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Curriculum Materials
Blackstone Canal Curriculum
The story of the canal an its impact on Worcester, Massachusetts

Museum and Mansion Tours
Guided tours of Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion are available for school groups. Tours can be customized to fit your specifications.
For more information please call 508-753-8278.

Annual Valentine Contest
Each year for the last thirty years, thousands of Worcester schoolchildren in grades 3-6 have submitted their original valentines to the museum’s contest and celebrated Worcester’s role in the History of Valentine-Making. Prizes are awarded to each grade level for historic, contemporary, and verse valentines. There is also a masters’ competition for previous winners. Teacher materials—including program announcements, lesson plans, and valentine histories—are available on our Valentine’s Contest page. For more information, please call 508-753-8278.

World Smile Day
Established on the first Friday of October in 1999 by smiley face creator, Worcester's own Harvey Ball (1921-2001). In Harvey Ball's words, this is a day to "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile." For more information of ways you can participate in the next World Smile Day, visit

Additional Links of Interest
> Hillside Restoration Project

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Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm,
Fourth Thursdays 10am - 8:30pm


Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm,
Fourth Thursdays 10am - 8:30pm

Salisbury Mansion

Thursday - Saturday 1pm - 4pm

Click here to download
a PDF version of the
Driving Tour & Guide to Blackstone Canal Historic Markers
, produced by the National Park Service in conjunction with Worcester Historical Museum.