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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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One of Waltham's Hidden Treasures

A wonderful treasure trove of historical facts and artifacts that traces the Industrial Revolution... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
John B
Waltham, Massachusetts
Nice collection about industrialization

Very friendly staff. Fine collection of 19th and early 20th century machines, vehicles and tools... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Coen M
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
+1 781-893-5410
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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
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
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
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This industrial museum in the city of Waltham is the birthplace and founder of the industrial revolution as we know it.their old cars motorcycles machinery in all of the wonderful industrial revolution aged equipment. A great place for families to visit.

2  Thank Mark J
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This wonderful local museum contains tons of history from the City of Waltham including an impressive collection of artifacts from the Waltham Watch Company AND a very cool old time fire truck!

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I attend the N.EA.M.E.S. show at the Charles River Museum every February and the combination of seeing innovative working models of the members along with the museum displays is an unbeatable combination, particularly if you want to give children a break from their smart phone...More

Reviewed 15 January 2017

My photo club had a shoot here and I was pleasantly surprised with all that was hidden within their walls. Antique vehicles, machinery of all kinds, watches and more watches. I spent two hours walking and reading and clicking away. Great for kids as history...More

Thank TravelinJoe47
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is a small gem. The day we came, the museum was actually closed! But they let us in anyway, and gave us a personal half-hour tour of some of the exhibits. There are some excellent machines on display, extremely interesting!

Thank David R
Reviewed 24 August 2016

If you are into historical mechanical devices or the industrial revolution in America - this is the place for you and me. The volunteers did a great job with a limited budget, only wish they had the money that the Heinz Museum in Pittsburgh had....More

Thank oaktree2015
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very interesting subject (the mill history of Waltham MA ) as well as an interesting rehab of an old factory.

1  Thank genserleslie
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