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!

Operating as usual

Nice to see our super volunteer Michael Mahony get recognized in the Sun Chronicle with the other "true santas".Follow t...
12/28/2020
TRUE SANTAS: When a visit turns into a volunteering passion

Nice to see our super volunteer Michael Mahony get recognized in the Sun Chronicle with the other "true santas".

Follow this link to learn more.https://www.thesunchronicle.com/true-santas-when-a-visit-turns-into-a-volunteering-passion/article_8f61e60f-0878-516d-ad90-b621e413ccb4.html

Michael Mahony of Attleboro enjoyed the Attleboro Industrial Museum downtown so much as a visitor that he has been pitching in as a volunteer there the past several years.

12/15/2020

Starting on Thursday December 17, 2020 the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. Our decision was made due to the increase in the COVID-19 infection rate in the Attleboro area.
Please check back here for updates.
May you all have a great Holiday Season and a Most Splendid New Year.

Looking for a gift for a certain special someone or a special family? Try a membership to the Attleboro Area Industrial ...
12/11/2020

Looking for a gift for a certain special someone or a special family? Try a membership to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum! Look at last years events in our annual newsletter the Clerestory. Go to this link on our website for memberships and donations: http://www.industrialmuseum.com/giving-donations.html

Today is "Giving Tuesday" please consider making a donation to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum.  The industrial his...
12/01/2020
Make a donation to AAIM

Today is "Giving Tuesday" please consider making a donation to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. The industrial history of the Attleboro area is told in the exhibits and display cases at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. Documents, photographs, tools, machines and peoples stories make up this gem of the Attleboro area. Thank You
Follow this link to our website and give if you are able.
http://www.industrialmuseum.com/giving-donations.html

Donate to the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum make a donation online

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed on Thursday November 26,2020 to celebrate Thanksgiving.  May you all...
11/25/2020

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed on Thursday November 26,2020 to celebrate Thanksgiving. May you all have a great day and stay safe and healthy. We will re-open on Friday at 10 am.

Usually around now the  Industrial Museum would be posting some wonderful photos of last month's Jewelry City Steampunk ...
11/13/2020

Usually around now the Industrial Museum would be posting some wonderful photos of last month's Jewelry City Steampunk Festival but this year it is not possible for an in-person festival. Do not fret, under a new umbrella of Steampunks of New England a virtual festival will run from November 20th through November 22nd.
Programming and performances will be shown on the Steampunks of New England Youtube Page and Teleparty Use the link provided for the Steampunks of New England Youtube Page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj8RDnIvs6zf5T0pmmmgtfg/featured
Programming can be found by following this link: https://jewelrycitysteampunk.com/schedule/
Just a few photos from last year.

Thanks to Lisa Doucet, a local weaver who gave a demonstration at the Museum this past Saturday. The small, social dista...
10/22/2020

Thanks to Lisa Doucet, a local weaver who gave a demonstration at the Museum this past Saturday. The small, social distanced, mask wearing audience enjoyed her work. Her demonstration and presentation was part of Attleboro's Big Read selection "Circe" by Madeline Miller. Circe was banished to an island by her father, Helios Titan God of the sun, for her poor judgment and the story tells of her tales in banishment. Did I mention that Circe was a weaver and a witch? A great read. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Watch the live broadcast thanks to our friends at AACS15 on the YouTube link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7JrXW6EC0M&t=17s

09/25/2020
Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on Google

Just updated our hours for Saturdays, the Museum will be open by reservation only on Saturdays.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum has changed our hours to "By Reservation Only" for Saturday. Please call ahead and reserve a time to visit the Museum. Our goal is for visits to have a positive and safe visit.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is currently in our Annual Membership Drive.  Each year we publish our the "Clerest...
09/16/2020

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is currently in our Annual Membership Drive. Each year we publish our the "Clerestory" our newsletter for members. It gives a snapshot of what has happened over the past year. This year has been like no other for us all and we are behind our usual June/July time frame. Look over our "Clerestory" 2020 and if you are interested in becoming a member follow the link to our membership page on our website. http://www.industrialmuseum.com/membership.html

"Passport to History"  2020 is back and extended through the end of the year.  Come pick up your passport at the Industr...
09/02/2020

"Passport to History" 2020 is back and extended through the end of the year. Come pick up your passport at the Industrial Museum on Thursday or Friday.

Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and related safety guidelines, some sites will not be open for the remainder of 2020 to ensure the well-being of staff, volunteers, and visitors. Before visiting a site, please call or check their website and/or social media for the most up-to-date information as their days and hours of operation are subject to change.

Re-Opening of the Attleboro Area Industrial MuseumThe Industrial Museum is now re-opened with COVID 19 modifications.  W...
08/12/2020

Re-Opening of the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum

The Industrial Museum is now re-opened with COVID 19 modifications. We are open Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm for remainder of the month of August.
A few modifications including; enter the Museum at the Union Street door and exit the Museum at the parking lot door, call ahead reservations to our Museum number 508-222-3918 you will be met upon arrival, do a hands free temperature check, practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering, follow the one way route around the Museum and Exhibits and limit group size to no larger than eight people.

We have touch less hand sanitizer stations available for your use throughout the Museum

No Saturday or Thursday Night at the Museum hours at this time. We will re-access at the end of August. Admission is free. Donations are graciously accepted. 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 or email at [email protected]. We are on the web at Facebook-Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and at www.industrialmuseum.com

It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of Bill Adair.  Bill was a past president of the Board of Dire...
07/28/2020
William “Bill” H. Adair, Jr. - Perry-McStay Funeral Home

It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of Bill Adair. Bill was a past president of the Board of Directors and an invaluable member of the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum for over twenty years. He was our current Board Secretary and always supportive of the Museum in all its endeavors. His banking expertise was an asset but most of all his ready smile and kindness made all who worked and knew him feel at ease. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.Read more in the link below. https://perrymcstay.com/william-bill-h-adair-jr/

William “Bill” H. Adair, Jr. 77, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Meredith P. (Guillet) Adair for 56 years. Born in Attleboro, he was the son of the late William H. and Margaret (King) Adair. Bill is survived by his wife Merry and their children: Paul...

Hello all!  We are working to re-open the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum.  We want your experience to be safe and posi...
07/02/2020

Hello all! We are working to re-open the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. We want your experience to be safe and positive. Just a few details remain so keep a watch on this page, our website and other media like AACS and the Sun Chronicle for "how and when"
We will participate again this year in the "Passport to History" program.
Check this link for more information: https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/explore/passport-to-history

It has been shared that our website was not functioning correctly.  It seems we had been hacked my malware and the malwa...
06/12/2020

It has been shared that our website was not functioning correctly. It seems we had been hacked my malware and the malware was redirecting our site through a search engine to a drug company. The malware has been removed and the site seems to be working . Google may take a week to update it's link to our website, please be patience.
The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum has begun to prepare for a new normal. We hope to have new safety protocols and visitation procedures completed and shared on this site and our industrialmuseum.com site as well as in local media outlets.
Thank you for your patience.
Just a few photos of the past and the present.

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/

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

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(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!!