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Museum of Work and Culture

45 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
401-769-9675
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Woonsocket
Type: History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Who new that a little Gem of a place was right here in Woonsocket, the Museum is the history of the French Canadiens who came down to work in the mills and make a better life for themselves. Yet it could really be the histories of any relative from anywhere in the world who came here for the very same... More

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

This is a small museum done well. It engaged our 12 year old, teenager, us, and my parents. You move through a time line of environments that are animated by video or audio. This visit is a great compare and contrast for anyone visiting Newport RI as this represents the other 99%.

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New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you are French Canadian, this is a must. Walks you through the movement of people from Canada to the wool factories in Woonsocket and nearby.

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Woonsocket
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you are into the local history of Woonsocket or would like to know more about immigrant workers populating and working in a thriving mill town from the late 1800s to around the 1930s, then, this is your place. Some neat displays. Educational for children. Nice programs for school field trips.

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