Our goals are to provide a safe environment for all staff and visitors, use our unique outdoor environment to expand our stories of early New England life, and to deliver the engaging, educational experiences you’ve come to expect at Old Sturbridge Village.
Our costumed historians will be interpreting throughout the Village. Many of our visitors’ favorite programs have been adapted for viewing outside of the buildings, while new programming has been developed to feature additional outdoor activities at the households and trade shops – allowing us to tell even more stories about life in the 1830s. Upon opening, historical interpretation will be conducted outside of the buildings. Most of our buildings are currently closed. In the meantime, guests can watch a variety of demonstrations and talk with costumed historians outside!
For those who aren’t able to visit us just yet, we will continue our Virtual Village programming that we have been providing throughout our closure.
Please read through our new policies and procedures to ensure an enjoyable return to the Village.
Visitors coming from out of state should review the current Massachusetts travel order as well as any travel guidance issued by the state from which they will travel. If you have concerns about your membership please contact email@example.com to discuss your situation.
Advanced Ticketing Required – See Details Below
To manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts reopening guidelines, we are requiring visitors to purchase tickets in advance.
Up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission now through November 28, 2020, thanks to our generous sponsor Country Bank! See details here.
Members will still receive free admission based upon membership level, but they must reserve their tickets so that OSV can manage capacity. If you do not have the ability to purchase online or experience issues, OSV’s Membership department will be available to assist you via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-347-0210. Membership and ID will be checked at the Visitor Center. When you arrive, please look for signage indicating the member line/entrance.
If you have a complimentary admission pass or a discount of any kind please email email@example.com or call 508-347-0213 in advance to reserve your entry with a Visitor Center staff member. Proof of eligibility must be presented upon arrival at the Visitor Center.
All ticket holders must choose a date and time block during which you would like to arrive. The following arrival blocks are available:
- 10:00 am – 11:30 am
- 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
- 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Please plan to arrive during the time window listed on your ticket. Once you have been checked in you are welcome to stay until the property closes at 4:00 pm. Please note that re-entry is not permitted at this time, so please bring everything you will need with you upon arrival.
Make your reservations by clicking your preferred date below. Available tickets will be released every week on Wednesdays.
IMPORTANT UPDATE | Posted September 2, 2020:
Due to the ongoing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Sturbridge Village has had to make several operational changes that will allow us to deepen our focus on our mission of preserving history and the visitor experience. Some of these changes include closing our lodging for the season and closing our banquet division until further notice. Additionally, during the fall, we will be leaning into weekends where we will be open Friday-Sunday. Read the statement from President and CEO Jim Donahue here.
This year’s seasonal programming is brought to you by Country Bank
Our last day being open for standard daytime admission this year is November 28, 2020. After that, we will be closed during the day so we can focus on evening holiday programming. Christmas by Candlelight runs select evenings in December from 3:00 to 8:00 pm; learn more here.
Old Sturbridge Village will be open rain or shine. See our hours of operation here. Tickets are nonrefundable.
Should you not feel well or have symptoms of COVID-19, please email the Visitor Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-733-1830 to reschedule your tickets.
If you are a member with questions regarding your membership, please call 508-347-0210 or email email@example.com.
- Face coverings/masks are required for adults and youth 2 years of age and older unless they fall under the state exception guidelines. If you’ve forgotten your mask, we will have some available for purchase at the Visitor Center.
- We ask all visitors to observe six-foot physical distancing between your party and other parties.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available upon entry and exit of the Visitor Center as well as throughout the grounds.
- Old Sturbridge Village cannot loan strollers to visitors at this time. Wheelchairs are still available for loan on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Our employees have been trained on cleaning and proper hygiene procedures as well as safe interactions with visitors.
- High-traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day.
- Restrooms are available and occupancy is limited to 1 person or 1 family at a time. OSV will be cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms frequently.
- Please read the signs posted which will indicate one-way traffic and other helpful reminders.
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.
Why do I need to reserve a ticket to visit?
In order to open, we must strictly follow protocols for historical and cultural sites issued by the state government, including limiting the number of people on the property at one time. By using a ticket system, we can space out when people are visiting.
When will tickets be available to reserve?
We will release a new batch of tickets each Wednesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 508-347-0213 to reschedule your ticket. Rescheduling is subject to availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.
What safety measures have you taken?
Hand sanitizing stations are available upon entry and exit of the Visitor Center as well as throughout the grounds. High-traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day. Our employees have been trained on cleaning and proper hygiene procedures as well as safe interactions with visitors.
Is food or dining available?
The Bullard Tavern Café and Scoop Shop are open for take-out service with limited menus. 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?
Due to public health guidelines, we are unable to offer drinking water on site. Please bring your own. We have bottled water available for purchase at Bullard Tavern and the Scoop Shop.
Is the gift shop open?
Yes! The Museum Store is open!
Why do I need to wear a mask/Why do I need to wear a mask outside?
Will the buildings be open?
Most of our buildings are currently closed, but many historical demonstrations have been moved outside.
What can I do while visiting? What can I expect to see while visiting?
With the goal to provide a safe environment for all village staff and visitors, Old Sturbridge Village has re-adapted indoor programs for viewing outside of their historic homes and trade shops, and created a series of new programs featuring outdoor demonstrations and activities from the time period. Costumed historians will be interpreting throughout the village welcoming visitors to learn through this new and adapted programming and continuing to go about village life – tending fields and gardens and caring for Old Sturbridge Village’s heritage breed animals.
Visitors can also take a horse-drawn wagon ride, explore our nature trails, meet cattle, sheep, chickens, and pigs, relax by the mill pond, stroll through our gardens, and so much more!
Are there any admission discounts available?
Yes, if you have a complimentary admission pass or a discount of any kind, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-347-0213 in advance to reserve your entry with a Visitor Center staff member. Proof of eligibility must be presented upon arrival at the Visitor Center.
When will member programming return (such as Dog Days, Garden Thyme, etc.)?
Given Massachusetts state guidelines on non-commercial dog walking, we have decided to temporarily suspend Dog Days. We hope to be able to welcome your dogs back this fall. Please check back in the fall. We will also announce the return of Dog Days via the members-only eNews.
Has accessibility been impacted?
We are adapting everything as best as possible.
The Village’s unpaved roads are generally firm and stable. Most roads are level, with steeper grades located near the Bullard Tavern, Glass Exhibit, and Herb Garden. Longer, more gradual grades are located near the Visitor Center and Freeman Farmhouse. Interior building access varies.
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.
Are your restrooms open?
Restrooms are available and occupancy is limited to 1 person or 1 family at a time. OSV will be cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms frequently.
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.
Given Massachusetts state guidelines on non-commercial dog walking, we have decided to temporarily suspend Dog Days. We hope to be able to welcome your dogs back this fall.
What is the Village's policy regarding photography?
Photography in Old Sturbridge Village is permitted for personal use only. By entering the museum, you agree to the use of your image for publicity purposes.
Tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted.
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:
- Please do not walk or climb on fences, stone walls and trees.
- Walk carefully on the Village’s natural roadways. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes!
- Please do not touch or feed the farm and wild animals!
- Silence all mobile devices to help us preserve the 1830s experience.
- No weapons are permitted on Old Sturbridge Village’s property with exemptions from this policy to include all law enforcement agents.
Is there lodging available?
Due to the ongoing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Sturbridge Village has had to make several operational changes that will allow us to deepen our focus on our mission of preserving history and the visitor experience. Some of these changes include closing our lodging for the season and closing our banquet division until further notice. Additionally, during the fall, we will be leaning into weekends where we will be open Friday-Sunday. Read the official statement from President and CEO Jim Donahue here.
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:
What if I have a question that is not answered here?
Please email email@example.com or call 508-347-0213 to speak with a Visitor Services staff member.
Funding from Mass Humanities has also been provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.