Attleboro Area Industrial Museum

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum AAIM collects and preserves artifacts that relate to the industrial history of the Attleboro area; makes these materials available for research and enjoyment; and acts as a resource center for the education of the public about our industrial history.
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We at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum work to preserve and present the rich history of the Attleboro area with an emphasis on its industrial history. We strive to present this history through interesting exhibits and programs, access to historic photos and documents, and participation in civic activities. We welcome visits by individuals and groups interested in exploring Attleboro Area History. We are active in making historic presentations both at the museum and out in our community. We hope you will visit us often through our web site, our social media, and at our museum building. Take a good look at our area's history!

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum lost a wonderful supporter, contributor and friend, Louise Baumgartel on Wednesday ...
04/28/2020
FLANAGAN: No quit in AHS '39 reunions

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum lost a wonderful supporter, contributor and friend, Louise Baumgartel on Wednesday April 22, 2020. She was 98 and through her stories, documents and artifacts has helped the Industrial Museum tell Attleboro's story. Louise would stop by the Museum and share her recollections of her life in Attleboro. It was cherished time when she visited the Museum and donated her memories stories, letters and artifacts. Her smile will be missed.

She is mentioned in Mark Flanagan article from 2010

https://www.thesunchronicle.com/attleboro/flanagan-no-quit-in-ahs-39-reunions/article_24e0d7d5-9a0b-5fb0-bf84-f49fb44d7430.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Please about her life:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thesunchronicle/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=196076012

Anna (Silva) Bachman made it. So did Janet (Hardaway) Bandelli, Gerri (Oliver) Beauregard, Alice (Bescherer) Breeze, Vincent Coady, Freeman Gard, Kenneth and Marie Gavin, Mildred (Fortier) Mounteer, Beatrice (Veillette) Peck,

This is our the Industrial Museum's  "History to Go" season, that is  in a normal year.  Third grade students in Attlebo...
04/24/2020

This is our the Industrial Museum's "History to Go" season, that is in a normal year. Third grade students in Attleboro learn about the the history of industry in the Attleboro area. I am going to share some the the main parts on our page. Let me know what you think.
Part One- The Wampanoag to the North Rehoboth Purchase.

The Industrial Museum got this great article in a recent email from The Smithsonian Magazine.  Very interesting and let ...
04/17/2020
Cook These Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes

The Industrial Museum got this great article in a recent email from The Smithsonian Magazine. Very interesting and let us know here if you try these. Stay safe and healthy.

An online exhibition from the National WWI Museum and Memorial features recipes detailed in 1918 cookbook

04/11/2020

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is sad to share the passing of Dr. Robert W. Keeler in Yarmouthport, Ma on Sunday April 5, 2020 at age 99.

Dr. Keeler and his wife Daris were long time supporters and contributors to the Industrial Museum. Their most recent contribution and gift to the Museum library was "An Old Man's New Bio or the Keelers of Attleboro 1800-1987" a labor of love completed over ten years chronicling his family and their connection to the city of Attleboro.

On a personal note, Dr. Keeler was our family pediatrician, I have great memories of his thorough care. One house call he made to a ten-year-old with pneumonia is as clear as it happened yesterday. He checked me out and then when my mother went into the kitchen, he told me to do what my mother told me, or I would be going to the hospital. He said it with a smile, but I knew he was serious. I did not go to the hospital and remember his kind fatherly manner. Dr. Keeler was a great person and will be missed.

Obituary from the Sun Chronicle.
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thesunchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=robert-keeler&pid=195930586&utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ObitShare_PowerInbox_20191212&utm_content=ViewObituary&sfmc_id=97545739

Thanks to Rick Foster for an article about this Revolutionary War Soldier and Attleboro resident John Daggett. Patriots ...
04/01/2020
Before 'the shot heard round the world': An Attleboro patriot led raid against Tories

Thanks to Rick Foster for an article about this Revolutionary War Soldier and Attleboro resident John Daggett. Patriots Day is coming up so this is very timely.
Here is a link to a copy of "A Sketch of the History of Attleborough" From it's settlement to it's division. Written by John Daggett grandson of Colonel Daggett. https://books.google.com/books?id=EQo1AAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions

https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/before-the-shot-heard-round-the-world-an-attleboro-patriot/article_a47ca8ea-e7e4-597e-bb46-e7a05d8d4347.html

On April 19, 1775, a small force of patriots faced off against British troops on Lexington Green in a deadly confrontation that would open the war for American independence.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will remained temporarily closed due to the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID...
03/21/2020

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will remained temporarily closed due to the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19). Accordingly "Thursday Night at the Museum" is cancelled for Thursday March 26. Check back to this page for updates. Here are a few photos from the past year.

03/15/2020

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is temporarily closed starting on Monday March 16. The Museum has decided this after considering the closing of other museums, schools and community venues in Attleboro.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will re-evaluate this decision as recommendations change.
Thank you for your support as we each do our part to get through this challenging time together.

Amazing creations from the Brocading Machine which is part of the Eugene Hunt Exhibit at the Attleboro Area Industrial M...
03/03/2020

Amazing creations from the Brocading Machine which is part of the Eugene Hunt Exhibit at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. Thanks to our friends at Engineering Group at Sensata Technologies who volunteered to do some much needed maintenance on our machines in October and
December of 2019. Thanks to Brian Neily for the new bright brass discs for the machine.

Thanks to all that visited on Saturday Night during Winter Festival.  Coach Dave and Linda made wonderful music and the ...
02/26/2020

Thanks to all that visited on Saturday Night during Winter Festival. Coach Dave and Linda made wonderful music and the Museum had a great map at the Raffle Table in the Registry of Deeds.

Thursday Night at the Museum tomorrow night featuring an exhibit of ice cutting tools and "Ice Cutting on Cooper's Pond" short film. It will be running twice each hour starting at 4 pm. Come by and see the Museum.

Just a reminder we will be open and part of Attleboro's Winter Night's Festival tomorrow night.  We will feature Coach D...
02/21/2020

Just a reminder we will be open and part of Attleboro's Winter Night's Festival tomorrow night. We will feature Coach Dave from Accordion Cool fame and singer Linda Walden from 5 pm to 6 pm. Additionally a short film will be shown starting at 4 pm to 5 pm and again from 6 pm to 7:30 pm "Ice Cutting : Cooper's Pond , filmed by L. Louise Cooper and taped by Frederick Cooper, circa 1930.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is a mere 100 steps southwest down Union Street from the Registry of Deeds which will have the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival group in period garb, a Jewelry Display from Attleboro Jewelers and a wonderful Raffle Table.

The Attleboro Historical Preservation Society will have a small exhibit as previously mentioned.

Our free Hot Chocolate will include your choice of teenie tiny marshmallows, marshmallow fluff or whipped cream. Donations will be accepted and given to the Boy Scouts adding to their hot chocolate proceeds.

See you all tomorrow!

Flash!!  The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be open for Attleboro's Winter Festival on Saturday February 22, 2020...
02/13/2020

Flash!! The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be open for Attleboro's Winter Festival on Saturday February 22, 2020 from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. Come see some new additions to our collection, some great favorites and the Attleboro Historical Preservation Society Exhibit. Yes, we will be serving .... Hot Chocolate ! Some surprises too! Come by and see the Museum.

Sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Boyle of Attleboro, artist and design engineer.  The Attleboro Area Industrial Mus...
01/31/2020

Sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Boyle of Attleboro, artist and design engineer. The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum have one painting and a set of four prints displayed in the Museum. The painting is of the south side of the Robinson Building Complex,(37 Union Street) others may know it as the Foster Building which housed Foster Metals Company of Attleboro.

We recently received a donation of four prints of stone railroad overpass arches in Attleboro. S.A. Boyle, as he signed his work, had a keen eye for historical and industrial buildings in Attleboro.

Our condolences to his family.

This is a photo of the painting on display at the Industrial Museum.

"Thursday Night at the Museum" continues on Thursday January 30 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on 42 Union Stre...
01/29/2020

"Thursday Night at the Museum" continues on Thursday January 30 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on 42 Union Street in Attleboro Massachusetts. We will have several new items exhibited including switches circa 1972-1982 from Texas Instruments and over 300 pins from Knobby Krafters and other new additions to our collection. Of course, for all you Super Bowl fans, you can always see the Super Bowl III Championship Ring from 1968 designed by Norman Shorrock of Balfour with help from Joe Namath. (Designer's Display Model) The ring was produced right here in Attleboro at L.G. Balfour Company.
The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be open and part of Attleboro's Winter Night Festival on Saturday February 22 extending our hours to include the festival from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm. We will have our famous hot chocolate while it lasts! Be sure to stop by.

The museum is open the last Thursday of the Month. The additional hours on Thursday will be from 4pm until 8pm. Admission is free. You are invited to visit and experience the history of Industry in the Attleboro area. You can call the museum with questions at 508-222-3918

Check out the Winter's Night Festival site https://www.attleborowinterfestival.com/

Just a reminder to stop by and view the Quilt of African Americans Inventors on permanent display at the Industrial Muse...
01/03/2020

Just a reminder to stop by and view the Quilt of African Americans Inventors on permanent display at the Industrial Museum.
The Quilt was a collaboration done by Lydia Garvin and the Dorcas Sewing Circle of Providence Rhode Island and the Janice Newman's Visual Arts class at Coelho Middle School in South Attleboro for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro in 2010. The quilt was supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council.
The quilt was donated to the Museum by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro in July 2018.
Come Celebrate Dr.King on January 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm, Attleboro City Hall and at 2:00 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norton, MA. Details on poster.

Hope all had a Merry Christmas and will a enjoy a prosperous New Year.  The Balfour Christmas Card display will be up fo...
12/27/2019

Hope all had a Merry Christmas and will a enjoy a prosperous New Year. The Balfour Christmas Card display will be up for a few more weeks. Come see the display and short slideshow featuring up close samples of signature of the Mystery Designer and Artist.

Just cannot find that special gift for that special someone!  How about  an individual membership to the Attleboro Area ...
12/13/2019

Just cannot find that special gift for that special someone! How about an individual membership to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. Stop by on Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm.
There are many benefits of membership:
Guided Tours by great tour guides
Access to over 4000 digitized photos of Attleboro dating back to 1840
A multi-purpose function room for special events
New this year 26 x 32 Attleborough 1891 map hand-drawn by O.H. Bailey. Hope we can help with your gifts this year

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and the greater Attleboro community lost a great friend and wonderful community lea...
12/05/2019
Attleboro community leader Tony Viveiros dies at 73

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and the greater Attleboro community lost a great friend and wonderful community leader with the passing of Tony Viveiros. Below is the link to the tribute from the Sun Chronicle today.
https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/attleboro-community-leader-tony-viveiros-dies-at/article_49b84628-dbad-583b-a578-406b5d9a91c7.html

ATTLEBORO — Former City Councilor Tony Viveiros, a longtime volunteer in community affairs and ambassador for Attleboro, has died.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed on Thursday November 28 but  will reopen for regular hours on Friday...
11/23/2019

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed on Thursday November 28 but will reopen for regular hours on Friday and Saturday. Thanks for visiting the Museum. Enjoy your Thanksgiving

"Thursday Night at the Museum" one week early due to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum being closed on Thanksgiving.C...
11/15/2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum" one week early due to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum being closed on Thanksgiving.
Come Help Solve the Balfour Christmas Card Mystery and Make your own cards, all materials will be provided.

Many thanks to the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival Board, presenters, Nancy Young and Emily Adams from Attleboro Jeweler...
11/05/2019

Many thanks to the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival Board, presenters, Nancy Young and Emily Adams from Attleboro Jewelers for the hard work and successful festival. Please read the review posted about the JCSF and our Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. Just a few more photos of Dr. J.R. Whitcomb Harry Houdini aficionado showing a few escape performances. Follow the link here https://eventsinsider.com/jewelry-city-steampunk-festival-puts-attleboro-creative-map-5-stars/.

Happy Halloween.  The Industrial Museum will not be open tonight, we did "Thursday Night at the Museum"  last week with ...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween. The Industrial Museum will not be open tonight, we did "Thursday Night at the Museum" last week with Tinker Bots! Besides the Museum Mannequins need to go " Trick or Treating"

More Jewelry City Steampunk Festival at the Industrial Museum.   Gears!!!!!   Teacups !!!!!   Steampunk 101 by Citizens ...
10/29/2019

More Jewelry City Steampunk Festival at the Industrial Museum. Gears!!!!! Teacups !!!!! Steampunk 101 by Citizens of Antiford

10/29/2019

Jewelry City Steampunk Festival 2019 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. What a great day! James Worthington "Elementary Engineering for Steampunks"

Great Night on "Thursday Night at the Museum"  Tinker Bots and Jewelry City Steampunk Festival
10/29/2019

Great Night on "Thursday Night at the Museum" Tinker Bots and Jewelry City Steampunk Festival

Here is the map of next Saturday's Jewelry City Steampunk Festival venues and the Schedule of events.  Hope to see you a...
10/19/2019

Here is the map of next Saturday's Jewelry City Steampunk Festival venues and the Schedule of events. Hope to see you at the Industrial Museum as you visit this great festival.

"Elementary Engineering for Steampunk"1:00-4:00Hosted by Jewelry City Steampunk Festival at the Attleboro Area Industria...
10/18/2019

"Elementary Engineering for Steampunk"
1:00-4:00
Hosted by Jewelry City Steampunk Festival
at the
Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
42 Union Street

From his earliest days , James Worthington was happy to return home from school and go to work in the machine shop, putting together lawn mower engines on castoff bicycles.
His working life began at the Utica Steam Engine and Boiler Works, apprenticing as a casting pattern maker. Over the years he has also done steel fabrication, machining, electron beam processing, and many projects in motorcycle reconstruction.
Today , James will demonstrate how basic components are assembled into machines , using his own steam-powered creation. This introduction is intended for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of the real-world technology that our steampunk culture celebrates.

Special Notice the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed this Saturday October 19, 2019 for a private event.  ...
10/16/2019

Special Notice the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed this Saturday October 19, 2019 for a private event.

Regular hours resume on Thursday October 24,2019 including "Thursday Night at the Museum" featuring "Tinker Bots" and a preview of the third annual Jewelry City Steampunk Festival happening from 10-4 Saturday October 26,2019

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and all of the Attleboro community lost a great friend and tireless advocate recent...
10/03/2019

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and all of the Attleboro community lost a great friend and tireless advocate recently when Evelyn Silva passed away. She was an incredible booster for telling the story of Attleboro's past and an activist for learning local history and preservation of artifacts big and small from our community's past. She will be missed.

Great "History of Whaling in New England"  by James Russell on Saturday.  We will feature a temporary exhibit of scrimsh...
09/25/2019

Great "History of Whaling in New England" by James Russell on Saturday. We will feature a temporary exhibit of scrimshaw and other whaling themed jewelry at "Thursday Night at the Museum" this Thursday September 26. We are opened until 8pm. See you then.Thanks to our BigRead partners the Attleboro Public Library for the great photos.

This afternoon’s presentation at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum was fantastic! Informative and entertaining. Thank you all for coming, and thank you to James Russell for spending rhis beautiful afternoon with us. #neabigread

Please excuse our appearance we are remodeling and the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is open with limited access to s...
09/13/2019

Please excuse our appearance we are remodeling and the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is open with limited access to some exhibits. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Thank You to our Friends at New England Metalform in Plainville for the recent tour they gave me of their company. To qu...
09/12/2019

Thank You to our Friends at New England Metalform in Plainville for the recent tour they gave me of their company. To quote Herman Krobath president of NEM "At New England Metalgform, we pride ourselves on the amount of repeat business we retain. We have gained that trust and confidence by performing to the highest stand we can think of: Yours." Just a few photos from my tour. Thanks again.

It was a great summer of Passport to History 2019!  Looking forward to next year!
08/30/2019

It was a great summer of Passport to History 2019! Looking forward to next year!

This weekend marks the last days of #PassportToHistory 2019.

THANK YOU to
-everyone who participated! We had record numbers this year!
-our sponors: Southeastern Massachusetts Visitor's Bureau, Berkley Cultural Council, Dighton Cultural Council, Middleborough Cultural Council
--and our participating sites for 2019
Alden House
Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
The Berkley Historical Society
Easton Historical Society
Carpenter Museum
Lafayette-Durfee House
Freetown Historical Society
Marshfield Historical Society
Middleborough Historical Museum
Old Colony History Museum
@ParagonParkCarousel
Plymouth Antiquarian Society
Osterville Historical Museum
Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit
@RobbinsMuseum

Address

42 Union St
Attleboro, MA
02703-2948

General information

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum was incorporated on July 4, 1975 as the City of Attleboro's Bicentennial project. The idea of creating an industrial museum for the area had been in discussions for decades, but only became possible with the availability of the building housed at 42 Union Street, the Attleboro Refining Company. In 1899, Harold D. Baker and his brother George W. Baker, both of Providence, Rhode Island, formed a partnership to establish the Attleboro Refining Company in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It specialized in the refining of gold, silver and copper byproducts. The refinery followed established refining methods used at that time known as a stripping process. The process dated back to the late 18th Century. Base metals such as copper and zinc were eaten by a compound-acid solution. The precious metals underwent succeeding operations where they were reduced to a certain degree of fineness. By 1907, however, the Bakers were convinced that better methods were available that would involve lower costs. They experimented with the then-existent electrochemical equipment available and finally succeeded in adapting the ELECTROLYTIC process to jewelers' scrap. Theirs was the first refinery in New England to do so. The process underwent continuous improvement and development where gold was finally purified to .9991/2 fine and every trace of silver or other precious metal was re-claimed in the chlorination and succeeding copperas processes. Throughout the years four additions were added and on June 26, 1968, Handy & Harman Refining Group, Inc. purchased the Attleboro Refining Company. In November 1973, Handy & Harman left 42 Union Street for a new facility located on Townsend Road in the "new" Attleboro Industrial Park. On November 29, 1976, Handy & Harman turned the 42 Union Street building over to the Chamber of Commerce of the Attleboro Area who acted as caretaker of the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, Inc. The building was in great disrepair when donated to the Museum so, for the first few years, the Board of Directors and Incorporators were concerned primarily with the rehabilitation of the building and grounds. The refinery building is considered to be the most important object in the Museum's collection.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(508) 222-3918

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We are really grateful to people in museum, sorry i didnt remember name, was busy with infant . They saw us checking on hours, museum was closed. But they invited us in! It was amazing tour, my guys were having so much fun! And really impressive collections, live history in front of you!
Hello New England history buffs. I visited this museum today and it is amazing. Very complete and well presented - all about the early industries and settlement of Attleboro and surrounding communities. The docent - sorry I didn't get name - know her stuff and we talked a lot. She demonstrated the old jewelry making machines. Their displays are so relevant to today's Attleboro landscape. Free admission, but please donate what you can. Most importantly, please visit this charming local historic museum.
Made this key chain yesterday at the museum. Taking the passport challenge by visiting 8 local museums, historical societies. The Attleboro museum is fabulous, what a hidden gem!!