Nestled squarely in the heart of the state, visitors to this region will be taken aback by its bucolic vistas, historic villages and leading museums. Worcester, the state’s third largest city, is found in Central Massachusetts, and is home to a burgeoning gay community with its own gay district and a Pride Celebration that grows each year.
Aside from big city life, this region is home to a rural landscape dotted by pristine orchards, rolling hills, deep woodlands and authentic early American villages. It’s no wonder this landscape has been the centerpiece of more than a few works of art. Explore the Worcester Art Museum – one of the leading small art museums in America. Discover the countryside’s Fruitland Museum, home to early American artwork and the site of a failed utopian society. Take a trip back in time at Old Sturbridge Village – a re-creation of an 1830’s rural New England settlement. Get your blood flowing at Wachusett Mountain, home to one of the Southern New England’s popular ski areas and grab a tour at the local brewery just down the street.
Central Massachusetts is where culture meets country and where warm hospitality will make you feel like a local.
Brimfield Antique Shows
The largest antique show in the country takes up over one square mile and takes place right in the middle of the state. Three times a year during the summer, antique dealers from all over the country converge on Brimfield. Drawing guests from all over the world, this might where you find that thing you’ve always been looking for.
Wachusett Mountain has a long history of tourism on the mountain. The first hotel was constructed on the summit in 1882. A new summit hotel was constructed in 1907 and continued operations until it was destroyed by fire in 1970. Over 600,000 people visit the mountain year round with at least half of that number visiting the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in the summer and fall.
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, depicting early New England life from 1790 – 1840 with historians in costume, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. Visitors can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and enjoy hands-on crafts. The Village is open year-round, but hours change seasonal.
Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum is world renowned for its 35,000 piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum’s many other treasures. Special exhibitions showcase the masterworks, seldom seen gems, and important works on loan.
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