Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

154 Moody Street (NO parking),(See Website for parking directions), Waltham, MA 02453 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:30 a.m. ‐ 2:30 p.m. (EST)





For over 30 years, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation has championed the ingenuity, hard work, and brilliance of our country’s industrial pioneers and innovators.


From Waltham alone, we feature within our collection some of the most world-changing industries and companies. In our entryway galleries, we celebrate the Boston Manufacturing Company, whose site we call home.

Our exhibit on the Waltham Watch Company includes the most extensive public collection of Waltham watches, including examples of original watchmaking machinery. Established in the 1850s, Waltham was the first watch company to mass manufacture watches using precision machinery, producing the most precise watch in the world. Every railroad man in the US had a world-famous Waltham Watch. Its superior second-hand kept trains moving safely across America.

All manner of personal transportation–bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles, and airplanes–came out of the doors of Charles H. Metz’s Waltham Manufacturing Company, of which we are proud to exhibit several fine examples.

It’s not only Waltham which we represent. The machines we feature in our working machine shop
(driven, as many were for over a century, via a line shaft system) could have been found in almost any American factory, making and repairing the very machinery which helped build the United States into an industrial powerhouse.

Through exhibits like these, we take pride in the accomplishments of working men and women, whose diligence and innovative drive made America what it is today.


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