Living museums enchant history buffs with a glimpse into the past, a time when suits of armor roamed freely and paintings discussed the relative merits of abstract expressionism. Engage with animated artifacts with today's Groupon to Old Sturbridge Village. Children under 3 get free admission to Old Sturbridge Village, and tickets for youth ages 3–17 are $7 each. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get an adult general-admission ticket (up to a $20 value).
• For $19, you get two adult general-admission tickets (up to a $40 value).
A living history museum of more than 40 historic buildings, including homes, a school, a bank, and a shoe shop, Old Sturbridge Village executes an authentic portrayal of New England daily life between 1790 and 1840. Throughout the 200-acre museum, costumed history interpreters perform the work of a 19th century New England community: plowing fields, baking bread in a fireplace oven, and fashioning iron horse socks in the smithy. Visitors can browse antiques, tour heirloom gardens, and engage their eyes with a variety of exhibitions and events. For instance, during Textile Weekend (August 13–14), a spate of specialized activities explores women's roles as textile producers, the effect of mass textile manufacturing, and the most effective ways to build forts with blankets.
Although not included in today’s Groupon, museum patrons can jostle along on a stagecoach ride or occupy idle fingers with hands-on craft lessons for an additional fee (see website for full schedule). Visitors who return to Old Sturbridge Village within 10 days can re-enter for free. Admission also includes free parking for visitors and free sun-tanning for automobiles.
Old Sturbridge Village normally offers active military personnel with I.D. a 50% discount and guests in their party a 25% discount. Guests of second-day visitors normally receive a 25% discount.
Old Sturbridge Village
In 1935, the Wells family sought out a place to display their massive collection of New England antiquities. When they couldn't find one that was sufficient, they decided to build a museum. Since its founding, Old Sturbridge Village—a living-history museum with its own rich history—has granted visitors a chance to experience New England life in the 19th-century firsthand.
As they navigate a town and rustic countryside filled with 40 historic buildings, including an old schoolhouse, mansion homes, and three water-powered mills, visitors encounter heritage farm animals and interpreters in period costume. At regular times throughout the day, specific sites become interactive. A shoemaker cobbles a new pair of shoes, a blacksmith submerges steaming hunks of metal, and a soldier makes lifelike musket sounds with his mouth—all for the benefit of live audiences. Throughout the year, events such as cooking and craft-making classes further enhance the educational experience.