What Are the Rules for Touring Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts?


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For the safety of visitors and the animals at Sturbridge Village, approaching, touching or feeding the livestock is forbidden. Eating and drinking is not permitted in some buildings, and guests are asked not to walk or climb on fences, walls and trees. Pets, firearms, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco are also not allowed. Personal photography without tripods and service animals are permitted.

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The Sturbridge Village website recommends that visitors wear good walking shoes, as historic roads may be muddy. As an outdoor living history site, visitors should expect to spend time outdoors. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. The museum recommends that visitors allow at least three hours for a trip, as an average visit can take between three to five hours, and that they check the daily schedule, posted at the village's website, to plan the trip. Sturbridge Village encourages visitors to return a second day, and free second-day admission is included in the ticket price. Find full recommendations and rules for visitors on Old Sturbridge Village’s website.

School field trips and adult and youth groups have special rates, recommendations and requirements. Detailed information regarding the planning of a school field trip is available online, as is information about adult, scout, and homeschool groups.

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