Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is a private non-profit institution devoted to the local history of Worcester. It includes a research library of books and news-clippings, an archive of manuscripts, genealogy and ephemera, a collection of museum artifacts; all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of WHM’s holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcester’s industrial past including early wooden ware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.


Admission to the research library is free with Museum admission fee. Researchers can determine if WHM has material relevant to their project by contacting the librarian  in advance. Free parking on the Chestnut St side, behind the museum.

Appointments are strongly recommended for the viewing of any archival manuscript collections, maps, and photographs.

Students at the middle school level or younger must be attended by an adult, such as a teacher or parent, and that the teacher or parent call ahead to discuss briefly the nature of the student’s project with library staff.  Professors and instructors of undergraduate and graduate classes who would like to schedule a class visit to the library should contact the Librarian.

Worcester Historical Museum, first floor
30 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609

By Appointment: Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact Information
Phone: 508-753-8278 ext. 105
Mail: Research Library at the above address
Fax: 508-753-9070