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Museum of Work and Culture

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Step back in time.

This is a neat, small but most interesting museum. It gives you insight in the lives of the people... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Nol v
Haarlem, The Netherlands

The facility is clean and well organized, allowing the visitor to engage the displays in a... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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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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42 S Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-4274
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

This is a neat, small but most interesting museum. It gives you insight in the lives of the people that left their farms and came to works in the textile industry. The development of cloth making and parts of every day life of the many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

The facility is clean and well organized, allowing the visitor to engage the displays in a chronological order. Staff is wonderful. Very much worth some time to view the offerings, which will bring back memories for many people who grew up in New England.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Sarah C, Assistant Director at Museum of Work and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at the Museum.

Reviewed July 26, 2018

We had been told about this museum and we had a wonderful visit, we spent about two hours in the museum and enjoyed it. Loved the exhbits, and especially listening to the mill worker's stories. The touch map on the second floor is a great...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sarah C, Assistant Director, MoWC at Museum of Work and Culture, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum, including the new digital Mills Along the Blackstone exhibit! We hope we have the chance to welcome you back again for another visit or a public program!

Reviewed May 25, 2018

I took a group of 12 reitree here for a day trip. We had a great time. The musuem is so very interesting about the large French Canadian migration down to work in the mills. Each room is so interesting from the sample cottage/farm house...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

I really enjoyed myself here. Very interesting. My family has a lot of history related to both Canada and mill work so I could relate on a personal level. Interesting for anyone though. I recommend checking it out!

Date of experience: June 2017
Reviewed October 2, 2017

The uniqueness of this small museum in Woonsocket, RI, spells out a forgotten heritage! Nap Lajoie played Major League with impressive numbers. Leo Duroucher and others are remembered.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

When I attended high school in Putnam, CT., there was a mill right by the river. Only much later did I find out that this mill made fabrics and textiles. All of a sudden, the history of these mills became very interesting to me. Thus,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

This museum focuses on the development of the manufacturing industry, mostly from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's. It focuses on some of the key industries, such as a real engines of growth at the time: the textile industry, but mentions others. It weaves in other...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

This is a very interesting museum to visit and tells a lot of the Woonsocket and New England textile industry in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. But it is so pro-union that it detracts from any attempt at a neutral presentation. It's basically...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

The museum focuses on family life in Rhode Island's mill towns which were primarily settled by French Canadians. There are several interactive exhibits, some film presentation and even a mock Catholic school classroom which really brought back memories for me. You can dive into newspaper...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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