We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum L-A

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Amazing Building & Museum

Benjamin Bates of our Family built this mill. The inside is HUGH timbers. The mill was used to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sandy B
Educational, Knowledgebale Guide

I live nearby but never visited it until I went in with a friend. It's a great find, especially the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
katiek1111
,
Maine
Read all 31 reviews
16
All photos (16)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“next year”(2 reviews)
“old mill”(2 reviews)
“equipment”(2 reviews)
About
Museum L-A documents and celebrates the economic, social and technological legacy of Lewiston-Auburn and its people. Engaging exhibits, programs and special events for all ages connect history and generations - past, present and future. Gallery...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See all hours
Contact
35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
Website
+1 207-333-3881
Call
Reviews (31)
Filter reviews
31 results
Traveler rating
24
4
2
1
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
24
4
2
1
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsnext yearold millequipmentgenerationsmachinerystoriesphotosmillsworkerscanalexhibitsmaine
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 31 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Benjamin Bates of our Family built this mill. The inside is HUGH timbers. The mill was used to make the Famous Bates Bedspreads. A lot of the machines used are in this Museum. This is a must place to Visit.More

Thank Sandy B
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Sandy, We definitely are a "must place to visit!" You share a bit of information about HUGH timbers that piques our curiosity, and we would love to hear more from you. Please give us a call at your convenience at 207-333-3881 to tell us...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live nearby but never visited it until I went in with a friend. It's a great find, especially the second floor. You will walk inside a former mill, see precious artwork, photos from many generations, as well as hear the guide tell stories to...More

Thank katiek1111
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello! Thank you so much for your high rating and your comments. We often hear from local visitors that we are a hidden gem, and they wonder why it took them so long to visit Museum L-A. We are happy that you took the time...More

Reviewed July 25, 2018

We were looking for a quick museum to visit before we headed back to Alabama and came across this place. It’s a great museum. It’s a well preserved museum that tells the story of knitting mills that made brands I recognized such as Bates and...More

Thank Texasoceanlover
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for a #5 rating! It's very much appreciated! Museum L-A has so many stories to share with our visitors locally and from away. It's always fascinating to hear their stories about their personal experiences and those of their families and...More

Reviewed July 20, 2018

Our tour guide, Kathy, is so passionate about Museum LA and the stories to be told, that really enhanced our experience. My grandparents and parents worked in the mill and we owned Bates bedspreads, it was really nice to take a step back in time....More

Thank Lisa L
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Hello Lisa, We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour at Museum L-A! I wish we had the time to share many more of the stories we have with our visitors. As we offer tours, we often hear memories from our visitors that we add...More

Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a young museum with a lot of heart as well as history. It tells the story of mills in Lewiston- Auburn as well as the immigrants who worked and lived here. Revolving exhibits such as handiwork by locals are well documented and displayed....More

Thank Anne Marie C
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2018

Hello Anne Marie! Thank you for your excellent rating and very positive comments. Our Museum is very proud of our exhibits, events, and activities, and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We really do have a lot of heart and...More

Reviewed July 3, 2018

We wandered through the exhibit on handmade products made in Maine....quite varied, with excellent descriptions and photos. Then we toured upstairs with a very knowledgeable guide and saw all the old equipment and examples of the Bates textile products and the shoes that were manufactured...More

1  Thank marthaBrunswick
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you so much for your very positive rating and comments! We strive to make everyone's experience an educational and positive one. People from away leave in awe at our exhibits and the stories we tell about the people who worked within our textile mills,...More

Reviewed July 2, 2018

My cousins, sister and I experienced a guided tour this past weekend through the L-A Museum and Bates mill buildings. Our guide, Robert, was very knowledgable! We learned so much about the history of the mill and its workers, many of whom were our ancestors....More

Thank juliesimprinting
Rachel D, Owner at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2018

We are happy to share an amazing history of our community. The Oral Histories we have done and continue doing as well as many of our visitors keep filling in the blanks for us as we try to put complete the true picture of what...More

Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

We had a private tour guide and everything it was good. We learn a lot about the mill and I can't wait to cone back!!

1  Thank Primary M
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for rating us with a 5! We're extremely happy that you enjoyed your private tour. Museum L-A is always adding new exhibits, events, and activities, so we encourage you to visit us again. Your comment is very much appreciated!

Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Our two families went to the museum today for a field trip. The exhibition room for temporary exhibits was fabulous - interesting exhibits with many interactive stations for kids too experience handicrafts hands on. We also received a tour of the permanent exhibits. Such a...More

Thank lotsandlotsofgomi
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Hello! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and tour at Museum L-A! Our Lost Art of Handiwork exhibit is fabulous, and your positive comments about your experience are very much appreciated. We post our activities on our website often and encourage...More

Reviewed June 14, 2018

This is an interesting exhibit of a wide range of objects made by hand by Maine makers--from an hand made fishing net to carved wood objects, and several very nice textiles (quilts, woven mats).More

Thank elandry53
Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2018

Hello! We are so happy that you visited and enjoyed our gallery exhibit called :"The Lost Art of Handiwork"! I'm guessing that you didn't have a chance to see our permanent exhibit on the second floor. I encourage you to come back to find out...More

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 6 hotels in Lewiston
Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn
485 reviews
.15 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch
763 reviews
.34 miles away
Center Street Value Inn
85 reviews
.91 miles away
Residence Inn by Marriott Auburn
281 reviews
1.74 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 114 restaurants in Lewiston
Fish Bones American Grill
311 reviews
.14 miles away
DaVinci's Eatery
390 reviews
.24 miles away
Forage Market
116 reviews
.12 miles away
Mother India
111 reviews
.06 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 27 attractions in Lewiston
Auburn Riverwalk
15 reviews
.35 miles away
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
25 reviews
.31 miles away
Veteran's Park
27 reviews
.11 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Museum L-A staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines