Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. We also invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Village, its exhibits, and events.

Where is OSV?
Why is the Village's logo a grasshopper?
What is Old Sturbridge Village?
How long should I plan for my visit?
Is there an additional charge for the second day visit?
How large is the Village?
Is admission required to shop or dine?
Does Old Sturbridge Village have gift certificates?
Where may I eat at Old Sturbridge Village? How about picnicking? Is it okay to bring food in?
Is there an extra charge for the horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride?
Does Old Sturbridge Village rent strollers?
Are wheelchairs available for touring the Village?
Are there overnight accommodations at Old Sturbridge Village?
Is there parking for RVs and campers at the Village?
May I bring my pet to Old Sturbridge Village?
What else is there to do and see in the Sturbridge area?
Are firearms permitted?
Why haven't I received my membership card?

 

Where is OSV?
OSV is located at the intersection of I-90 (Mass. Pike) and I-84 just about an hour west of Boston. Driving directions are available here.
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Why is the Village's logo a grasshopper?
According to ancient folk belief, the grasshopper was not born but emerged directly from the earth itself. As a rural museum the Village was likewise "sprung from the soil." In 1956 - ten years after its official opening - the Grasshopper was adopted by Old Sturbridge Village as a fitting symbol.
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What is Old Sturbridge Village?
Old Sturbridge Village is a history museum and learning resource that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of New England's past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open year-round. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural New England town of the 1830s set on more than 200 acres of historical landscape, encompassing a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside. Read more about us.
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How long should I plan for my visit?
While an average visit is between three-and-a-half to four hours, a number of visitors choose to return for a second day.
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Is there an additional charge for the second day visit?
No, each admission ticket to Old Sturbridge Village is good for two daytime admissions within a 10-day period. Please validate your ticket before leaving so that you'll be set to return for your second free day. As an added bonus, if you bring others with you on your return visit, they will receive a 25% discount on their admission to the Village.
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How large is the Village?
OSV is the largest outdoor living history museum in the northeast. The historical landscape of more than 200 acres includes more than 40 structures including restored buildings brought from across New England as well as some authentic reconstructions.
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Is admission required to shop or dine?
While the Miner Grant Store/Bake Shop and Bullard Tavern are inside the museum, some opportunities to dine and shop are located outside of the museum and therefore do not require admission. These opportunities that do not requre admission are the Oliver Wight Tavern, Village Cafe, the Museum Gift Shop and New England Bookstore.
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Does Old Sturbridge Village have gift certificates?
Yes, OSV sells gift certificates at the Museum Gift Shop and also online. They can be redeemed at the Visitor Center, any of the Shops at Old Sturbridge Village (including the Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop on the Common), and any of the places for dining during your visit. They may also be redeemed for rides on the stagecoach and the Quinebaug River boat, or for other programs such as Historic Craft Classes and Discovery/Exploration Adventures. If you have questions about how your gift certificate may be used, please call 800-SEE-1830 or email osvinfo@osv.org.
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Where may I eat at Old Sturbridge Village? How about picnicking? Is it okay to bring food in?
Several dining opportunities are available for visitors to Old Sturbridge Village. At the entrance to the museum (admission is not required) is the Oliver Wight Tavern.  Also at the entrance - adjacent to the Museum Gift Shop - is the Village Cafe, serving coffee and other hot and cold beverages, fresh baked goods, soup, and sandwiches.

In summer, the Bullard Tavern on the Common within the historical Village (admission required) is open daily (please call for hours), serving cafeteria-style hot entrees and ready-made sandwiches, salad bar, hot and cold beverages, and ice cream novelties.

The Miner Grant Store, also inside the Village, serves hot and cold beverages and fresh baked goods, including our famous homemade cookies!
As for picnicking, Old Sturbridge Village does welcome picnickers and provides a number of picnic tables, both within the historical museum and in a pine grove at the top of the parking lot.

In season, The Village Scoop and Bakeshop, located in the Cottage, sells ice cream, floats, and fresh baked cookies.

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Is there an extra charge for the horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride?
No. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, which are offered on weekends in winter and during school vacation weeks in December and February, are included with Village admission. The sleigh, which seats approximately 16 people, runs when conditions are appropriate; otherwise the horses pull a wheeled carry-all. On weekends the rest of the year, plus daily in the summer and foliage season, you'll find the horses pulling the carry-all on a route around the Village. Both horse drawn rides run throughout the day, though the horses do take a lunch break around mid-day.
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Does Old Sturbridge Village rent strollers?
Yes, the museum has strollers available for rent at the ticketing area on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $4, a driver's license is requested to be left as a security deposit, and strollers must be returned to the ticketing area at least 15 minutes before closing.
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Are wheelchairs available for touring the Village?
Yes, wheelchairs are available at the ticketing area. There is no charge for their use, but we do ask that a driver's license be left with ticketing staff as a security deposit. Also, we ask that wheelchairs be returned to the ticketing area within 15 minutes of museum closing. If a visitor brings his or her own wheelchair to tour the Village (motorized wheelchairs are also welcome), he or she is offered discounted admission, $14 for adults and $7 for youths (ages 3 to 17). With some exceptions, Village exhibits have wheelchair access. See the complete Access Guide.
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Are there overnight accommodations at Old Sturbridge Village?
The Old Sturbridge Village Inn & Reeder Family Lodges are located adjacent to the Museum  and overnight stays include discounted admission to the Village. Read more or make reservations online.
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Is there parking for RVs and campers at the Village?
Yes. There is plenty of free parking, with spaces reserved for larger vehicles. While there are no facilities for overnight camping at the Village, there are a number of nearby campgrounds. For more information, visit the Sturbridge Townships website.
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May I bring my pet to Old Sturbridge Village?
Service animals are welcome anytime, and OSV Members are invited to bring their dog on selected Dog Days.
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What else is there to do and see in the Sturbridge area?
Visit the Sturbridge Townships website for more information on local attractions.
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Are firearms permitted?
No weapons are permitted on Old Sturbridge Village's property with exemptions from this policy to include all law enforcement agents. 
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Why haven't I received my membership card?
Membership cards will no longer be mailed out to members as Old Sturbridge Village now uses permanent membership cards, issued at the OSV Visitor Center.  If you do not yet have you permanent card, you may pick it up at the Visitor Center at any time.  
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