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Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
+1 781-893-5410
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An absolute jewel

A little tricky to find, but what a great display of the inventions that powered the economic boom... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Edgrrr242
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Athens, Georgia
A HIDDEN (SEMI-PRECIOUS) GEM

Hard to find (the signs leading around the vast building in which the museum sits, in... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2018
murrayhiller
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Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.
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  • Average12%
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154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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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

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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
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Reviewed 2 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

Thank BARBARA M
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Reviewed 1 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

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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.

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Reviewed 26 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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Reviewed 22 August 2017

A wonderful treasure trove of historical facts and artifacts that traces the Industrial Revolution in America through the lens of Waltham area businesses and innovators. I am constantly surprised at what a major role Waltham had in various industries: not just watches and clocks, but...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Fine collection of 19th and early 20th century machines, vehicles and tools, exhibited in a wonderful 19th century waterpower factory. Provides a good overview of the industrialization process in Waltham. The museum is small, slightly expensive for its size ($10), but the...More

Thank Coen M
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

What a cool place. We were guests at a wedding there and it was fascinating. We can't wait to go back and explore more carefully soon.

Thank Helen S
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