Some Favorite Things

June 16, 2016 - September 3, 2016

A collection is at the heart of any museum. But its soul is the stories those objects tell about us, the people who used or made them, or the people who gave them to the museum to become part of community memory. For 140 years WHM has had the unique responsibility of collecting the stories that make us Worcester. To celebrate the 140 years we have chosen “Some Favorite Things” from the thousands of objects, documents and photographs in WHM’s ever-growing collection.

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Take a Bite Out of History

Food. It’s our bread and butter. Our common need. We need food to survive.  Fast, organic, processed, gourmet, convenient, ethnic, or local – food is a given. Food surrounds us – at home, work, on our television sets…everywhere! What has Worcester’s food history been like? What role has food and drink played in our habits both locally and nationally? We hope you brought your appetite because we are about to show you. Bon Appetit!

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May 14 to October 3, 2015

By popular demand, THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT has been extended through Saturday, October 3, 2015. THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT exhibit in the Booth Gallery explores how David Clark transformed his company and reached new heights in protective self-contained environments for high altitude pilots and astronauts.  Many never seen by the public products will be on display. This exhibit is supported in part by the Wyman-Gordon Foundation and the Worcester Arts Council.                

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Saint Spyridon

Through March 14, 2015

The Greek Journey in Worcester Celebrating the centennial of Saint Spyridon Cathedral Booth Gallery

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Lunch Lady

Through December 31, 2014

Worcester Historical Museum is excited to exhibit original art from the popular Lunch Lady Book series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The Lunch Lady Book series is ten graphic novels that tell the story of the lunch lady who “Serves Justice and Lunch!” The books were inspired by Jarrett’s own lunch lady, Jeanne, from Gates Lane School. Jarrett, a Worcester native, started drawing from a young age and while attending Gates Lane he began creating his own books. Jarrett says he owes much if his successes to his grandparents, Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka, who took him in at age three and

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Class Picture Day!

June 09, 2014 - August 16, 2014

Say cheese and enjoy the no-frills charm of the class photo. To celebrate the end of the school year, we are going back in time with a special exhibition of class photographs from the museums collection.

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Students Reflect On MLK Jr.: The 2014 Art Contest Winners

January 14, 2014-February 28, 2014

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast “I have a Dream” Essay Committee poses a question each year to school students to either write or visually answer. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 in schools throughout Worcester County were invited to visually interpret their answer to the following: “What do you think he would say about bullies, or bullying and why?” Worcester Historical Museum is proud to partner with the MLK Committee in presenting this years contest winners of this county wide competition.

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Worcester Treasures

October 1, 2013 - October 4, 2014

300 years ago Jonas Rice and his family settled atop Union Hill (near the intersection of Plantation Street and Massasoit Road). While the exact date of Jonas Rice’s arrival in October of 1713 is unknown this settlement would eventually grow into the Worcester we know today.  Worcester Historical Museum is celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Worcester’s permanent settlement with Worcester Treasures. After 138 years  as the keeper of Worcester history the museum is selecting 13 artifacts from its exhaustive collection to put on exhibit this unique format. Worcester Treasures will feature one artifact every month from October of 2013 through

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Casey at the Bat: 125 Years Later

March 26, 2013 - October 26, 2013

“Casey at the Bat” is one of the most famous poems about baseball ever written. Now 125 years after it was first published, a few questions remain.

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Salisbury Mansion: Re-purposing History

April 11, 2013 - May 4, 2013

Becker College Interior Design students are asked the question "what if" a modern family were living in Salisbury Mansion today.

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Thursday-Saturday, 1-4PM

Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day


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