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!

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

"Thursday Night at the Museum"  Open until 8pm Thursday Night.  Pick up a copy  of "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathanie...
08/28/2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum" Open until 8pm Thursday Night. Pick up a copy of "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick this years Attleboro BigRead selection.

Thanks to Doubleacs Daily Update for a recent interview about  our Memorial Exhibit to Frank Sawyer.  A native of Hanson...
08/01/2019

Thanks to Doubleacs Daily Update for a recent interview about our Memorial Exhibit to Frank Sawyer. A native of Hanson Massachusetts and a recent resident of Attleboro.
Follow the link to see the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okQnCyYV6bk

The L. G. Balfour Company created and produced a series of Space Medals for NASA.  Here are a few photos of the ones exh...
07/17/2019

The L. G. Balfour Company created and produced a series of Space Medals for NASA. Here are a few photos of the ones exhibited in our Balfour Exhibit. Stop by next "Thursday Night at the Museum".
Thursday July 25 we are open until 8 pm.

Jewelry City Steampunk Festival group meets Robert Megerdichian at June's "Thursday Night at the Museum" part of Six Mon...
07/06/2019

Jewelry City Steampunk Festival group meets Robert Megerdichian at June's "Thursday Night at the Museum" part of Six Months of Steampunk. Robert talked about "Hidden Treasures". Thanks to all who attended and to Robert, Mort, Jen, Heather!

06/28/2019

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be closed on Thursday July 4 for Independence Day.

"Thursday Night at the Museum"-" Robert Megerdichian and Jewelry City Steampunk Festival"   "Thursday Night at the Museu...
06/21/2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum"-" Robert Megerdichian and Jewelry City Steampunk Festival"

"Thursday Night at the Museum" continues on Thursday June 27 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on 42 Union Street in Attleboro Massachusetts. Robert Megerdichian will be here at 6pm to talk about his father's Metal Miniature works and its connection to the Steampunk movement. This is part of Jewelry City Steampunk Festival Five months of Steampunk. Robert will be bringing photos of his father's work to display and discuss. Additionally you can pick up your "Passport to History" passports for 2019. This year's program is expanded to 15 venues in the "Old Colony" including the Industrial Museum. Passport to History was developed by the OCHM and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Dighton Cultural Council, the Berkley Cultural Council, and the Middleborough Cultural Council.

The museum is open the last Thursday of the Month. We will carry on "Thursday Night at The Museum into 2019. 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 or email at [email protected]. We are on the web at Facebook-Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and at www.industrialmuseum.com

Come on by to Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and get your Passport stamped, if you don't have a Passport yet pick one ...
06/05/2019

Come on by to Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and get your Passport stamped, if you don't have a Passport yet pick one up. This is a great summer project! Glad to be a part of it.

Wow! 15 Museums FREE admission in the summer! Old Colony History Museum, Osterville Historical Museum, Plymouth Antiquarian Society, Robbins Museum, Alden House Historic Site, Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, The Berkley Historical Society, Carpenter Museum, Easton Historical Society, Freetown Historical Society, Marshfield Historical Society and Middleborough Historical Association, Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit all part of the great Passport to history program,

"Thursday Night at the Museum" continues on Thursday May 30 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on 42 Union Street i...
05/29/2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum" continues on Thursday May 30 at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on 42 Union Street in Attleboro Massachusetts. Get a preview of the upcoming "Passport to History 2019", this year the program has added six new historic venues and museums. Passports will be available after 6:30 pm for you to get at "Thursday Night at the Museum." This program runs from June 1 to September 1. Passport to History was developed by the OCHM and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Dighton Cultural Council, the Berkley Cultural Council, and the Middleborough Cultural Council.

The museum is open the last Thursday of the Month. We will carry on "Thursday Night at The Museum into 2019. 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 or email at [email protected]. We are on the web at Facebook-Attleboro Area Industrial Museum and at www.industrialmuseum.com

April 30 the Attleboro Industrial Museum lost one of the members of our Board of Directors, Charlie Thomae. He made my s...
05/22/2019

April 30 the Attleboro Industrial Museum lost one of the members of our Board of Directors, Charlie Thomae. He made my short time knowing him much richer and way more interesting. I will miss listening to his stories jammed with so much history of the life in the Attleboro area over the past decades. I would call him when I had a question about a company, a person or a process. I would laugh out loud when I got his answering machine message. It was one for the ages. He will be missed.

On the same day, Daris Keeler, wife of Dr. Robert Keeler passed away, both have been great supporters of the Museum. Recently they visited the Museum and gifted the collection with a biography, authored by Dr. Keeler, of the Keeler family including twenty photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s of the McCrea Keeler Jewelry Company.

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is hosting two of these events  as part of our "Thursday Night at the Museum"  seri...
05/04/2019
Five events will usher in Attleboro's 3rd Steampunk Festival

The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum is hosting two of these events as part of our "Thursday Night at the Museum" series.
Thursday Night June 27 at 6pm with Robert Megerdichian

Thursday Night October 24 at 6pm "Tinker Bots"

Try these other events to get ready for Jewelry City Steampunk festival on Saturday October 26, 2019

ATTLEBORO — Organizers are planning five events in Attleboro for the five months leading up to the third annual Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Don't forget "Thursday Night at the Museum" The Museum is open until 8 pm tomorrow night. "Hit the Target"  will be avai...
04/24/2019

Don't forget "Thursday Night at the Museum" The Museum is open until 8 pm tomorrow night. "Hit the Target" will be available.

Thanks to The Splendid Teapot Racing Lady for coming to the Industrial Museum today.  You can see her at the Watch City ...
04/19/2019

Thanks to The Splendid Teapot Racing Lady for coming to the Industrial Museum today. You can see her at the Watch City Steampunk Festival on May 11 in Waltham Massachusetts. 10am - 5pm on Waltham Common

More teapot racing today at the Industrial Museum.  It was fun.
04/19/2019

More teapot racing today at the Industrial Museum. It was fun.

04/19/2019

Lots of Racing going on at the "Splendid Teapot Races" today. Fun for all who came to the event.

"Splendid Teapot Races" tomorrow at 10:30-12:00  Tinker Bots and Hit the Target will start at 12:30 tomorrow to make roo...
04/18/2019

"Splendid Teapot Races" tomorrow at 10:30-12:00
Tinker Bots and Hit the Target will start at 12:30 tomorrow to make room for the "Splendid Teapot Races"

Next Week stop by for April Vacation Activities Thursday Friday and Saturday  10am-4pm
04/11/2019

Next Week stop by for April Vacation Activities Thursday Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm

April School Vacation Activities coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday during regular hours.  April 18, 19, &  20."Tinker...
04/05/2019

April School Vacation Activities coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday during regular hours. April 18, 19, & 20.
"Tinker Bots Return" and "Hit the Target" a Rube Goldberg problem/activity

"Splendid Teapot Races" Friday only from 10:30-12:00
co-sponsored by Jewelry City Steampunk Festival and the Industrial Museum as part of the "Six Months of Steampunk" series leading to the Third Annual Jewelry City Steampunk Festival on Saturday October 26, 2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum" this month features Rachel Killion from the Attleboro Historical Preservation Society to ...
03/28/2019

"Thursday Night at the Museum" this month features Rachel Killion from the Attleboro Historical Preservation Society to talk about a new event coming in the first Saturday in June, hear about some special activities planned for April School Vacation here at the Museum, "Passport to History 2019" bigger than 2018, "Six Months of Steampunk" from the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival. Lots going on, come by see the Museum and hear the news

Great visit by the Wolf Den 8 from Pack 24 last night at the Industrial Museum.  They were a perfect 3 for 3 with my que...
03/27/2019

Great visit by the Wolf Den 8 from Pack 24 last night at the Industrial Museum. They were a perfect 3 for 3 with my questions about the exhibits as they learned about how their community had changed over time. Good Luck with your projects 😆

"Hit the Target" a Rube Goldberg activity during Blue Steam Ahead at Attleboro High School this past Tuesday!  Lots of g...
03/14/2019

"Hit the Target" a Rube Goldberg activity during Blue Steam Ahead at Attleboro High School this past Tuesday! Lots of great people visiting and trying the activity at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum table. Come on down to the Industrial Museum and check us out!

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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