Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street

About Us:

Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of Worcester Historical Museum's holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcester's industrial past including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

Worcester Historical Museum also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcester's only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s appearance and one of the best documented historic houses in New England. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.

Worcester's history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours and publications. Worcester Historical Museum features both permanent installations and changing exhibitions.


Spy K

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

A very nice museum!!! Super friendly staff and some very unexpected fun interactive exhibits for children. Great job Worcester Historical Museum!

Kim Perry

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

What an amazing local museum. I've lived in Worcester all my life and learned so much about our city from spending an afternoon here with a close friend. There was an exhibit called 50 Objects as well as a photography exhibit of Worcester Center that just amazed me. Time flew by wandering from room to room. I remarked to my companion that I enjoyed this museum more than my recent visit to The Smithsonian. Perhaps because the local history was so relevant to me and gave me the opportunity to further appreciate just how rich and diverse this city has become over the years. They have one room that is really suitable for younger children. I loved the cash register that you could push a button and the price for a cup of coffee would be displayed. They had three different pay phones mounted on a wall that showed the progression of the phone over the years. I also liked the jukebox that allowed me to hear different music from artists that were from Worcester. I also found a Triple Decker poster that I've been searching for since the early 90's that was for sale in the small gift shop. There was a lovely lady who provided us with free tickets to visit The Salisbury Museum and she also gave me a contact for their library collection so that I could do some research on a topic that has interested me over the years. There is an upstairs that we didn't visit, but was told there is a small Harvey Ball display on that floor. I loved this museum so much that I'm considering becoming a member. If you have the time, I recommend a visit to the Worcester Historical Museum.

Allen Parsons

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Worcester's history, and the stories of its sons and daughters, is lovingly preserved here. Smallish facility, but great ambition. No other place compares in comprehensiveness to the museum's library and archives. Director William Wallace is himself a walking encyclopedia.

Patrick McDonald

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

We visited the new Alden Family Gallery on Weds, the week of the opening. The kids had so much fun we're going back tomorrow. My kids ages are 1, 3, 6, 8 and 11 and they all had fun.

ian hickey

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

If you are from or live in Worcester you should check this place out if for no other reason than to get ammo for all the times people ask you why you live in Worcester.