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Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center at Worcester Reopens

The Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center at Worcester (3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester, MA) has reopened for visitors under the management of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MassDCR). Operating hours are Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In July, representatives from MassDCR and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BHC) were brought together by Senator Michael Moore and Representative Dan Donahue to discuss the reopening of the Worcester Visitor Center and its importance to the community and the region. The Visitor Center opened to the public in October of 2018. Due to COVID, it was closed to the public in March of 2020. 
 “It was a pleasure to visit the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center,” Senator Michael Moore announced after his visit to talk about the reopening. “We discussed the history of the Blackstone Valley and the ways we’re sharing its fascinating stories with residents and visitors alike through interactive exhibits. Thank you to Commissioner Arrigo for your incredible work to preserve the history of this great Commonwealth!”   The Heritage Center houses several hands-on exhibits, telling the nationally significant story of the Blackstone River Valley being the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. In addition, there are a number of outdoor exhibits that interpret history and the natural environment. The Heritage Center is also home to the start of a 2.5-mile segment of the Blackstone River Bikeway that runs to Millbury for a five mile round trip ride.