Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village – an outdoor living history museum depicting life in an early 19th-century rural New England village, featuring costumed historians, artisans and farmers; historic homes, trade shops and water-powered mills; a working farm with heritage breed animals; and permanent and rotating exhibits.

We recommend allowing at least three hours to tour the Village, though many stay for the day.

Please check our hours of operation before planning your visit!

Tips and Policies

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Old Sturbridge Village?

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.

Why are there people walking around in old-fashioned clothing? Are they Puritans or Amish?

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.


What are your hours?

You can check our current and upcoming hours here.

What are your admission rates?

You can learn more about daytime admission here.

How long should I plan for my visit?

While a typical visit averages around three hours, many visitors choose to return for a second day.  In this case, you may want to purchase a Season Pass, which pays for itself and more in just two visits!

Where can I eat at Old Sturbridge Village?

Several dining opportunities are available for visitors to Old Sturbridge Village.

Old Sturbridge Village does welcome picnickers and provides a number of picnic tables

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

Are overnight accommodations available 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.

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.

What's happening today at Old Sturbridge Village?

Check a list of timed performances, demonstrations, and more at the Village here.


A boy and a costumed historian in the Grist Mill

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Riding the Stagecoach around the Village Common


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The Parsonage Garden


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