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Museum of Work and Culture

Open Now: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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The facility is clean and well organized, allowing the visitor to engage the displays in a... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
A wonderful museum

We had been told about this museum and we had a wonderful visit, we spent about two hours in the... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2018
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Located in a 1915 textile mill, the museum is dedicated to the political and cultural lives of the working class. It also serves as a visitors center for the Blackstone Valley National Corridor.
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42 S Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-4274
+1 401-769-9675
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

The facility is clean and well organized, allowing the visitor to engage the displays in a chronological order. Staff is wonderful. Very much worth some time to view the offerings, which will bring back memories for many people who grew up in New England.

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Sarah C, Assistant Director at Museum of Work and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at the Museum.

Reviewed July 26, 2018

We had been told about this museum and we had a wonderful visit, we spent about two hours in the museum and enjoyed it. Loved the exhbits, and especially listening to the mill worker's stories. The touch map on the second floor is a great...More

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Sarah C, Assistant Director, MoWC at Museum of Work and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum, including the new digital Mills Along the Blackstone exhibit! We hope we have the chance to welcome you back again for another visit or a public program!

Reviewed May 25, 2018

I took a group of 12 reitree here for a day trip. We had a great time. The musuem is so very interesting about the large French Canadian migration down to work in the mills. Each room is so interesting from the sample cottage/farm house...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2018

I really enjoyed myself here. Very interesting. My family has a lot of history related to both Canada and mill work so I could relate on a personal level. Interesting for anyone though. I recommend checking it out!

Reviewed October 2, 2017

The uniqueness of this small museum in Woonsocket, RI, spells out a forgotten heritage! Nap Lajoie played Major League with impressive numbers. Leo Duroucher and others are remembered.

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Reviewed September 16, 2017

When I attended high school in Putnam, CT., there was a mill right by the river. Only much later did I find out that this mill made fabrics and textiles. All of a sudden, the history of these mills became very interesting to me. Thus,...More

4  Thank NYU62
Reviewed August 24, 2017

This museum focuses on the development of the manufacturing industry, mostly from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's. It focuses on some of the key industries, such as a real engines of growth at the time: the textile industry, but mentions others. It weaves in other...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2017

This is a very interesting museum to visit and tells a lot of the Woonsocket and New England textile industry in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. But it is so pro-union that it detracts from any attempt at a neutral presentation. It's basically...More

1  Thank Ron G
Reviewed April 18, 2017

The museum focuses on family life in Rhode Island's mill towns which were primarily settled by French Canadians. There are several interactive exhibits, some film presentation and even a mock Catholic school classroom which really brought back memories for me. You can dive into newspaper...More

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Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

I really love the layout of this museum. I've got a background in museum studies but I work for the Army now. I recently moved up here and work occasionally on the dam nearby. Me and another ranger went in to check it out. I...More

1  Thank RangerRonW
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