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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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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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Canton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

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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Reviewed 15 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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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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Reviewed 23 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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Reviewed 25 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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1 Thank genserleslie
Saugus, MA
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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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Reviewed 23 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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3 reviews
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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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