The Waterworks Museum is a museum in the Chestnut Hill Waterworks building, originally a high-service pumping station of the Boston Metropolitan Waterworks. It contains well-preserved mechanical engineering devices in a Richardsonian Romanesque building.Using our online itinerary creator, Boston attractions like Metropolitan Waterworks Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
During its busiest years, the waterworks pumped as much as a hundred million gallons of water each day. The station was decommissioned in the 1970s, and later some of its buildings were turned into condominiums. After a period of disuse, the pumping station was restored, and in 2007 the Waterworks Preservation Trust was set up to oversee its conversion into a museum. In March 2011, the building reopened to the public as the Waterworks Museum.
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This is a super cool little museum. Really just a big room with some amazing machines. The displays explain how the machines worked nicely. Interesting exposure to little known history. more »
Lucky to be part of a photo group after hours. The museum staff is very friendly and accommodating. Wonderful that they kept all the old equipment. Spent two hours photographing all the unique nuts.... more »
Go see this awe inspiring relic from Boston's golden age. Definitely ask for the tour, which is free (but make a little donation). This is the coolest not-so-hidden gem I've visited in Boston in a long time, and was blown away by the breadth and depth of knowledge from the tour guides. If you're into engineering, steampunk, history, or want to know anything about where and how we get our water, you'll thoroughly enjoy this. Also, there's free parking, and it wasn't busy at all on a Sunday afternoon.
Historical and informative, I was surprised to find that admission was free of charge. The pictures on the wall showed the history of creating this urban reservoir. When I walked around the machinery and displays, I thought this would make a great wedding venue for Steampunk people. I think it's one of the best managed hidden gems in Boston.
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