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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
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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Well put together little museum

So, it's a little museum and on a bit of a specialty topic -- the history of the mill workers in New England who immigrated from Quebec (primarily, they cover a few other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

So, it's a little museum and on a bit of a specialty topic -- the history of the mill workers in New England who immigrated from Quebec (primarily, they cover a few other things). But if you're down for that, this place is a fun place to visit. It has a variety of exhibits that are creatively displayed ( they... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

It was very interesting to learn about the French Canadians who settled in this area. They worked in the mills - which was not an easy life (especially for the children.)

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Hull, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We visited with a friend who had French heritage and connection to the immigration movement from Canada. While the remaining three of our two couples had no French Canadian connection we all were blown away by how well the museum is presented, describing the industrial and labor movement in the Blackstone Valley and immigration from Montreal and Quebec in the... More 

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Providence, RI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

For a rainy afternoon, this was a great selection. The museum focuses on the emmigration of French-Canadiens to the Woonsocket mills in the early 20th century. While it is specific to this area, the facts are true for this period of time throughout the Blackstone Valley and its mills. Don't rush through, enjoy each exhibit and you pick up some... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The museum is wonderful. Learned alot when I visited. It is worth a visit. Local history and its finest.

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Address: 45 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone Number: 401-769-9675
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Woonsocket
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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