Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Environment


2450 Beacon StreetChestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum uses its architecturally magnificent building, mammoth steam pumping engines, and the adjacent historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir to interpret unique stories of one of the country’s earliest metropolitan water systems. Through educational programs and exhibits focused on engineering, architecture, social history, public health, and safe water access, the Museum connects historic narratives to current issues and future challenges.


The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street in Boston, opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic waterworks that supplied the City of Boston with public water.

The Museum presents unique stories of this early metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on the themes of engineering, architecture, social history, public health, and safe water access. The Waterworks Museum is located inside the former High-Service pumping station, a Richardsonian Romanesque building dating to the late 1880’s. The Museum consists of the Great Engines Hall, housing three historic steam-powered pumping engines, and a two story glass-enclosed pavilion, featuring an Overlook Gallery with rotating exhibits and interactive elements. Education programs, guest lectures, guided or self-led tours, and other special community and family programs are part of the regular calendar of events. Private social or corporate events are also possible through special arrangement.

Directions and hours can be found at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @MetroWaterworks. Accessible by T on the Green Line "C" and "D" trains, and by Bus (#51 and #86). Limited parking available onsite. ADA accessible and stroller friendly.


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