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Museum of Work and Culture

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Address: 45 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone Number: 401-769-9675
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Description: Located in a 1915 textile mill, the museum is dedicated to the political...
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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I could spend hours here

I could spend hours here! Maybe because my family is from the area and was part of the great French-Canadian migration. The museum is fascinating, and in the schoolroom upstairs I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2014
spingal26
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I could spend hours here! Maybe because my family is from the area and was part of the great French-Canadian migration. The museum is fascinating, and in the schoolroom upstairs I was able to my find many of my relatives in the local yearbooks they have on display.

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Albion, Rhode Island
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50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The museum documents the mill towns and workers from the 1700s and 1800s. The Blackstone River Valley was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. (Previously it had been exclusively in Great Britain.) There are many displays of artifacts as well as paintings. Unfortunately, in most cases, you will need to read the descriptions in order to understand what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This museum of work and culture is very educational and gives in depth detail of the industrial revolution.

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Chepachet, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been to the museum and enjoyed the experience very much. Do you have copies of the book "The French in Rhode Island: A History? It covers a lot of information found in the museum. Loupneige.

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is a real gem and quite unique. The museum focus is the rich heritage of the mill town of Woonsocket and the role the city played during the 1800s and early 1900s. As you visit each exhibit you learn how the people lived, worked and fashioned a strong ethnic French culture. Each exhibit is historically accurate with recreations... More 

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I stopped in for area info and maps. It's always good to talk to the locals. The Tourist Info Center is attached to the museum and the two women at the desk - both named Irene - were very friendly and helpful. The Irene who loves the mountains is a wealth of knowledge and knows her history. If I am... More 

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum does a wonderful job of sharing the city's mill history. It also hosts speakers has a nice Labor Day open house (free day) to share it's "wealth" of knowledge. Friendly and informative staff and volunteers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Having lived in this area I can honestly say this is the closest to the real thing. Visiting is like stepping into the past, not to be missed if you want to see life as it was in this area.

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The museum is located in an old mill building and has done a remarkable job of recreating the life of the early immigrants that came down from Canada. The layout of the building makes it easy to follow the life progression.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is a beautiful historical place to visit. It reminds you that you ancestors migrated from Canada to come here and how hard they had to work. The textiles were the main source of work years ago and it shows when the union came it. It also shows prohibition time. I think it is a great place for all to... More 

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