Engineered to Engage Curious Minds
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.
Timed to coincide with the United Nations' celebration of World Water Day on March 22, the Waterworks invites you to reflect on our most precious natural resource: water. The artists brought together for this show take a deep look at the intrinsic beauty of water, and consider the impacts of climate change and global warming that threaten the drinking water of so many across the globe.
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Dear Friends, Welcome to the new and greatly improved Waterworks Museum website! I hope you find this portal as engaging and easy to use as we do. We have built this new site to help you learn, visit, and hopefully support us in our mission to preserve and interpret the rich history of Boston’s public drinking water system. Inside, you will find new menus, links, . . .
Great Engines Hall
The centerpiece of the Waterworks Museum is its collection of steam engines. Three original coal-powered, steam-driven water pumps are preserved at the Museum and are monuments to 19th century technology and innovation. Leavitt, Worthington, and Allis stand in the Great Engines Hall and reach more than 3 stories tall. Walk around each and see the multitude of perfectly engineered parts that pumped million gallons of freshwater a day into the City of Boston.