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Spend a day or half day seeing Worcester's fine museums, do some shopping, then continue to Sturbridge, Boston, Springfield, the Berkshires, or Hartford CT.




Take a turn through the city center, stopping at the fine Town Common and impressive City Hall (map), and perhaps at the modern shopping, dining, and entertainment complexes.

Then admire the harmonious auditorium named Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, as you make your way to the Worcester Art Museum. Spend the morning at the museum and the nearby Worcester Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society, perhaps have a bite of lunch in the museum's café, then head for Sturbridge (18 miles/29 km) to spend the night.

Don't plan this tour for a Monday, when all of Worcester's museums are closed.

Worcester Art Museum

A smaller museum with a comprehensive collection studded with masterpieces by Gauguin, Hicks, Mary Cassatt, and art from China, Japan, Egypt, pre-Columbian America and Europe. More...

Worcester Historical Museum

This library and galleries are dedicated to Worcester's rich history and lore. More...

American Antiquarian Society

The library preserves the largest single collection of printed source materials relating to the history, literature, and culture of the first 250 years of United States history. More...

Higgins Armory Museum

John Woodman Higgins wanted to know how medieval armorers made such excellent steel, so he collected their work. Now numbering over 100 magnificent suits of armor, true works of art, the collection even includes armor made for children and for dogs. It is now part of the Worcester Art Museum. More...

Mechanics Hall

One of the four finest concert halls in North America, it's the oldest, and still in lively use. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA

Mechanics Hall, with superb acoustics.





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