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Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 893-5410
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Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation


In 1980, members of the Waltham community, led by the passionate wisdom of industrial historian Michael Folsom, who would be the Museum's first Executive Director, incorporated the Charles River Museum of Industry.
These cultural, civic, and business leaders believed “that the people of New England deserve[d] a clearer understanding of the region’s rich industrial heritage and the ways that heritage continues to shape their lives.” The founding members wanted a “well-planned and professionally-executed museum,” and believed that incorporating resources for “instruction, recreation, preservation, and research” would go far in achieving their goals.
In 2007, the institution was renamed The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. The term "innovation" not only relates to the process of creativity and ingenuity that allows for the perfection of machines over time, it also underlines a new mission for the museum: to consider not just the past, but the present and the future. As the museum evolves, so do its goals; as history unfolds, so does the museum's relevance.
In 2018 the Museum unveiled an exhibit on the Boston Associates, America's First Industrial Dynasty. The Boston Associates, so named by 20th century historian Vera Shlakman, were a group of Boston-based businessmen gathered and initially led by Francis Cabot Lowell. Together they founded the Boston Manufacturing Company on our site in 1813 and proceeded to develop the New England textile industry and supporting organizational, financial, and transportation infrastructure until the Civil War.
To learn more about the museum and everything it has to offer visit their website.

Currently open!
Monday - Tuesday:
Wednesday - Friday:
10:30 am-3:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday:
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Private Parking
Ongoing Events & Promotions: 
27th Annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival to benefit the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
27th Annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival
Thu, 03/28/2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm


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 27th year, and returning to where it all began, The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation!

The Charles River Museum is located in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, one of the great historic sites of the American Industrial Revolution, and you will be able to roam the artifacts and exhibits highlighting the history of our great country–all right over the river from the Moody Street "Restaurant Row" of one of the most celebrated American food towns: Waltham, Massachusetts.

Famous for its ethnic diversity, Waltham’s dynamic food scene will be on elegant display at the Festival. American, Cuban, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, Persian, and more are all a part of city's food scene, and we will be presenting many of our fine local restaurants, and highlighting their unique tastes and flavors, for you to savor.

Alongside all that great food, you'll be able to sample and try some of Massachusetts best craft beers, and the connoisseurs at Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors will be serving samples of an array of noteworthy and delicious wines to complete the evening’s gourmet experience. — Whether you want to pursue your newest culinary curiosities or established passions, this is the event for you!

As if all the delicious food, wine, and craft beer weren’t enough to make for a great evening out, there will also be live music, as well as a Silent Auction featuring a diverse selection of great lifestyle prizes, including (of course!) restaurant meals, hotel stays, theatre and sporting event tickets, and many more great experiences. All proceeds will benefit the exhibits and programs of THE CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY & INNOVATION, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

For a current list of participating Waltham restaurants and the breweries joining the WALTHAM FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL in 2019, visit www.walthamfoodandwine.com.  To buy tickets online, click here.

23rd annual NEMES Model Engineering Show at Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
23rd Annual NEMES Model Engineering Show
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The 23rd annual NEMES Model Engineering Show!

The New England Model Engineering Society brings their annual show to the Charles River Museum on Saturday, February 16th! See operating scale: • steam engines • gasoline engines • aircraft engines • locomotives  • traction engines • model boats
and meet the craftsmen who built them!

This event is a popular, great event for all ages, and a chance to view wonderful working engines and machines and interact with their creators. We at the Museum look forward to this event every year!

Standard Museum admission applies.

free admission for show exhibitors
setup starts at 8:00 am
compressed air for running models provided
gas engines allowed
non-member exhibitors welcome!

For more information on the New England Model Engineering Society, visit: www.neme-s.org.  To view or download the flyer, click here.

Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors at CRMII
Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors
Fri, 02/22/2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Come meet four local authors as they discuss the ins and outs of Independent Publishing. Moderated by the Waltham Public Library, this one hour discussion panel will cover topics such as: how to get started, where/how to do research, and best marketing practices. Following the discussion panel will be a question and answer session and the chance to purchase books from the authors.

The Authors
Gledé Browne Kabongo
Gledé Browne Kabongo writes gripping psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the award-winning author of the Fearless thriller series, Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Gledé holds a Master’s degree in Communications, and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Boston Book Festival https://www.gledekabongo.com/

Herb Pearce
Herb Pearce is an expert in the Enneagram Personality Types, having taught over 2000 Enneagram workshops publicly and for hundreds of organizations and companies in the last 30 years. He is the author of of six books - Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregivers's Enneagram, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump - Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, Lessons from the River (about whitewater canoe trips in Maine), and Herb's Tips for Living. www.herbpearce.com

Faye Rapoport DesPres
Faye’s first full-length book, a memoir-in-essays titled Message From a Blue Jay, was published by independent press Buddhapuss Ink in 2014. Her second book, Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home, is a children’s book scheduled for publication by Writer’s Coffee Bar Press in October, 2018. http://fayerapoportdespres.com/

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
At last count, Tilia has published three novels, numerous short stories, and a smattering of memoir. She is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, and an instructor at Grub Street in Boston. She also sits on the board of Mystery Writers of America. http://www.tiliaklebenovjacobs.com

To learn more or register for this FREE event, click here. Doors open at 7 pm.