Holidays at WAM 2016

medieval holidays at wam

Sponsored by: interstate-specialty-products

Media sponsors:   wsrs-961


Live Concerts, Family Activities, Tours & More!

Through December 31, 2016

Make WAM part of your holiday traditions! Revel in the Worcester Art Museum's medieval holiday festivities with musical performances, reenactors, special seasonal family programming, and medieval decorations throughout the Museum. Enjoy expanded Shop and Cafe hours, members receive a 20% discount in the museum store. Be sure to visit our giant castle for a selfie fit for a king — or queen!

Hours and Admission

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

The Museum Shop
Open 7 days a week, 11am - 5pm, December 1-24. *
Third Thursday: Dec 15, 11 am - 8pm
*On Mondays and Tuesdays, please enter through the Salisbury Street front doors since access to the shop is limited on days that our WAM galleries are closed.

The Museum Café
Open Wednesday through Saturday

Member Benefits

Member Discounts
20% off in the Museum Shop from November 25-December 24

Membership Incentive
Join or renew in December, get a gift Membership for half price.

Free Gift Wrapping
Visit WAM on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30-8:00pm and finish your holiday shopping; receive free gift wrapping.
Sponsored by the WAM Members Council.
Not a member?
Click here to join today!

Shop WAM

The Season's Most Inspired Gifts
Members receive a 20% discount November 25-December 24.
Open 7 days a week, December 1-24. *
*On Mondays and Tuesdays please enter through the Salisbury Street front doors since access to the shop is limited on days that our WAM galleries are closed.
Learn more about the Museum Shop

Special Events

Gingerbread Castle Competition
Sunday, December 11 - Sunday December 18
Stop by Stephen Salisbury Hall to vote for your favorite castle.
For the third year, the Worcester Art Museum is proud to host the annual Gingerbread Castle Competition. On December 11, and December 14-18, the visiting community will vote on their favorite gingerbread castle. Based on their ballots, the museum will award a Viewer's Choice Award Winner. Judging for professional, amateur, business partner, and youth levels will take place on Sunday, December 18th. Vote for Viewer's Choice Award Winner until 2pm! All awards will be given at the Gingerbread Castle Awards Ceremony on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm.
To be a participant, download the Competition Rules and Registration Form

Champagne & Shopping in the Museum Shop
Thursday, December 15, 5:30-8:00pm
Free gift wrapping
The public is invited to enjoy shopping, live music, cash bar, and complimentary gift wrapping at this special holiday evening event. Museum Members receive a complimentary glass of champagne while shopping. No admission charged for those just visiting the Museum Shop. Free gift wrapping complements of the WAM Members Council. Valet parking is available. Members receive a 20 percent discount November 25—December 24. The Museum Shop is open seven days a week from December 1—24. On Mondays and Tuesdays access to the Shop is via the front doors on Salisbury Street.

December Workshops
Worcester Art Museum has a unique array of workshops this December, with more than 25 to choose from, there is something sure to fit your interests and schedule. Such as Saturday or Sunday workshops for ages 3-17 years, along with many family friendly workshops including Festive Cards and Make Your Own Noise Maker. Adults can get creative in the studio too with Photography, Open Studio Printmaking, and our popular Pet Portrait workshop. Join us in the studio to make one-of-a-kind creations as a gift or as a treat for yourself. Many of our workshops are open to all ages and abilities. Click here for more information.

First Night Worcester
Saturday, December 31, 10am-5pm
WAM is proud to participate in First Night Worcester for another festive year! Admission to museum galleries is with free for anyone with a First Night Worcester button. Additionally, visitors with a First Night button are invited to make a noisemaker for their New Year's celebration in our studios from 1-5pm (visitors without a First Night button can participate in the activity for $5). To purchase a First Night Worcester button, visit First Night Worcester at the Worcester Art Museum is supported by FlexCon.

For Families

Saturday Family Tour
Saturday, December 3, 10:30-11am
These brief intergenerational tours take place on the first Saturday of each month; this tour will have a winter theme. Free.

Saturday Family Make Art!
Saturday, December 3, 11am-11:30am
Follow your Family Tour with hands-on artmaking. Materials provided. Free.

Programs -
Free with Museum Admission

Salisbury Singers
Sunday, December 11, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Salisbury Singers is a mixed chorus of selected volunteers under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Michelle Graveline. Their special Holidays at WAM concert is always a popular event at the Museum. Free with Museum admission.

Medieval Family Weekend
Saturday, December 17, 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 18, 11am-5pm
Museum Wide
WAM celebrates the re-opening of its newly renovated Medieval Galleries with special gallery tours, lots of beautiful new Medieval-styled decorations, back-to-back events and family activities throughout the Museum. The two-day celebration is packed with programs for family and friends including art carts, arms and armor shows, combat demonstrations, musical performances, medieval dance, art making, shopping and more.
See a full schedule of events.

Merrimack Valley Ringers
Saturday, December 17, 2pm
Renaissance Court
The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community hand bell ensemble, delight audiences with their infectious joy, and make it their goal to capture their audience from the first note with their gusto and warmth. Don't miss this favorite of the Holidays at WAM season. Free with Museum admission.

Saint Joseph's Abbey Choir
Sunday, December 18, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Hear the transfixing sounds of early medieval organum and motets in this performance by renowned St. Joseph's Abbey Schola. Free with Museum admission.

Flora Musica, Worcester Hills Recorder Society
Sunday, December 18, 2:30pm
Renaissance Court
The Worcester Hills Recorder Society was founded in 1993. Join them as they make a Holidays at WAM debut. Free with museum admission.

Gingerbread Castle Awards Ceremony
Sunday, December 18, 3:30pm
Salisbury Hall
Join us as we announce the winners of the third annual Gingerbread Castle Competition.
Winners will receive prizes for: People's Choice / Best Youth (12 & under) / Best Professional / Runner up Professional / Best Amateur / Runner up Amateur / Business Partner


Zip Tours
Saturdays at Noon
Celebrate the season with a holiday themed tour. These fast-paced, docent-led gallery talks are designed to offer a short but in-depth view of a single work or artist. Free with Museum admission.
December 3: Northcote: Chess Players
December 10: Bierstadt: Yosemite Falls
December 17: Sampling of Medieval Gallery
December 24: Andrea del Sarto: St. John the Baptist
December 31: Giovanni Moroni: Portrait of a Man

Public Tours
Sundays at 1pm
Every Sunday from December 4-December 18, public tours are offered prior to each live holiday performance. These hour-long tours offer an overview of the permanent collection. Tours will leave from the Salisbury Street Lobby and are free with Museum admission.

December Tour of the Month: Celebrations
Saturday, December 3 and 17, 3pm
During this time of holidays and celebrations, join us to explore different kinds of celebrations, from holidays, to courting, to celebratory gatherings. Tour begins in Lancaster Lobby. Free with Museum Admission.

Curator Tour: Medieval Gallery
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Curator Tour of Medieval Gallery with Jeffrey Forgeng, Medieval Art and Armor Curator

Self-Guided Tours and Family Guides
Self-guided thematic tours and family guides are available at the Visitor Service Representative Desks at the Lancaster and Salisbury Street Entrances. Free with Museum admission.

Enjoy photos from Holidays at WAM 2015


55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(+1) 508-799-4406


Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Third Thursdays until 8pm
For closing days and Shop, Café, and Library hours, see our Hours and Admission page.

WAM member sticker


When you become a Member of the Worcester Art Museum, you join a group of interesting and inquisitive people enjoying a number of great benefits.

Browse Membership levels, benefits and discounts