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Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

Categories: History Museums, Educational Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
Experience what rural New England life was like from the 1790s through the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. The largest living museum in New England, it spans more than 80 hectares (200 acres) and encompasses more than 40 original buildings. Explore homes, meetinghouses, shops, a school, and a bank. The working farm features animals that would have been found here almost 200 years ago, such as chicken, sheep, oxen, and pigs. Throughout the village, staff in period costumes make crafts, garden, and demonstrate cooking techniques throughout the day. Don't miss the village's collection of Early American antiques, including firearms and glass. Choose from plenty of dining options or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Wear comfortable shoes. Our Sturbridge travel itinerary maker makes visiting Old Sturbridge Village and other Sturbridge attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Sometimes "historical villages" can be over the top, but not Sturbridge. The staff playing the characters are all very knowledgeable in their roles which adds to the authenticity. Good selection of bu...  read more »
  • Not really my cup of tea but definitely somewhere you should experience if in the neighbourhood. I loved the giant cows. 
  • Imagine if the power grid ever failed and the country was without electricity. Take a visit to an entire village that survived and prospered in the 1600's with indoor plumbing, electricity and motors ...  read more »
  • Very nice living museum with constant activities and informed and courteous staff. Well done and worth a trip. It's not an amusement park, you need to be an active participant to enjoy this place. Love it. Great fireworks too on special occasions.
  • Old Sturbridge Village transports you back to a time when life was hard, but they had a good time regardless! Upon entering you're greeted by the gift shop and the information area, both of which have plenty of helpful folks to guide you through your journey. The walk to the actual village is a bit of a trek, but overall not terrible. The grassy area in the middle of the village makes for a great spot to take a load off and provides some great photo ops, especially with the church located at the far side of the lawn. A number of merchants line the area and there's more trinkets from the 1700's than you can shake a stick at. Good spot for history buffs and weekend enthusiasts alike, as long as you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
  • Oh, Old Sturbridge Village, you living museum you! Your concept is a great one, which is a small New England town from the late 1700s to the 1800s that includes everything from animals, authentic looking people from that era, completely real buildings–some of which are brought in from nearby towns–and amazing scenery. It reminds me of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings movies. The sheep here are adorable but quite dirty. Maybe someone should clean and sheer them. They were all gathering in the shade panting. They were very cute but I felt bad for them as well as the rest of my family. Perhaps they should be kept inside on hot days like the adorable baby cows and their parents. On the subject of animals, the squirrels and chipmunks here as well as the geese do not appear to be afraid of humans, and allow for you to venture close. Whether this is good or bad I'm not sure but maybe it's like Disney and all the animals are robotic! Totally, that's the answer. Illuminati confirmed.🔺 I have to say that one of the best employees here is a farmer from Freeman Farm. He was extremely knowledgable, very authentic, and kind. I will look forward to seeing him again during my next visit. I believe his name may be Eddie. So here's lookin' at you, brah. 😘 From what I've been told, the food at Oliver Wright Tavern is very good, despite what OTHER people have said here on Google reviews. If you don't like this tavern's food, however, there's another restaraunt you can go to. Also, I love the sight of horse drawn carriages riding around here. But, don't touch the horses or you may receive a stern scolding from the carriage driver. This happened to my friend many years ago, but it may still happen to visitors today. There's no harm is petting the horses. What's the deal? Oh, I also love the Bulls they have. Super cute! 😇 Something else I enjoy is that OSV is open year round. They used to have a great fireworks display every Fourth of July but for the past couple of years they haven't done this. I loved going and am disappointed by this. Guess it was just too expensive for them. 💸 In my opinion, OSV is a tad boring at times. Those who love history will adore this place for all of its monotous, slightly boring historical elements. They'll also like how accurate and colorful this place is. But to the average visitor they may find this aspect of OSV to be slow and tedious. On another note, I've been told employees at this location aren't allowed to talk about slavery due to there being none in this part of the country during this time period. I feel like this does take away a bit of the historical accuracy of OSV but I understand their reasoning for not wanting to talk about such a sensitive topic. If OSV is open all year long, what do they do during the winter? With most of their animals unable to be out during this season, their crops fallen, and many of their buildings lacking electric heat, how do they continue to stay open? Speaking of the winter, I do like how this museum holds music concerts. I've never been during the Christmas season but I imagine it's very nice to visit during that time. It's interesting to me that so many people come from all over the country to visit this location. Old Sturbridge Village is not an enormous place armpit but it does have some value. However, my family and I have lived in Sturbridge for over a decade and have only visited OSV about four times. That's how little we truly like this place. Nevertheless, it's a good place to visit, especially if you don't have a lot to do. It's also nice that we don't have to pay since we're residents, which is an offer available to all of the people who live in Sturbridge/Fiskdale. The front desk people are also nice. But, there once was an old fry named Caroo Mickinstroo, whose name I've altered slightly for privacy, who worked at the local elementary school, Burgess, who worked here at OSV for a while. It made the experience...less pleasant and strange due to the fact that this woman was slow as Franklin's grandmother and kinda mean. It's a cool place!
  • It's always enjoyable to go here. The characters are friendly and will answer all your questions. I brought my adult ESL students here on a field trip and they loved it. It's beautiful and it's a great place to learn b about American history
  • We had a nice time here with the kids but I wouldn't go back. The admission fees are a bit high, $28 per adult and $14 per kid to get in. There were very few people working in character. Most of the buildings are set up museum style and they are self guided with little interaction. The prices for food were reasonable but the drinks were way overpriced at $3 for a 20oz soda and $2 for water. There is an ice cream shop which is ridiculous to have in an 1800s village. The general store is also very expensive.
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