Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation The Charles River Museum celebrates the foundation of the American Industrial Revolution. Our venue is perfect for unforgettable events!
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Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on the National Register of Historic Places as America’s first factory. Hands on exhibits feature American innovation and invention from 1812 to modern day, including the Boston Manufacturing Company, The Orient Bicycle and Metz Automobile, the Waltham Watch Factory and more. In addition to the core exhibits in the Main Gallery and Watch Gallery, the Museum also features two revolving exhibit spaces, changing anywhere from 3-6 months. To see what is on display now, visit our website: www.charlesrivermuseum.org Please park in the Waltham Municipal Parking Lot located off Pine Street (behind the Embassy Movie Theater).

Thank you to Joyce Funeral Home for their Sous Chef sponsorship of  our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival! T...
02/15/2020

Thank you to Joyce Funeral Home for their Sous Chef sponsorship of our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival!

Tickets available here: bit.ly/FWCB20

We’d like to welcome back our Moody St. neighbors Bistro781 as part of our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival...
02/15/2020

We’d like to welcome back our Moody St. neighbors Bistro781 as part of our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival!

Tickets available here: bit.ly/FWCB20

TODAY!!Sat, Feb. 15th! 10AM-4PMThe NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns f/its 24th year at the Museum! See...
02/15/2020

TODAY!!
Sat, Feb. 15th!
10AM-4PM
The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns f/its 24th year at the Museum! See amazing model boats, trains, planes, Rube Goldberg devices & so much more and meet the people who made them!

02/15/2020
Getting to the Charles River Museum By Car

Planning on coming to the New England Model Engineering Show today 10AM-4PM ?

DON'T GET LEFT OUT IN THE COLD!!

If it's your first time here, make sure not to get lost by following this handy video!! youtu.be/La8hxqxaHjI

Due to our actual physical distance from Moody Street itself even though we have a Moody Street address, first time visitors usually struggle to find us. Thi...

EVENINGS AT THE MUSEUM return NEXT WEDNESDAY!On select Wednesdays and Fridays we open 5-8PM for those of you who maybe c...
02/14/2020

EVENINGS AT THE MUSEUM return NEXT WEDNESDAY!

On select Wednesdays and Fridays we open 5-8PM for those of you who maybe can't make it during our regular hours, or those who just want to enjoy an evening amongst history!

Wed 2/19
Wed 3/11
Fri 4/17
Fri 5/29
Wed 6/17

02/14/2020
Getting to the Charles River Museum By Car

Planning on coming to the New England Model Engineering Show tomorrow, 10AM-4PM ? bit.ly/NEMES20

If it's your first time here, make sure not to get lost by following this handy video!!

Due to our actual physical distance from Moody Street itself even though we have a Moody Street address, first time visitors usually struggle to find us. Thi...

SO MANY GREAT ARTISTS in our 2020 Spring 2nd Shift Music Series lineup! One show's already sold out & the rest are movin...
02/12/2020

SO MANY GREAT ARTISTS in our 2020 Spring 2nd Shift Music Series lineup! One show's already sold out & the rest are moving fast, so don't miss out!

3/5 Barnstar! SOLD OUT!
3/19 Teddy Thompson bit.ly/TTHOMP
4/2 Hank Wonder bit.ly/HANKWO
4/16 Caroline Spence . bit.ly/CSPENCE
4/30 Dori Freeman bit.ly/DORIFR
5/14 Freddy & Francine bit.ly/FREDFRA

Tix for all and more info: bit.ly/2ndSFT

A reminder that the Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow, February 13th, so that we may celebrate our great group of Museum vo...
02/12/2020

A reminder that the Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow, February 13th, so that we may celebrate our great group of Museum volunteers!

We apologize for any inconvenience!

We’re pleased to announce that the always amazing BACKROOM at Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions will be partnering with ...
02/11/2020

We’re pleased to announce that the always amazing BACKROOM at Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions will be partnering with us this Spring for DINNER & A SHOW!

More info at bit.ly/DinShw,
see our concert lineup at bit.ly/2ndSFT
and visit Moody’s online at www.moodyswaltham.com/backroom

02/11/2020
The Hank Wonder Trio - "Loverboy" [LIVE at Aeronaut Brewing]

Hank Wonder at the 2nd Shift Music Series April 2nd!

Imagine, if you will, the musical lovechild of Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder. This Boston-based band isn’t afraid to strike off down the unpaved roads in search of that place on the map where the twang of classic country meets the grit of southern soul.

HANK WONDER is fronted by Darren Buck, who has the kind of honeyed voice that is smooth as bourbon and energetic enough to fill an arena (or, say, a 200-year old factory), and also features the rock-solid rhythm of Michael Loria on acoustic guitar and the virtuosic, classically-trained Annie Bartlett on fiddle.

Come on out and groove to a band with a joyful sound that is equal parts down home and gussied up. Tickets: Tixbit.ly/HANKWO

Original tune from Boston-based The Hank Wonder Trio playing live in Cambridge MA at Aeronaut Brewing. The Hank Wonder Trio is: Annie Bartlett - fiddle, voca...

THIS SATURDAY!!February 15th! 10AM-4PM The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns for its 24th year at the M...
02/09/2020

THIS SATURDAY!!
February 15th! 10AM-4PM

The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns for its 24th year at the Museum!

See amazing model boats, trains, planes, Rube Goldberg devices & so much more while also meeting the people who made them!
Tickets & more info avail here: bit.ly/NEMES20

02/08/2020
LEGO Paper Plane Machine - Arrow Electronics

We love our Waltham Bag & Paper Co. paper bag making machine. AND we love #LEGO! This video is, of course, right up our alley!

It is a behind the scenes of a really nice project. On July of 2015 I was hired by Elevation Digital Media to build a LEGO machine that could fold and launch...

Thank you to Green Mountain Energy Company​ for their GOLD level sponsorship of the 24th Annual NEMES Show!⁣⁣⁣⁣The NEW E...
02/08/2020

Thank you to Green Mountain Energy Company​ for their GOLD level sponsorship of the 24th Annual NEMES Show!⁣
⁣⁣
⁣The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns f/its 24th year at the Museum! See amazing model boats, trains, planes, Rube Goldberg devices & so much more while also meeting the people who made them! Tickets & more info avail here: bit.ly/NEMES20

NOTICE: The Charles River Museum will be CLOSED on Thursday February 13th, so that we may may honor our beloved voluntee...
02/07/2020

NOTICE: The Charles River Museum will be CLOSED on Thursday February 13th, so that we may may honor our beloved volunteer staff! We apologize for any inconvenience

Sat, Feb. 15th! The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns for its 24th year at the Museum! See amazing mode...
02/05/2020
24th Annual NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SHOW

Sat, Feb. 15th! The NEW ENGLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY show returns for its 24th year at the Museum!

See amazing model boats, trains, planes, Rube Goldberg devices & so much more while also meeting the people who made them!
Tickets & more info avail here: bit.ly/NEMES20

Tickets for this event are available at the door. Tickets sold online have a processing fee attached. The 24th annual NEMES Model Engineering Show!The New England Model Engineering Society brings their annual show to the Charles River Museum on Saturday, February 15th! See operating scale: • steam...

EVENINGS AT THE MUSEUM return! On select Wednesdays and Fridays we open 5-8PM for those of you who maybe can't make it d...
02/05/2020

EVENINGS AT THE MUSEUM return!
On select Wednesdays and Fridays we open 5-8PM for those of you who maybe can't make it during our regular hours or those who just want to enjoy an evening out amongst history!

Winter/Spring dates:
Wed 2/19
Wed 3/11
Fri 4/17
Fri 5/29

01/31/2020

The Barnstar! Show March 5th is SOLD OUT

01/30/2020
Garden Sessions: Teddy Thompson - Heartbreaker Please April 4th, 2019 Underwater Sunshine Festival

We're insanely pleased with our upcoming 2nd Shift Music Series season. One of the highlights is the second show out of the gate, featuring a performer who is second to none, Mr. Teddy Thompson. If you don't know what to expect from the evening, just give this a listen. The title song of his upcoming album, heartbreaker Please. We guarantee you'll be enthralled.
www.teddythompson.net

Tickets available here: bit.ly/TTHOMP

Teddy Thompson sits down for a One On One Garden Session for The Underwater Sunshine Festival on April 4th, 2019. Watch the full session here: https://youtu....

TEDDY THOMPSON 3/19What do you get when you take the early rock n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and The Everly Br...
01/30/2020
2nd SHIFT Concert: TEDDY THOMPSON

TEDDY THOMPSON 3/19
What do you get when you take the early rock n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and The Everly Brothers and filter it through the offspring of British folk rock royalty Richard and Linda Thompson? You get something that sounds a lot like Teddy Thompson, who has forged a sound all his own that is equal parts rock and country, folk and pop, throughout the six albums to his name.

Thompson will make his 2nd Shift Music Series debut hot off the heels of the April 24th release of his upcoming album, Heartbreaker Please.

tickets: bit.ly/TTHOMP

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior. Teddy Thompsonteddythompson.net What do you get when you take the early rock n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and The Everly Brothers and filter it through the offspring of British folk rock royalty Richard and Linda Thompson? You ge...

Psyched to have Wormtown Brewery join us for our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival on March 26th!Tickets ava...
01/29/2020

Psyched to have Wormtown Brewery join us for our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival on March 26th!

Tickets available here: bit.ly/FWCB20

ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT!If you're on the fence on this one, don't get left out! The 1st of the 2020 season & our 50th @2...
01/29/2020
2nd SHIFT Concert: BARNSTAR!

ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT!

If you're on the fence on this one, don't get left out!

The 1st of the 2020 season & our 50th @2ndSHIFTMusic show!m 3/5 Barnstar! forges a sound that both acknowledges and refuses to be constrained by tradition.
And they put on a helluva good time!

Tix bit.ly/BRNSTR20

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior. BARNSTAR!wearebarnstar.com It only takes seeing one Barnstar! performance to witness how hard the band works to justify the exclamatory punctuation that is an integral part of its name. Using the familiar tools of the bluegrass genre—fiddl...

The 2020 Waltham FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, March 26th at the Charles River Museum! It's a celebration of Waltha...
01/29/2020
2020 Waltham Food, Wine, & Craft Beer Festival

The 2020 Waltham FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, March 26th at the Charles River Museum! It's a celebration of Waltham restaurants, local craft beer and great wine, all in the setting of one of America's most historic industrial sites!

Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/FWCB20

The 2020 Waltham FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL! It's Waltham's biggest celebration of its diverse area restaurants, Massachusetts' best breweries, and some great wine–The WALTHAM FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, now its 28th year! The Charles River Museum is located in the historic Francis C...

The Charles River Museum has learned of the passing of powerhouse drummer, teacher, and Waltham son Bob Gullotti. We her...
01/29/2020

The Charles River Museum has learned of the passing of powerhouse drummer, teacher, and Waltham son Bob Gullotti. We here at the Museum were blessed to have had Bob perform for us as part of his legendary jazz trio, The Fringe.
RIP

Don't get left out! Tickets are selling fast for BARNSTAR! 3/5!It only takes seeing one Barnstar! performance to witness...
01/27/2020
2nd SHIFT Concert: BARNSTAR!

Don't get left out! Tickets are selling fast for BARNSTAR! 3/5!

It only takes seeing one Barnstar! performance to witness how hard the band works to justify the exclamatory punctuation that is an integral part of its name. Using the familiar tools of the bluegrass genre—fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and upright bass—Barnstar! forges a sound that both acknowledges and refuses to be constrained by tradition.

They put on a rousing show for a sell-out crowd at the museum a couple years ago, and we are excited to have them back several months in advance of the release of their upcoming third album.

Tix: bit.ly/BRNSTR20

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior. BARNSTAR!wearebarnstar.com It only takes seeing one Barnstar! performance to witness how hard the band works to justify the exclamatory punctuation that is an integral part of its name. Using the familiar tools of the bluegrass genre—fiddl...

Yesterday was great! Thank you to EVERYONE who came by to visit! Faithful museum-goers and first-timers alike! And thank...
01/25/2020

Yesterday was great! Thank you to EVERYONE who came by to visit! Faithful museum-goers and first-timers alike! And thank you to Balani Waltham for the amazing food!

Most of all, once again, THANK YOU to the The City of Waltham and its citizens. We love our new windows and our new view, inside & out!

As we approach the end of our day session of FREE ADMISSION DAY, we want to remind you that just because the DAY may be ...
01/24/2020

As we approach the end of our day session of FREE ADMISSION DAY, we want to remind you that just because the DAY may be over, the EVENING is still yet to begin!

We'll be open tonight for an EVENING AT THE MUSEUM from 5-8 (final admission at 7:30) and, just like the earlier part, it's FREE ADMISSION! What a great way to see the Museum off hours—and the price is right!

Again, this is our thanks to the City of Waltham and its residents for the Community Preservation grant which made the restoration of our lovely windows possible!

We’d like to welcome BearMoose Brewing Company as part of our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival! Tickets ava...
01/24/2020

We’d like to welcome BearMoose Brewing Company as part of our 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival!

Tickets available here: bit.ly/FWCB20

A big thank you to our friends Balani Waltham for the delicious bites we’re lucky to be able to share with everyone toda...
01/24/2020

A big thank you to our friends Balani Waltham for the delicious bites we’re lucky to be able to share with everyone today on FREE ADMISSION DAY!

We are open regular hours, 10:30AM-3:30PM (last admission at 3PM), we will also be open this EVENING 5-8PM (last admission at 7:30) and both sessions are free as a thank you to the City of Waltham for our lovely new windows!

Been thinking about stopping by the Museum? TODAY is THE DAY! Besides being open regular hours, 10:30AM-3:30PM (last adm...
01/24/2020

Been thinking about stopping by the Museum? TODAY is THE DAY! Besides being open regular hours, 10:30AM-3:30PM (last admission at 3PM), we will also be open this EVENING 5-8PM (last admission at 7:30).

BEST OF ALL WE'RE 😲FREE 😲ALL DAY!!

It's our way of giving back a little something to the people and the City of Waltham for theiassistancece in the restoration and replacement of the Museum's South-facing windows! Come down and see them!

01/23/2020
Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot!

We're huge fans of MythBusters' Adam Savage as well as our Waltham hometown tech heroes Boston Dynamics, so we were tickled to see them get to play together! SO cool!

Hi, Spot!

Adam welcomes a new member to the Tested family: Boston Dynamics' Spot robot! All throughout this year, Adam will be conducting builds and projects with Spot...

This show is SELLING FAST! Don't miss out on the party!The 1st of the 2020 season & our 50th 2nd Shift Music Series show...
01/22/2020
2nd SHIFT Concert: BARNSTAR!

This show is SELLING FAST! Don't miss out on the party!

The 1st of the 2020 season & our 50th 2nd Shift Music Series show!
March 5th Barnstar! forges a sound that both acknowledges and refuses to be constrained by tradition. And they put on a helluva good time!

Tix bit.ly/BRNSTR20

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior. BARNSTAR!wearebarnstar.com It only takes seeing one Barnstar! performance to witness how hard the band works to justify the exclamatory punctuation that is an integral part of its name. Using the familiar tools of the bluegrass genre—fiddl...

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts for their Iron Chef Level sponsorship of the 2020 Waltham Food, Wine...
01/22/2020

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts for their Iron Chef Level sponsorship of the 2020 Waltham Food, Wine, & Craft Beer Festival!⁣⁣
⁣⁣
⁣⁣Interested in sponsoring this year? Visit: bit.ly/FWCBsponsors

01/21/2020
Barnstar! Cumberland Blue Line HD

Barnstar! hits the 2nd Shift Music Series stage on March 5th for our 50th show of that great music series! They sold out last time they played and are on the fast track to do it again! If you love rousing, soulful music (and we know you do!) you don't dare miss this! Join the party here: bit.ly/BRNSTR20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyGUDpPrPSw

This is an original song by Charlie Rose. Barnstar! is celebrating the release of their new album "Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!" on February 3, 2015.

When you have a gem, you polish it and put it in a nice setting to show it off. For far too long, this gem has been negl...
01/17/2020

When you have a gem, you polish it and put it in a nice setting to show it off. For far too long, this gem has been neglectfully hidden in plain sight. So much so that, even though it had been out in our Main Gallery, about as close to the middle of the room as it could be, a long-time museum volunteer had never noticed it.

No more. This week we brought it out from the shadows, so to speak, and placed it center stage. This lovely, unrestored-condition 1908 Marsh-Metz, made in Brockton, MA, is one of the great, historic American motorcycles. We are so proud we can display it properly now.

There's still a lot of work left to present it fully, and tell its story within Waltham, within Massachusetts, the history of transportation, and more, but I doubt, if you come by the Museum, that it's something you'll miss seeing!

We've been marvelling at the view from the South side of the river ever since our new neighbors, The Edison on the Charl...
01/16/2020

We've been marvelling at the view from the South side of the river ever since our new neighbors, The Edison on the Charles opened up the lovely walkway & park. But we're getting so vain about how good WE look we need to mention how nice it is to be able to look out our new windows at THEM !

BLAST FROM THE PAST: From an old press photo: Governor Michael Dukakis punches in at the CRMII in 1986.
01/16/2020

BLAST FROM THE PAST: From an old press photo: Governor Michael Dukakis punches in at the CRMII in 1986.

Our Moody St. neighbor, Balani Waltham, is both a DINNER AND A SHOW bit.ly/DinShw mainstay, but also our first (but far ...
01/16/2020
Balani Waltham

Our Moody St. neighbor, Balani Waltham, is both a DINNER AND A SHOW bit.ly/DinShw mainstay, but also our first (but far from last) 2020 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival bit.ly/FWCB20 restaurant.

A fun & funky joint with great food, unique cocktails and a helluva music playlist, we're happy to share they will be opening on Sundays starting this week!
http://balaniwaltham.com/

"Stunning Venue5 stars across the board…We still have guests talking about how amazing our venue was. I knew that I want...
01/15/2020

"Stunning Venue
5 stars across the board…
We still have guests talking about how amazing our venue was. I knew that I wanted something different for our wedding. I had no idea what we were in for when we walked into the CRMII. It was amazing. All exposed brick, old antique everything - it is what my dreams were made of… It was truly a dream wedding."
– Bride from December 2019

See what newlyweds are saying about having one of the biggest nights of their lives under our historic roof! bit.ly/WedWRev

And to learn more about hosting your wedding (or other special event) with us, visit: www.charlesrivermuseum.org

We love our weddings here at the Museum.– being a part of the special start of a new world for two people is such a joy!...
01/15/2020

We love our weddings here at the Museum.– being a part of the special start of a new world for two people is such a joy! Our friends at Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors are offering a wedding couples wine tasting at their 894 Main St Waltham location on 3/16.

The event is FREE & a great way to select some special wines to remember of a day you will never forget!

Psyched about our Spring 2020 2nd Shift Music Series lineup(Tix: bit.ly/2ndSFT)? Well, DINNER & A SHOW, in conjunction w...
01/15/2020

Psyched about our Spring 2020 2nd Shift Music Series lineup(Tix: bit.ly/2ndSFT)?

Well, DINNER & A SHOW, in conjunction with some of Waltham's finest food establishments, is back as well!

Buy concert tickets in advance and get 15% off your meal at Balani Waltham, Bison County, Bistro781 or Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, with more restaurants to come! Full details and Info at: bit.ly/DinShw –Gonna be some great nights out in Waltham...

Address

154 Moody St
Waltham, MA
02453

Near Waltham Commuter rail stop, buses 70, 70A, 170, 505, 553, 554, 556, 558,

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:30 - 15:30
Friday 10:30 - 15:30
Saturday 10:30 - 14:30
Sunday 10:30 - 14:30

Telephone

(781) 893-5410

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Mike, Thank you this looks like a great place to visit. We lived in that area many years ago and were unaware of its existence. We will add it to our list of places to visit. Did you do any displays there?
Richard Friedman has been working on the paper bag machine.
Enjoyed the New England Model Engineering Show with my RPI friend Miriam Debra Scheiman. Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
I love that you've created a music series at the museum. Thank you! Hope to see many more shows next year. Here are the photos I took of the Tarbox Ramblers.
We visited the Waltham Fire Department today. One thing we got was this nozzle for foam.
S & G Project Gallery in New Bedford is presenting a show followers to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation may find interesting and worth seeing. On a studio tour in 2005 in town of Warren, RI, artist Kathy Hodge chanced upon a small shoemaking shop. The heavy, oily, cast iron machines standing like totems around the perimeter of the room fascinated her. Drawn to their industrial beauty, she began a series of paintings... See more info in the link below. We will be open during August's 2nd Saturdays at Hatch Street Monthly Open House on 8/11 from noon to 5p. You can also contact us for an appointment for a private viewing. Check out more information on the show and what else we have to offer this season. http://sandgprojectgallery.com/projects.html#khshb During our events and private showings the elevator will be staffed for those who find our stairs daunting. Always plenty of free parking too. https://artscopemagazine.com/cent…/may-june-2018-centerfold/
There were some kids visiting the museum today.
Flowers from the a corporate event held at the Watch City's own Museum of Industry and Innovation. https://www.facebook.com/gardenandroads/posts/615110602162883
Some of our gears. :-)