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    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 firstnightworcester.org. 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. www.mvringers.org

    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. www.worcesterhills.wordpress.com

    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