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Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

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Address: 154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
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Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and...

Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.

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A great place to visit with children when the New England Model Engineering Society holds their annual show.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 games.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 came alive here!

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Thank TravelinJoe47
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles 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. The staff knows very little about anything, lacks enthusiasm and training. It would be great... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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

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Saugus, MA
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Wonderful small museum. Great way to learn the history of the area and the industrial revolution. A not to be missed museum. Also Moody St is full of great restaurants.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This museum has displays Waltham watches(used in World War II) and odds and ends from a older mechanical age. I took my rather young grandson there twice, who loved being able to push buttons and see things actually respond. He could ring a huge bell and enter an old phone booth. The museum was small enought yo be manageable. The... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

This museum is small (compared to the Museum of Science in Boston or Aquarium). However, there is a huge amount of different and interesting things. There are lots of time pieces, and mechanical artifacts, and the place changes it's displays and items around a good bit, so it always seems new and interesting. It's very close to the Waltham public... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

This is a quirky place... if you're a bit geeky, you'll find all sorts of old machines to enjoy... and learn about Waltham watches too!

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

This museum offer real insight into an exciting era when there was confidence in mechanical invention. Working manufacturing tools, automobile and bicycle were made along the technology highway and power source of this golden age. It is small enough where you can make it a a short or long visit and not get overwhelmed. Easy access by car, by foot... More 

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