Visiting Information

The Framingham History Center is located in three historic buildings around the Framingham Center Commons: the Edgell Memorial Library, Village Hall, and the Old Academy.

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Edgell Memorial Library – 3 OAK STREET – cIVIL WAR sTATUE IN FRONT

The Edgell Memorial Library and Museum Gift Shop are open by appointment, and for programs and events at various times throughout the year. The offices of the Executive Director Annie Murphy and Development Director Jennifer Toth are located in this building, together with our Museum Gift Shop, permanent Civil War exhibit and revolving exhibits. The phone number at this building is 508-626-9091.

The Old Academy – 16 Vernon Street – (corner of grove)

The Old Academy is the building that many people think of as the “Historical Society”, and it houses a permanent exhibition of Framingham history from 1640-1999.  The Academy is currently open by appointment only by appointment only while we present Shoppers World 1951-1994 at the Edgell Memorial Library. The Academy is open Thursdays-Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment, phone 508-872-3780.  In addition to special collections, the offices of our Curator Dana Dauterman Ricciardi and our research library are located in this building.  Research hours are generally Thursday 10 a.m. -3 p.m., by appointment.  Email research inquiries or appointment requests to research@framinghamhistory.org.

Village Hall – 2 oak street – large white building on southern end of the common

This banquet facility is available for rental.  Visits are arranged by appointment only, by contacting the Rental Coordinator Patsy Rossetti Green at historicvillagehall@gmail.com or 508-308-9291.

Directions to all buildings:

From Mass Pike (I-90) Eastbound take exit 12 onto Route 9 toward Framingham.  Bear right after tolls onto Rte 9 East.  In 2.2 miles take slight right onto ramp toward Edgell Rd.  Take left at light onto Edgell Rd and in .1 miles take left onto Oak St.

From the Mass Pike Westbound take exit 13.  After the tolls bear right onto MA-30 toward Framingham.  After 3 lights Rte 30 merges with Rte. 9 westbound.  Continue through light by Whole Foods (on right) and in 1/4 mile bear right onto ramp with signs for Framingham State University and Rte. 30.  At the light take a right onto Edgell Rd., and your first left is Oak St.

For Edgell Memorial Library – 3 Oak Street:
Take the next left onto Oak St, a one-way road. The first building on the left is the Edgell Memorial Library.

For Village Hall – 2 Oak Street:
Just beyond Oak Street, watch for the entrance to the Village Hall parking lot on the left, just ahead of the Centre Common.

For The Academy – 16 Vernon Street:
Take the next left onto Oak St, a one-way road.  At the end of Oak St, turn right onto Vernon St.  The Academy is approximately 1 / 4 mile on the left,  on the corner of Grove St.

Accessibility & Parking

The Village Hall is not handicap accessible and we are working toward full accessibility in the future. The Old Academy is not handicap accessible. The Edgell Memorial Library has ramp access at the Library Street entrance with handicap parking available. Parking for the Old Academy may be accessed off of Grove Street behind the Jonathan Maynard Building.