Visit the Village for Christmas by Candlelight!

During December, we are open select evenings (December 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 23, and 27-30) for Christmas by Candlelight. The Village will be CLOSED for daytime visits during this time. Christmas by Candlelight requires pre-registration. Learn more about Christmas by Candlelight and get tickets here

The Christmas Tree outside the Center Meetingouse
Don’t miss the nightly tree lighting ceremony!

Safety Policies

If you or someone in your party is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC, or if you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please do not visit at this time.

Please note these policies are subject to change without notice as the situation demands. Old Sturbridge Village is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your help in making this a great experience for everyone. We continue to follow Massachusetts and CDC guidance on mask-wearing and all COVID safety regulations.

Bullard Tavern Exterior

Current Dining Options

Located on the ground floor of the Bullard Tavern, the Bullard Café offers a variety of lunch options such as soup, chicken tenders, healthy salads, sandwiches, and Boston’s Best cold brew and nitro coffee.

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Visitor FAQs:

Do I need to wear a mask?

As a site that welcomes visitors of all ages—including many children—and encourages conversation with our costumed interpreters, we ask all visitors to follow our current mask policy:

We appreciate your cooperation, for your safety and ours.

What can I see and do at the Village?

Fall is a busy time at the Village and COVID hasn’t slowed us down. Our costumed historians are interpreting spaces and demonstrating skills and crafts across the Village. We have introduced new outdoor programs and activities to take advantage of our large campus. Buildings are now open, so you can explore our homes and chat with costumed historians inside too. Please respect posted capacity limits and requests from staff to wait your turn to enter crowded spaces.

Visitors can also take a horse-drawn wagon ride; explore our nature trails; meet cattle, sheep, chickens, and pigs; play games; listen to performances; relax by the mill pond; stroll through our gardens; and so much more!

What if it rains?

Old Sturbridge Village is open rain or shine. If you would like to reschedule your visit due to weather, please email visitorcenter@osv.org or call 508-347-0213 by 4:00 pm on that date. Rescheduling is subject to availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.

What if I or a member of my party becomes ill and cannot visit on the day we intended?

Please stay home if you, or someone in your party, is ill. If you are unable to visit on the day you purchased your ticket for, you may email visitorcenter@osv.org or call 508-347-0213 to reschedule your ticket. Rescheduling is subject to availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Is food or dining available?

The Bullard Tavern Café and Scoop Shop are open. Learn more here.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in historic buildings and exhibits. As always, guests are allowed to bring picnics to eat outside.

 

 

Is water available for purchase? Are drinking fountains available?

Our drinking fountains are currently not available. Please bring your own water with you. We also have bottled water available for purchase at the Miner Grant Store, the Bullard Tavern, and the Scoop Shop.

Is the gift shop open?

The Miner Grant Store is open when the Village is open, and currently features coffee, tea, souvenirs, Village-made products, specialty products, and, of course, our famous Old Sturbridge Village cookies.

The Museum Store outside the Village is currently closed. This year, we will be developing ways to give our visitors a new and innovative retail experience. Stay tuned as we will be announcing these new developments throughout the year.

Are there any admission discounts available?

Learn about available discounts on standard daytime admission here.

How long should I plan to visit?

We typically recommend allowing at least 2 to 3 hours for exploring Old Sturbridge Village. Some choose to stay the whole day.

When is the Village open? What are your admission rates?

You can check our current and upcoming hours, as well as our daytime admission rates, here.

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.

Are pets allowed at the Village?

While service animals are allowed in the Village, we regret that pets are not allowed. Members are allowed to bring their dogs on designated Dog Days.

 

What is the Village's policy regarding photography?

Photography in Old Sturbridge Village is permitted for personal use only. Tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted.

Please note that visitors may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded while in the museum. While in the Village, you grant the museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

Is there anything else I should know before visiting for the first time?

Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor, living 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.

When you visit Old Sturbridge Village, you will see costumed historians (sometimes called “interpreters”) throughout the Village, working in trade shops, on the farm, or cooking in front of a fire. Even though they wear clothing like people wore in the 1830s, they are just like you, but they know a lot about New England history. They are not acting as a character or pretending to be a person from the past. They speak in the present tense and can help you compare life in the 1800s to life in the 21st century. Most of them are paid staff members but also some are volunteers. Don’t be afraid to ask them lots of questions! They will help to enrich your experience of the past.

Other polices to keep in mind:

Is there lodging available?

The Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges are closed at this time. There are many other delightful accommodations in Sturbridge and the surrounding area that we hope you will check out, including three that are also business partners of Old Sturbridge Village. Two of these hotels are also offering discounts for Village members! Learn more here.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Please email visitorcenter@osv.org or call 508-347-0213 to speak with a Visitor Services staff member.