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    Thank you!

    Thank you for making Holidays at WAM 2013 a great event. See our most recent Holidays at WAM!

    Live Concerts, Family Activities, Tours & More!

    Beginning November 29, 2013

    The holiday season and new year are a time for resolutions.
    We recommend putting the Worcester Art Museum at the top of your list.
    -Al Southwick, Telegram & Gazette 11/24/13

    The Worcester Art Museum evokes the spirit of the season during this special time of year. Join us and enjoy festive live concerts in the Renaissance Court, special seasonal children's programming, decorations inside and outside the Museum, and expanded Shop and Café hours.

    Sponsored by


    Gallery Hours

    Wednesday-Friday: 11am-5pm
    3rd Thursday of every month: 11am-8pm
    Saturday: 10am-5pm
    Sunday: 11am-5pm
    (Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and December 25)

    The Museum Shop

    Open 7 days a week
    December 1st-December 24th
    11am - 5pm (Third Thursday: Dec 19, 11 am - 8pm)

    The Museum Café

    Expanded hours!
    Open Wednesday through Sunday
    (Closed December 25 and 29)

    Gift Wrapping

    on purchases made in the Museum Shop, provided by the Members’ Council, 12-3:30pm, after each of the concerts, December 1, 8, 15, and 22.

    Member Benefits

    Members Discounts

    20% off in the Museum Shop from Nov 29 – December 29

    WAM will offer a 20% members discount (one time only) in the gift shop to Higgins Armory members. Must show Higgins membership card at checkout.

    Membership Incentive

    Buy one Membership, get one half off – during December
    Buy one Membership, get one free – Black Friday (Nov. 29) and Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) ONLY.

    Free Gift Wrapping

    December 1, 8, 15, and 22
    Members Receive free gift wrapping with a purchase in the Museum Shop.
    Sponsored by WAM Members Council.

    Not a member?

    Click here to sign up today!

    Shop WAM

    The Season's Most Inspired Gifts

    Connect to the world of art and the museum experience by shopping in the “BEST GALLERY SHOP” as voted by Worcester Living Fall 2013.  Members receive a 20% discount December 1-24.  Spend $100.00 or more after discount and receive a FREE  WAM Cookbook II!

    Open 7 days a week, December 1st-December 24th.  Bonus:  Your purchase-helps support the Museum and its programs!



    Zip Tours

    Saturdays at Noon
    Fast-paced docent-led gallery talks designed to offer a short but in-depth view of a single work or artist. Celebrate the season with these holiday themed tours. Free with Museum admission.
    November 30: Lady Warwick and her Son
    December 7: Gilbert Stuart & Friends
    December 14: Skating on the Pond: Winter Scene by Adriaen Van de Venne
    December 21: The Madonna of Humility by Zanobi Strozzi
    December 28: Japanese Screen for the New Year

    Public Tours

    Every Sunday from December 1st-December 22nd, public tours will be offered after each live holiday performance.
    These hour-long tours offer an overview of the permanent collection. Tours will leave from the Salisbury Street entrance and are free with Museum admission.

    Tour of the Month:
    Winter in Art

    Wednesday, December 18
    & Saturday, December 21, 2pm
    This always-popular Tour of the Month will guide you through the many treasures in the WAM collection that feature depictions of winter. Free with Museum Admission.

    Audio Tour

    A self-guided audio tour of some of the Museum's greatest treasures is available at the Visitor Service Representative Desks at the Lancaster and Salisbury Street Entrances. Now offered in English and Spanish! Free for members.

    Self-Guided Tours

    Several new self-guided thematic tours are available at the Visitor Service Representative Desks at the Lancaster and Salisbury Street Entrances. Just in time for Holidays at WAM: a Salisbury Family tour, developed in partnership with Worcester Historical Museum. Free with Museum Admission and also available online.

    For Families

    Saturday Family Tours

    are offered every Saturday from 10:30-11am. These brief intergenerational tours will have a winter theme during the month of December. Free with Museum admission.

    Saturday Family Make Art!

    activities are offered every Saturday at 11 am. During the month of December, these special hands-on artmaking projects will have a holiday flair. Materials provided. Free with Museum admission..

    Friday Children's Story Time

    December 6, 13, and 20, 11am
    Our popular preschool story time continues with a wonderful series of readings in WAM's galleries. Listen to an age-appropriate story read by a faculty member, and view a related work of art. The Holidays at WAM sessions will focus on winter and Holiday themes. Meet in the Lancaster Street Lobby. Free with museum admission.



    Alloy Orchestra

    Sunday, December 1, 1:30pm
    [remastered] Gallery
    Alloy Orchestra is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles.

    Alloy Orchestra will collaborate with the Worcester Art Museum to create two musical labels for artworks in the [remastered] exhibition, a reinstallation of the Baroque galleries. The original musical score they create to highlight The Vision of St. Jerome and Veronese’s Venus Disarming Cupid will be performed live at the museum. They will also perform improvisational music in the museum's spectacular [remastered] gallery creating a unique piece of musical art in response to this magical space and its art.

    Join us for this exciting first at the museum.



    youth ballet of worcester

    The Youth Ballet of Worcester Company of Ballet Arts Worcester

    Sunday, December 8, 2:30 -3:15pm
    Renaissance Court
    Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season as The Youth Ballet of Worcester presents classical repertory from The Nutcracker and preview their contemporary works for the 2014 season.




    Salisbury Singers

    Sunday, December 15, 2pm
    Renaissance Court
    Salisbury Singers, a mixed chorus of selected volunteers under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Michelle Graveline, is now in its 40th season. The chorus is dedicated to the enhancement of cultural life in Worcester and Central Massachusetts as well as to the musical growth of its individual members. This special Holiday concert is always a popular event at WAM.




    Ghanaian Choir of Wesley United Methodist Church

    Sunday, December 22, 1:30-2:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    The Ghanaian Choir will perform a wide variety of uplifting hymns and anthems in both Twi and English.


    Sunday Sermons

    Continual Enlightenment: The Vision of Saint Jerome & Age
    Sunday, December 8, 1:30pm
    Michelle Putnam, Professor, Simmons College

    WAM Talks

    A Screen for the New Year: Pines and Plum Blossoms
    Thursday, December 5, Noon
    Louise Virgin, Curator of Asian Art, WAM

    Misconceptions about Islam
    Wednesday, December 11, noon
    Ihab Dabbagh, Islamic Society of Greater Worcester

    A Bahá'í Perspective of the Arts
    Thursday, December 12, noon
    Leader Eugenio Marcano, Bahá'í Faith of Worcester


    Tuesday, December 31
    Participate in all of the great First Night Worcester events that are happening around the city.
    firstnightworcester.org for more information