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“We do not go to Art Museums for political statements”

Worcester Art Museum
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Worcester
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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.
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“We do not go to Art Museums for political statements”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We've been going to Worcester every year since 2001, and every year at the top of our list, is a visit to this Museum of Art. We have loved it. Found solace, tranquility, peace and calmness there, especially since we come to Worcester to deal with a stressful situation. Being among the masterpieces in this museum, with the very nice and helpful staff, was a "day off" from the troubled world, and a rest for the soul.

Not so this time. We were terribly disappointed and will not be coming again. (Except to eat lunch, as the restaurant café is TOPS in our book !)

Number 1. The Guns without Borders exhibit has NO place here in this Art Museum. Don't tell me that with all the museums in the area, there is no other venue for it ! If it NEEDS to be displayed, why not at a university. We live one hour from the border, we read about the violence daily in our local newspaper, and see it on our local news. There is much more to the story than firearms smuggled from the USA. A totally one sided view is presented at the WAM. No thank you. Next year, why not then prepare an exhibit about all the young people being murdered by firearms in Chicago. Open your daily paper, and you will see and read about much violence everywhere. What is the reason to have such an exhibit in a Museum of Art? AND, among the Knights of all places ! We went to the Higgins Armory last year, and there were so many items there. Why not display more items from the Higgins, instead? We were totally unprepared for this here.

Number 2. We always thought that this was a very classy museum. What classy museum would have "Keep your Paws off" written all over the Knights exhibit? That is so tacky, it is unbelievable ! So discourteous and offensive to patrons.

Number 3. We realize that this is some sort of experiment, but the "Remastered" (or remastering" ) galleries are very annoying. As we are museum addicts, we are quite familiar with many of the paintings and art works in those rooms. Do not need to be told who painted them, yet, there is comfort in seeing the plaque alongside a painting, with the Title, Artist and Year. We know this is the "Digital Age", but............................................................this type of presentation is more than annoying.

Next year, will find another place to spend our day off, as this Museum is now off our list of things to visit.

Visited June 2014
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“The Cultural Gem of Central Massachusetts”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

From the most significant 17th c. American portraits anywhere, to masterpieces by Greco and Monet (the first American museum to purchase a Monet) including one of his "Waterlilies", to the country's finest Roman mosaics to one of America's outstanding collections of Japanese prints, the Worcester Art Museum is an artistic and architectural wonder (check out the 12th c. French monastic chapter house)! The cafe and shop, though small, are delightful.

Visited July 2014
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North Andover, Massachusetts
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“First time visit”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We specifically came to see the Knights exhibit from the Higgins Museum that has since closed. Due to limited space they cannot show all of the acquisitions from the Higgins. However, it was interesting and informative. They had several staff members in the area that could answer any of your questions. They were well informed. The only objection that we had was an exhibit in an alcove of the Knights that portrayed violence in today's world. In my opinion it was too graphic to be placed within the gallery. It did have a sign warning about the exhibit, but we didn't see it. If I had my grandchildren with me, I wouldn't want them exposed to these images.
Later we went on a docent tour which was very interesting and we learned a little about the Museum's collection.
It's a place to visit multiple times. We would recommend the Worcester Art Museum, just be aware of the addition to the Knights exhibit.

Visited June 2014
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“A Source of Elation and Enrichment”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

A few days ago,I visited this delightful art museum worthy of my accolades.Considering Worcester is a medium-sized city and it is overshadowed by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts,it is excellent.I saw its splendid collection of European paintings by famous masters like;Paolo Veneziano,Andrea Del Sarto,El Greco,Rembrandt(Saint Bartholomew"),Frans Hals,Thomas Gainesborough,Jean Corot,Claude Monet("Waterloo Bridge"),Pierre Renoir,and Paul Gauguin,among others.There also were excellent paintings by less famous European Masters like;Taddeo di Bartolo,Piero di Cosimo,Quentin Metsys,Pieter Saendredam,Pieter Neefs and Frans Francken,Hubert Robert,Edward Bourne-Jones,and Georges Roault,among others.I relished its splendid collection of Early American paintings,especially their paintings by John Copley,Ralph Earl,Gilbert Stuart,and John Vanderlyn.I also saw its wonderful Roman Mosaics from Antioch,depicting a hunter hunting for exotic animals and Two ancient mythological gods.Their French Medieval priory from a French monastery was also special.This art museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays.Things are arranged in an appealing manner with a plethora of information.

Visited June 2014
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“No”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This art museum rarely has stuffs to appreciate. Guides were useless for her knowledge and the cafe is definately a joke - not tasty, overpriced. Mediocre at best.

Visited July 2013
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