The Worchester Historical Museum showcases local history with a library of 7,000 titles and exhibits full of artifacts such as Civil War Era diaries, colonial weapons, and antique textiles. The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, which have included students' artwork honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and stories from innovators of workers in the history of Worcester.
EcoTarium’s three floors of exhibits creatively use wildlife, scientific concepts, and the museum’s natural history collection to help children discover the natural world. "Cyberchase—The Chase Is On!", a new interactive exhibit based on the PBS KIDS GO! math mystery cartoon and running for a limited time, allows visitors to protect the virtual universe by cunningly solving puzzles and math problems. "Bubbles," a seasonal exhibit, lets children discover different bubble shapes and stand inside a humungous bubble. Many animals such as a polar bear, bald eagles, and otters frolic peaceably within the museum grounds, which also features 55 acres of nature trails. Regular museum events, a digital planetarium, and free parking are also available.
The four-story Higgins Armory Museum details the long history of weapons and warfare across the world, delighting imaginations with thousands of historical swords, armor, and early firearms. The Gothic-inspired Great Hall features ancient arms and armor, tools of war from around the world, and an entire section devoted to medieval tournaments, including both jousting and fantasy jousting. Blending the mythology of several world cultures with sci-fi art, Beyond Belief follows the curious journal of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, a scientist exploring the weird aspects of time and space with fun, fictional exhibits such as gargoyle skeletons and the Miniscule Winged Specimen Influxator, a vacuum designed for trapping fairies.
For more than 20 years, students of English riding have flocked to Four Winds Farm’s sprawling grounds, which encompass five paddocks, three spacious barns, and both indoor and outdoor riding venues. The licensed coaches impart the fundamentals of English riding during private and group sessions, which can help build confidence in novices perched atop gentle lesson horses or finesse the technique of show riders. Horse owners can also stable their steeds in the farm’s barn, thanks to a boarding program in which horses are fed and turned out daily to ensure that their muscle memories retain rider-friendly motions.
Boasting a giant, new insulated indoor riding arena, two outdoor rings, and 20 pastures, Maplewood Farm has plenty to offer horses and humans alike. The farm offers customized training programs and riding lessons for students of all ages, with a focus on both fun and safety.
With the largest collection of Russian icons in North America, this museum gives its visitors a glimpse into an important part of Russian culture in play since the year 998. It houses more than 500 Russian artifacts, and also encompasses a research library and archive with a collection that spans six centuries. Onsite classes let interested parties delve even more deeply into the artifacts’ context and history, and the three-story building’s elevators and other amenities render it fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and on unicycles. Today, the museum spans 16,000 square feet and includes an old mill building, though over the years it has expanded to encompass extra gallery space, a tea room, and a performance area dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.