Old Sturbridge Village announces reopening dates, new offers and safety procedures

  • Old Sturbridge Village OSV

Published: 6/29/2020 5:21:16 PM
Modified: 6/29/2020 5:21:12 PM

STURBRIDGE — Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) will be reopening its front gate admission to the public on July 4, offering a new advance ticketing and online reservation system that books guests by time block for arrival to the village. The opening will follow a “soft launch” by the village to members only, during the dates of July 1-3.

Using the new online reservation system, guests will be required to purchase tickets online at https://www.osv.org/plan-your-visit/ and select one of three time blocks per day for arrival: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Once in the village, visitors are welcome to stay until the museum closes at 5 p.m. Members will continue to receive free admission based upon membership level but must still reserve their time slot in advance.

OSV will welcome “Kids FREE” during the month of July, with up to three kids age 17 and younger admitted FREE into the village when accompanied by an adult paying full standard daytime admission. Advance reservation must be made for all attending guests, including those under the age of 17. Kids FREE in July is generously sponsored by partner and longtime supporter Country Bank.

Visitors with a complimentary admission pass or special discount of any kind should call the Old Sturbridge Village visitor center at 508-347-0213 or email visitorcenter@osv.org to reserve their date and time of entry.

Old Sturbridge Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, rain or shine. Available tickets and time slots will be released each week on Wednesday for the following two weeks, with tickets currently available online through Sunday, July 12.

With the goal to provide a safe environment for all village staff and visitors, Old Sturbridge Village has re-adapted indoor programs for viewing outside of their historic homes and trade shops, and created a series of new programs featuring outdoor demonstrations and activities from the time period. Costumed historians will be interpreting throughout the village welcoming visitors to learn through this new and adapted programming and continuing to go about village life — tending fields and gardens and caring for Old Sturbridge Village’s heritage breed animals. Visitors are asked to follow state guidelines and wear face coverings or masks while at Old Sturbridge Village, especially when interacting with staff and other visitors.

Dining

Dining will be available for guests who visit Old Sturbridge Village at Bullard Tavern Café, open on-site with a revised special menu that can be purchased and enjoyed outside. New in 2020, OSV has partnered with Boston’s Best Coffee Roasters to bring cold brew coffee and nitro cold brew coffee to the Bullard Tavern. Starting with a carefully crafted blend of the finest Central and South American beans, roasted to perfection, Boston’s Best steep the roasted and ground beans for 16-18 hours to slowly extract a silky smooth, delicious tasting coffee that guests can enjoy once in the village.

Lodging

The Reeder Family Lodges at Old Sturbridge Village have begun taking reservations for July 4th weekend and beyond. The lodges offer a unique overnight experience and a way for guests to continue their village experience, with limited contact check-in and outdoor entrances that lead directly to rooms, minimizing the chance of guest-to-guest contact.

In July, The Reeder Family Lodges will be offering a members-only room rate special for $39 for a Sunday-Thursday stay or $49 for a Friday-Saturday stay. Valid in July 2020 only, members can call 508-347-5056 to book (must have their member ID number ready upon booking).

Coggeshall Farm Museum

Old Sturbridge Village announced a historic partnership in January 2020 with Coggeshall Farms Museum, as their new administrative arm and operating partner. Coggeshall, located in Bristol, R.I., will also be opening to the public on July 4th weekend with reciprocal membership for all current and new members of Old Sturbridge Village. Members to OSV and Coggeshall Farm Museum can also take advantage of $39/$49 lodging deals for a “close to home getaway” when visiting.

https://www.osv.org/plan-your-visit/.


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