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Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

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A very interesting place to spend a couple or more hours being close to history

First off - don’t get frustrated trying to find the place. Address is on Moody but located in the... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Oakville, Ontario
Yes! So great. Go here. No really.

My favorite museum in the Boston area, which is actually quite a feat. Something for everyone here... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Caleb K
Boston, Massachusetts
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Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.
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154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
+1 781-893-5410
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

First off - don’t get frustrated trying to find the place. Address is on Moody but located in the factory building south of the bridge. Follow website instructions - or look for the smokestack. decent parking behind the theatre and walk across foot bridge. Well...More

Thank Lanceoak
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

My favorite museum in the Boston area, which is actually quite a feat. Something for everyone here with detailed history in easy-to-look-at exhibits So interesting the stuff to be learned.The memorabilia here is impressive, the quantity and realizing people 200 years ago were doing these...More

Thank Caleb K
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Great time learning about the Industrial Revolution in Massachusetts today. We were greeted by Elena and she gave us the history of the museum, the Boston Associates and the engineers that were instrumental in the manufacturing that originated in the area. She advised us as...More

1  Thank comet_mc
Reviewed 17 May 2018

A little tricky to find, but what a great display of the inventions that powered the economic boom in late 19th and early 20th century America!

Thank Edgrrr242
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Hard to find (the signs leading around the vast building in which the museum sits, in ground/basement rooms at the back), and neglected-looking once discovered, this small, apparently dramatically underfunded museum offers a memorable and interesting experience nonetheless. The interesting setting (site of one starting-point...More

Thank murrayhiller
Reviewed 21 January 2018

This place is occupies the location of the world's first factory and is the epitome of American ingenuity. The museum showcases the many mechanical inventions which made America the Global leader of industry.

Thank Vincent V
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is not a huge place, nor a block-buster of a museum, but if you like to look, really look, at how things run, or were made, this is a really interesting place. Some of the staff working here are happy to show you how...More

1  Thank BARBARA M
Reviewed 2 January 2018

This is a great museum and features both static and working exhibits. Though some of the area was blocked off, much of it was viewable while we were there and I enjoyed the broad array of exhibits. They are nicely presented with plenty of room...More

Thank JAMESknoxville
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Interesting local historical museum that also doubles as an event space. Lot's of information and displays that transport you back in time. Worth a quick visit to appreciate the local contributions toward textile, auto, watch making etc, Pleasant staff.

Thank PeacefulSoul2
Reviewed 27 November 2017

A small museum staffed by knowledgeable people with a great affection for the history of local industries such as textiles, watch making, early bicycles and autos. Allow 45 to 60 minutes. Near good eateries and the lovely Charles River pathwsy.

Thank denise g
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