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American Antiquarian Society

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Address: 185 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609-1636
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+1 508-471-1721
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

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Dress warmly for an interesting tour of the archives!

With miles of historic documents available for research, the American Antiquarian Society is a unique place to visit in Worcester. There is a free tour every Wednesday afternoon... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Barbara H
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

With miles of historic documents available for research, the American Antiquarian Society is a unique place to visit in Worcester. There is a free tour every Wednesday afternoon at 3 -- but dress warmly as the temperatures are kept low to preserve the historic items.

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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

I delight every time I visit the AAS in Worcester. The librarians are cordial, helpful and knowledgeable always guiding to my quest! Visiting the AAS is inspiring to me. I devour all the library offers me.. particularly because of their vast holdings. I just can't say enough from the ambience to positive attitudes. It is my continued Mecca and anybody... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Aside from the visible collection, it is exceptionally useful to get a guided tour of the buildings and its variable materials. Early American china, furniture and of course, Isaiah Thomas's original printing press are worth seeing. In addition to the evergrowing collections of manuscripts, newspapers, colonial children's literature there are wonderful lecture series that change from time to time. Don't... More 

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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been familiar with the AAS for about 5 years. This is a great, great, great library and museum. Historic "everything" can be available both on line and in person. The AAS is a treasure in our own back yard.

1 Thank BobbyP009
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

While this is primarily a research library, they do give a weekly guided tour of the facility, which is fascinating if you have any interest in history and the preservation of historical documents.

1 Thank Peregrina651
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

American history is well rooted in Massachuettes and Worcester with it's American Antiquarian Society provides the physical documented proof for all to view. The general public has 1 day a week, with " tours and such " to view it's treasures. Historians, students, authors etc, are encouraged in requesting research time to persue their projects. "A must experiance" in the... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2016

After driving past this many times, finally found out how to take the tour. All I had to do was call. It was that simple and they told me when the next tour would happen. Very cool place.

1 Thank Ken K
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

Not open to the public but tours available when it is. Went quite a while ago but it was amazing. All the artifacs and the way they are preserved and the age of some documents is unbelievable. Call for dates and times it is open to the public. Well worth it.

1 Thank WebsterFoodie
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 27 November 2015

The AAS has the best collection of early American printed material in the world. On the tour you get to see the stacks, normally not open to the public, and what they do with the material. If you're interested in history or libraries like me it's really cool, but it may not be interesting to most people.

1 Thank Alan T
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

If you're into historicalprinted material and history about America before 1876, this is definitely your place. You can go on a free tour for sure that's recommended as you don't get to see a whole lot without one. The building is just gorgeous and there are so many different things to look at. You definitely won't be disappointed!

Thank Bernardo F

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