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“Wedding reception held in unique venue. the museum”

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Waltham
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Owner description: Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.
Ballston Lake, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wedding reception held in unique venue. the museum”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

The info about the industrial revolution era factories in Waltham was very interesting. Having the cocktail hour on the museum floor made for great fun for the entire wedding party.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Nice for the money...”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice place for an inexpensive date idea and I love that there are plenty of places to eat afterwards. When my boyfriend and I went a few days ago they were renovating due to a water issue. The exhibits were interesting enough. We were out within an hour.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun place to take the kids”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Interesting collection of industrial tools that you can see in action as well as a cool plasma art display

Visited May 2012
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Maine
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41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Small museum”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

It's okay, not much to see, mostly the areas past, looms, car, watch collection, electicity display. The main mill turned into apartments. Brick firestack still standing. River runs by mill.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“See How Things Work at the Charles River Museum of Industry”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

A real hands-on museum, merging history, engineering, and fun. Kids will love working the foot-powered player piano, the antique telephone switchboard, and the many engines, lathes, and other machines that really go when you push the button. Adults will appreciate the fascinating old tools and machines, the rich historical context, the gallery of clocks and watches (some faces painted in near-microscopic detail with single-hair brushes!) and the fantastic building itself, the old mill building that housed the first factory in the United States. Where else can you get up-close and personal with a real 19th-century steam fire engine, a power loom, a Model A Ford, and an example of the first machine for making flat-bottomed paper bags (invented and patented by a woman)?

Although the museum is small, the setting is perfect for a longer outing: right on the bike path along the Charles River, next to the falls in the center of Waltham, with Moody Street's cornucopia of ethnic restaurants and great Back Pages Bookstore just steps away. Don't miss it!

Visited September 2012
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