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Address: 45 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone Number: 401-769-9675
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Exceptional historical museum!

A very eye opening history that is a perfect example of what happens when industry lures people from their homes with the promise of a better life and then abandons them when they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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64 reviews 64 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A very eye opening history that is a perfect example of what happens when industry lures people from their homes with the promise of a better life and then abandons them when they are no longer sufficiently profitable.The lesson here completely translates into todays corrupt corporate structure.The French Canadians were promised a new life and prosperity in this country during... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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193 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Located in Woonsocket, RI, the Museum of Work & Culture is an interesting walk through the history of labor in our country, with a focus on the mill towns of Rhode Island in the 1800's and 1900's. This is a great way to learn how our ancestors fought for the rights we enjoy as workers today. It takes about one... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
50 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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

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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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

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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