We parked in the municipal parking area behind the Embassy Theater and walked across the footbridge that took us to the other side of the river, watching for the mill smoke stack which is the entrance to the museum. There are benches and the grounds are very nicely kept. On a nice day it would be a lovely place to sit on one of the benches to linger, listening to the rushing water or watching one of the squirrels or rabbits scurry about.
We entered and were greeted by one of the several volunteers working there at the time. He gave us a little information and overview on the history of the mill and Francis Cabot Lowell. For many things, it is a "hands on" museum. We found exhibits on bicycles (with wooden rims), steam and electric engines, printing presses, an old fire engine, a working machine shop, models of trains, and an exhibit on the second floor filled with watches, time pieces, etc. made in the Waltham Watch Co. There is a small exhibit of early calculators and slide rulers. There are other things as well as those I've mentioned. One of the treasures of the museum is their volunteers who have a wealth of knowledge and are willing to bring some of these pieces to life. They are dedicated and obviously love what they are doing.
We spent almost two hours there, partly due to our informative chats with two of the volunteers. This museum and dining in one of the many restaurants close by combine to make a lovely outing.
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