The mission of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is to encourage and inspire future innovation in America. We do this through our collections and programs, by exploring the historical impact of industry on American culture, by examining the dynamic processes of invention and innovation, by celebrating our location in Waltham as a foundation of the American Industrial Revolution, by connecting the expertise of older generations with the inquisitiveness of young people, and by delighting audiences of all ages with an educational and engaging museum experience.
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.
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