A family looks on as a cabinetmaker in 1830s costume works a treadle wheelSummer at Old Sturbridge Village means more sun, fun, and celebration of the season. A visit to the largest living history museum in New England is an ideal summer getaway for all ages. Whether you come to meet our farm animals, marvel at the skills of our artisans, stroll through the gardens, listen to historical music, learn about New England history, or any combination thereof, no two visits are alike.

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Explore the Sights, Sounds, and Tasks of Summer

During the summer OSV is open Wednesday – Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer was a busy season for early 19th-century New Englanders. There were field crops to cultivate, gardens to tend and weed, hay to cut and bring into the barns, milk to turn into cheese, and freshly sheared wool to card, spin, and weave. Our costumed historians will be busy with these and many other tasks throughout the summer. Early New Englanders also found time for fun, though – and guests and invited to try their hands at historical games.

Upcoming Summer Events:

Marching on the common.

Independence Celebration

July 4th – 7th

Join us in celebration of Independence Day! Experience fife and drum music, cannon demonstrations, games, a parade, and more. Learn more.

Redcoats & Rebels

August 3rd – 4th

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with hundreds of costumed Revolutionary War reenactors. Visitors can not only explore our exhibits, and galleries, and talk with our costumed historians about everyday life in early New England, but also witness recreated skirmishes and battles, and hear fife and drum music. Learn more and sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale.

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