IMPORTANT | Resources for Before You Visit

Teacher/Chaperone Guide

Please share this guide with all chaperones attending your field trip.

Chaperone and Teacher Guide

Old Sturbridge Village Map

Below is a downloadable map of Old Sturbridge Village to help you navigate your way through the museum campus.

Old Sturbridge Village Map

Map to OSV Museum Education Center

Below is a downloadable map to assist you in getting to Old Sturbridge Village’s Museum Education Center.

Directions to Museum Education Building

Make History Guides

With the Explore option, 3rd–8th grade groups have the option to use our themed Make History Guides to explore the Village.

Make History – Making It

Make History – Cooking and Eating

Make History – Amazing Agriculture


Curriculum Matches

Students at all levels can access and enjoy the benefits of a field trip at Old Sturbridge Village through hands-on interaction, primary sources, and group discussion/reflection.

Review how field trips at OSV match up with specific curriculum standards:

Common Core Standards

Massachusetts Science and Technology

Massachusetts Social Studies

Connecticut Social Studies

Town Meeting Resources (for Before Your Visit)

Below are downloadable tools to support your group’s participation in Town Meeting. Educators are strongly encouraged to use these materials in advance of your program.

My Voice My Vote Pre-Visit Lesson Plan

19th-Century Town Government Brief

Historical Background on the Poor and Poor Relief in Early 19th-Century New England

Activity 1 Primary Source Documents

Activity 2 Primary Source Documents

Autism Spectrum Resources

Please feel free to utilize this know before you go guide, social story, visual schedule, and therapeutic self-guide for your visit. Created for visitors on the autism spectrum or those sensitive to stimulation, these resources will help to guide your trek around the Village, as well as prepare for a field trip or family visit. Please contact Museum Education with any questions by emailing or calling (508) 347-0287.

Know Before You Go Guide

Visual Schedule For Families

Old Sturbridge Village Social Story

Accessibility Self-Guide

Additional Resources

Click here for additional primary source documents, articles, and papers.

A school age boy watching the potter at work

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