Holidays at WAM 2017
Live Concerts, decorations, and tours!
Through December 31, 2017
Make WAM part of your holiday traditions! Revel in the Worcester Art Museum's holiday festivities with musical performances and more. Enjoy expanded Shop and Cafe hours, members receive a 20% discount in the museum store.
Enjoy the newly-revamped, historically accurate décor throughout the museum. The new decorations incorporate three main elements that link directly to medieval traditions: holly, ivy, and wheat. For more information about our holiday décor please click here.
Hours and Admission
3rd Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm
(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, December 25, and New Years Day)
The Museum Shop
Open 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm, December 1-24.*
Third Thursday: Dec 21, 10 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 11:30am-2pm
The Season's Most Inspired Gifts
Members receive a 20% discount November 24-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
Brick by Brick: A Community Castle Exhibition
Saturday, December 9 – Sunday February 25
Community exhibition in the Higgins Education Wing
Artists, and LEGO® enthusiasts are encouraged to submit a plastic-brick castle they have created to “Brick by Brick.” This exhibition will display the broad artistic interpretations of this beloved material. Whether the work of art was from a kit or from your own imagination, all entries, from artists of all ages, are welcomed.
Champagne & Shopping in the Museum Shop
Thursday, December 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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 24 – 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.
Worcester Art Museum has a unique array of workshops this December, with more than 25 adult and 40 youth/teen workshops 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 daytime family friendly workshops including Bookmaking and Block Printing. Adults can get creative in the studio too with Open Studio Printmaking, popular options like Street Photography, or a Guest Artist 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.
Free with Museum Admission
Salisbury Singers, Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 10, 2pm
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.
Merrimack Valley Ringers, Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 17, 2pm
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.
Zip Tours – Saturdays at 1pm
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 Tour of the Month:
December 2 and 16 – Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England
Tour this exciting exhibition featuring the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer's time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer's art as purely American in subject and style. Tour begins in Lancaster Welcome Center. Free with Museum Admission.
Saturday Family Tour
Saturday, December 2, 10:30-11am
These brief intergenerational tours take place on the first Saturday of each month; this tour will have a winter theme. Free with Museum admission.