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“Surprises to be found in Worcester Art Museum”

Worcester Art Museum
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Worcester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This central Massachusetts museum houses a collection that includes works by European and American artists as well as Asian, Greek, and Roman art.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Although we had stopped in Worcester a few times, we had never visited the Art Museum. Although there was some renovation in progress, it was easy to get around and to find the collections we chose to look at. It is bigger than we expected, with significant collections, not just of American paintings, which is what we did expect to find. There are a couple of earlier Albert Bierstadt's to appreciate, for example. Chinese, Islamic art as well and some ancient sculpture. Of course, there is a fairly large collection of european art from most eras. The great surprise was that on the day after we were there, an opening of a show was scheduled for a painting WAM had had for a very long time about which there had been dispute, but now it seems there is close to certitude that it is a Da Vinci. They had also from the Louvre a companion painting by Da Vinci as well as another painting from the studio he worked at. We were able to peek into this room to see all three and to read some of the wall text. This was a most interesting part of our very happy visit. Oh, and by the way, we had a very nice lunch at the Museum Cafe.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

besides SMP's Sailshadestudios (see her .com). Right size to see most in a couple hours, including wonderful 15C portrait, and a robust American (SW) wing, 2nd Floor, as well as a sculpture garden abutting the cafe, featuring the 7' spherical piece by Pomodoro, a Milanese--where my daughter's husband sold sculpture for decades. Also recommend the Museum store as you enter, which includes the book Parodies Lost, with great SMP art and parodies honoring Tom Weiskel, Harold Bloom's favorite young colleague at Yale.

Thank Jim J
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Worcester Art Museum has a nice collection of different types of art (paintings, sculpture, etc. It recently acquired the wonderful Higgins Armory Museum collection of midieval armored suits.

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We live in nyc but when we go Massachusetts we try to visit WAM.
The Roman mosaics are exceptionally beautiful, the armor is great and the art collection, while not enormous is excellent.

We’re big fans and highly recommend the museum.

By the way the cafe is also excellent.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We went to see the Winslow Homer exhibit before it closed. It was wonderful! But the wonder did not end there. WAM is truly a treasure. The exhibit halls are properly lighted and seating is available in most to provide rest and a place to enjoy the amazing collection. We inadvertently went on a free admission day so it was quite busy, but still enjoyable.

Thank Jon H
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