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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, urbanism, public health, and social history, the Museum connects these stories 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 and landmark buildings 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 engineering, architecture, social history, urbanism, and public health. The Waterworks sits on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station in 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 the Overlook Gallery. Education programs, guest lecture series, self-paced tours, and other special 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 www.WaterworksMuseum.org. 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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