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Museum L-A

35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
+1 207-333-3881
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Fascinating History of the Area

Wonderful opportunity to tour the old mill building as well as see the textile machinery, designs... read more

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A Historical Jewel

Had a wonderful time here, got a private tour of the second floor which provided very interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Museum L-A documents and celebrates the economic, social and technological legacy of Lewiston-Auburn and its people. Engaging exhibits, programs and special events for all ages connect history and generations - past, present and future. Gallery exhibits feature the rich heritage of the Lewiston-Auburn Maine community in relation to the amazing history of mill workers, shoe workers, and the brickyard industry as well as its prominence in the region's culture and influence.
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35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful opportunity to tour the old mill building as well as see the textile machinery, designs and drafting procedures with the old cards, or as my daughter said 'the ancestors to the early computers. Amazing history and great tales of the area. This little museum...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a wonderful time here, got a private tour of the second floor which provided very interesting history of the general area and how Auburn and Lewiston grew around the Bates Mill. The information was entertaining and very informative, and the space is very beautiful...More

Thank Vincent M
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Vincent! We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour and visit to Museum L-A. As you learned, we are very proud of the history and heritage of the mill workers, shoe workers, brick layers, and our community. They are a shining example of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With some time to kill in Lewiston last week, I decided to drop by the Museum L-A. As it was mid afternoon on a weekday, I found myself as the lone visitor. I was treated to a guided tour by Rob, one of the staff...More

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Rachel D, Manager at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Roy. People are usually all surprised as to what they find once they come in and the wealth of information our tour guides have to offer and share. We do have a very rich history here and I marvel every day as I see...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Excellent locally-run museum housed in historical mill building. Tells the story of the Bates (and other) textile mills with thoughtful consideration of the accompanying social history. Our visit explained a lot about how Lewiston/Auburn came to be what it is today. A personal guided tour...More

Thank David P
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

I visited the museum in both its locations and I think they do a great job telling the story of old industrial Lewiston/Auburn. My family worked in the mills, three generations that I know of (might have gone back farther but I'm not sure). My...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2016

The mill history of Maine spans centuries, family generations. It was lifeblood. To the extreme, it could consume lives, loves. Bates Mill Complex manufactured bedspreads here seemingly forever. Then one day, they stopped. Forever. Robert relates this story, this history, this panorama with an insightful...More

2  Thank helios5356
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Old, sad, and depressing to think children had to work in the mill for little pay. Or, adults for that matter with no air condition. I suppose they were happy to have a job, but I see it as hell. The lady who runs the...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2014

The displays are very interesting about the old mill town and the culture of the area. The place is very cold (it is an old mill) and some of the rooms are a little bare, but it is worth a visit if you're a history...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This little museum is worth your time. The exhibits change regularly and the hosts/hostesses have lots of additional info.

Thank Docvml
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Nice presentation of written information. Bring on more exhibits!!! Interaction, things to see/do..... It is a rich city, lots of history, written word is good, but does not draw people.

Thank barbara a
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