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Museum LA

35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
+1 207-333-3881
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Social and Industrial history of Lewiston

Excellent locally-run museum housed in historical mill building. Tells the story of the Bates (and... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
David P
Very interesting

I visited the museum in both its locations and I think they do a great job telling the story of old... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Concord, New Hampshire
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8Museum L-A documents and celebrates the economic, social and technological legacy of Lewiston-Auburn and its people. Engaging exhibits, programs and special events for all ages connect history and generations - past, present and future. Current special exhibit focuses on the shoemaking industry - its history and continued presence. Future exhibits will feature the rich history of music as a local industry as well as its prominence in the region's culture and influence.
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35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
+1 207-333-3881
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Excellent locally-run museum housed in historical mill building. Tells the story of the Bates (and other) textile mills with thoughtful consideration of the accompanying social history. Our visit explained a lot about how Lewiston/Auburn came to be what it is today. A personal guided tour...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I visited the museum in both its locations and I think they do a great job telling the story of old industrial Lewiston/Auburn. My family worked in the mills, three generations that I know of (might have gone back farther but I'm not sure). My...More

Thank 761joycea
Reviewed 23 April 2016

The mill history of Maine spans centuries, family generations. It was lifeblood. To the extreme, it could consume lives, loves. Bates Mill Complex manufactured bedspreads here seemingly forever. Then one day, they stopped. Forever. Robert relates this story, this history, this panorama with an insightful...More

1  Thank helios5356
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Old, sad, and depressing to think children had to work in the mill for little pay. Or, adults for that matter with no air condition. I suppose they were happy to have a job, but I see it as hell. The lady who runs the...More

Thank Twokidsonedog
Reviewed 3 December 2014

The displays are very interesting about the old mill town and the culture of the area. The place is very cold (it is an old mill) and some of the rooms are a little bare, but it is worth a visit if you're a history...More

Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This little museum is worth your time. The exhibits change regularly and the hosts/hostesses have lots of additional info.

Thank Docvml
Reviewed 8 May 2013

Nice presentation of written information. Bring on more exhibits!!! Interaction, things to see/do..... It is a rich city, lots of history, written word is good, but does not draw people.

Thank barbara a
Reviewed 14 March 2013

I nice start to what premisses to be a great museum. They will be moving in the next year or 2, to what looks like a great location. Nice to see, read and hear about the community and the people who built it. It's a...More

Thank slalemand
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Museum LA Is a great way to learn about the history of Lewiston and the Bates Mills Complex. Housed in one of the former mill buildings the Museum features an interesting collection of memorabilia.

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Changing exhibits of work and history of the Lewiston-Auburn area....well done and fabulous new museum in the works

Thank crzinn
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