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Museum L-A

35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
+1 207-333-3881
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Well worth the visit!

Our tour guide through the museum (Robert) gave an excellent presentation on the town's history... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
joiedev
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Lewiston, Maine
Thoughtful and Thorough History of Community

My colleague and I stopped by the museum, knowing that it's closed on Mondays, just to see if there... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Cathalijne A
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Museum 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. Gallery exhibits feature the rich heritage of the Lewiston-Auburn Maine community in relation to the amazing history of mill workers, shoe workers, and the brickyard 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
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+1 207-333-3881
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Our tour guide through the museum (Robert) gave an excellent presentation on the town's history, technical innovations of the Mills as well an overview of the diverse immigrant populations that have contributed to the city's landscape. The tour included some wonderful hands on explanation on...More

Thank joiedev
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and very positive rating. We are happy that you enjoyed your tour with Robert who is truly knowledgeable about our local community's history. We are excited to see the future exhibits in our gallery and permanent...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

My colleague and I stopped by the museum, knowing that it's closed on Mondays, just to see if there were perhaps some informational material available outside the building. To our great fortune, Kathy, the museum's development director, was incredibly kind and offered to guide us...More

Thank Cathalijne A
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello Cat, It was my pleasure to offer you both a tour. You can't imagine how much we appreciate your very positive feedback and rating. We truly have a hidden gem in our community, and we love to share the stories of the people who...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The experience at Museum LA far exceeded our expectations. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about giving us the tour. We were impressed with the quality of the exhibits and the details that were covered. My parents and many people I know worked at...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hello Jean, I just realized that I hadn't responded to your message and very positive rating! Thank you so much for sharing about your experience. We are a small but very powerful museum with the stories about the people who worked within the walls of...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

A FUN time for my boy & I. Great little tour!!! We learned about L/A & a lot about the Mill & all that took place. Really cool to step back in time a bit & see how things were once done if our community...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for the very positive review! I am happy that you and your son enjoyed visiting Museum L-A. Our local history is amazing with the talent, skill and grit of the people who worked within the walls of the mills and...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

It was unexpected treasure we found in our own backyard. We had said from time to time we wanted to go here and check it out. It turned into our own private tour of the history of our community. It was amazing to walk in...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Hello Lynn, Thank you so much for your wonderful rating and comment! We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Museum L-A. Our museum is an unexpected treasure, and we often hear from local people that they should have visited us sooner. Please encourage...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

A great story is told inside the beautiful historical mill! If you live in the area, there is no good excuse not to visit Museum L-A. Learning more about Lewiston's history was interesting, being in the space where much of it happened, very cool! There...More

Thank Amanda C
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

We are honored that you gave us the highest rating of 5 and for your very positive comments! We really do have great stories to tell, and we hear more every day from people who visit our museum. Thank you so much for taking the...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Wonderful opportunity to tour the old mill building as well as see the textile machinery, designs and drafting procedures with the old cards, or as my daughter said 'the ancestors to the early computers. Amazing history and great tales of the area. This little museum...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you so much for your 5-star rating and your positive comments! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour of Museum L-A and that you had an opportunity to hear about the grit, ethics, and quality of the work performed by the mill,...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Had a wonderful time here, got a private tour of the second floor which provided very interesting history of the general area and how Auburn and Lewiston grew around the Bates Mill. The information was entertaining and very informative, and the space is very beautiful...More

Thank Vincent M
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Hello Vincent! We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour and visit to Museum L-A. As you learned, we are very proud of the history and heritage of the mill workers, shoe workers, brick layers, and our community. They are a shining example of the...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

With some time to kill in Lewiston last week, I decided to drop by the Museum L-A. As it was mid afternoon on a weekday, I found myself as the lone visitor. I was treated to a guided tour by Rob, one of the staff...More

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Rachel D, Manager at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks Roy. People are usually all surprised as to what they find once they come in and the wealth of information our tour guides have to offer and share. We do have a very rich history here and I marvel every day as I see...More

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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
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