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Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Official Website:Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
Location:154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Other Ideas: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Boston Museum of Science; Old State House Museum; Montshire Museum of Science; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Charles River Museum of Industry & InnovationThe Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation explores the inventions that powered America into the modern age -- steam engines, generators, timepieces, machine tools, bicycles, automobiles, and hundreds of other gizmos - plus the geniuses who perfected them.

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!


Thursday and Friday, 10:30-3:30, last admission 3:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:30-2:30, last admission 2:00


$10 for Adults aged 18-64
$5 for Children and Teens 6-17, College Students with current ID, Seniors 65 and over, Active Duty Military Personnel
Free for children 5 and under


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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