,000 titles, an archive of documents, and a collection of artifacts and costumes from years gone by. There are exhibitions throughout the year, along with educational programs and tours. And for the those age 18 and under, admission to the museum galleries, library and Salisbury Mansion is free.
The ArtsWorcester organization actively works to help local artists, providing them exhibition space and opportunities to thrive. Their galleries are located in the newly renovated Printer’s Building at 44 Portland Street. Their exhibitions can also be found at the Davis Gallery (also located in the Printer's Building) and the Hanover Theatre. Teen nights, artists talks and gallery tours are also offered.
The Worcester Center for Crafts was established in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society. Today, the center offers space for all types of students to learn a craft; be it ceramics, jewelry-making, blacksmithing, and more. If you want to get your feet wet before committing to a six-week instructional class, they offer one-day/evening workshops. What’s also great is their Gallery Store, offering handmade, American crafts representing over 300 American artists.
If you’re familiar with the pop-up store concept, you’ll understand what Worcester PopUp is all about. Opening in 2018, Worcester PopUp offers space to the public to host their own creative events for a limited time. Catch art shows, movie screenings, music performances, readings, and more. The upcoming schedule can be found on their website and it does not disappoint.
The Sprinkler Factory houses independent artist spaces and businesses owned by creatives and innovators. It's also home to three spacious galleries, a performance space, and a learning center with a focus on cultural enrichment here in the City of Worcester. Their ongoing series of exhibitions and special events feature local and not-so-local artists of all disciplines, which have been a huge draw within local art scene and beyond.
For more fun things to do this season, visit discovercentralma.org.