Led by a group of trained guides, visitors view and discuss the museum's permanent and temporary exhibits, beginning with the Boston Manufacturing Company (“BMC,” incorporated in 1813), the first large-scale factory to produce textiles under one roof. Under the guidance of its founder—Francis Cabot Lowell—the BMC established organizational and production standards and practices that changed the modern world, and was the catalyst for early industrialization in America.
The museum occupies the last Boiler House and Engine House of the BMC and guides will demonstrate how water wheels and steam engines diverted power to machines of the 19th and early 20th century. As visitors walk from the Moody Street dam towards the half-million-brick smokestack, their footsteps retrace the hallowed ground of one of the most significant chapters in American history. Please return to the home page for information about other exhibits.
Tours are available for scheduling during regular Museum Visiting Hours. Please see the tour request form below.
TOUR ADMISSION FEES
Children, Seniors, Students $5
We waive admission fees for chaperones. This courtesy comes with the understanding that chaperone(s) are working to keep their group under control, intervening when necessary if individuals act out, taking care of basic housekeeping issues, such as dropped pencils, paper, or any other kind of littering, or spilling of water.
Hardship discounts are available but must be approved by the museum director.
YOUTH ORIENTED CURRICULUM
K-12-- Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation strives to provide experiences that fit into your curriculum.
We encourage Girl and Boy Scouts of all ages to visit the museum.
HOW TO REQUEST A TOUR:
If you do not receive a response within three business days, please follow up by calling (781) 701-8385,
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org