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Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

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Address: 154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302
Phone Number: +1 617-893-5410
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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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Very nice people, great exhibits

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
David R
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22 reviews
5 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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Thank David R
Irvine, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Thank oaktree2015
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
7 attraction reviews
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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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78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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Thank Misty D
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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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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LexGSR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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Thank LexGSR
Boston
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

For young boys or any one that enjoys mechanical thing and seeing how thing work. This is the museum to go to. We went to one of their open houses and ended up spending the day. We were looking for something to do with our two boys when they were younger and saw an ad for this Museum. The open... More 

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Thank Mary R
Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

If you like machines or have an interest in what kind of machines were used in industry around the Waltham area, this little gem merits a visit. Conveniently tucked into a corner behind the brick apartment building at the Charles River bridge on Moody Street (opposite Margaritas) the museum has many exhibits worth studying. We visit about once a year... More 

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