Waterworks Museum

The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health. Explore the remarkable machinery, wonder at the massive wrenches that kept the pumps running, and marvel at the beautiful architecture. They can take a walking tour of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, the centerpiece of an extraordinary landscaping project. Tours and hands-on experiences make learning meaningful and exciting, and the power of place deepens the understanding of history, science, engineering, and technology. Tour facilitators are well informed and address the four content areas of the Museum -- architecture, engineering, public health and social history. 

Contact Info
Address: 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467. Middlesex County. Tel: 617-277-0065. Email: info@waterworksmuseum.org. Website: waterworksmuseum.org. Hrs: Vary.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free (Fee for tours).

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.