Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
Other Ideas: Paul Revere House; Peabody Essex Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA); Harvard Museum of Natural History; Concord Museum
Located on the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, Museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as America's first factory.
Hear the tale of Francis Cabot Lowell, who risked life and fortune when he secretly memorized plans for English power looms, then developed a system of manufacturing that propelled the newly-formed United States to the top of world's industrial might.
Learn about the fabled Waltham Watch Company, which perfected the process of mass production as it produced more than 40 million watches during 100 years of operation. Waltham continues to be known internationally as the 'Watch City.'
Experience the room-shaking uproar of vintage precision machinery in operation, powered in the traditional manner by overhead line shafts.
Inspire your own Yankee ingenuity. Visit us soon!
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $5
Students (full-time with ID) $5
Children (6 and under) Free
Members and US Military Active and Retired Free
Guests of Members $5
154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453 map
Parking: in City of Waltham Municipal Parking Lot (off of Pine Street, across the river from the museum.
By Car: From I-95/Route 128, take exit 26 (Route 20 east). Follow Route 20 east for approximately 1.6 miles, and before Waltham Common turn right onto Moody Street. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Pine Street. Turn left into the City of Waltham Municipal Parking Lot. Park your car and cross the footbridge over the Charles River. Take a right on the brick walkway and proceed to the museum entrance at the end of the walkway.
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