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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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Awesome Museum

This place is occupies the location of the world's first factory and is the epitome of American... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vincent V
Interesting old machinery and such

This is not a huge place, nor a block-buster of a museum, but if you like to look, really look, at... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
BARBARA M
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Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 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

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 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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Reviewed 23 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 31 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 30 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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Reviewed 11 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.

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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
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