There are many ways to experience the Waterworks Museum!

Self-Guided Tours

Visitors may browse the museum on their own. Staff members are always available to answer questions, provide directions to local venues, and point you to the nearest T stops.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available throughout the year. From spring through fall, we offer “Walk and Talks,” special tours focusing on the architecture of our building and the landscape of the area.

School Field Trips 

If you’re looking for an educational experience your students won’t forget, we can help.

From field trips to resource materials, the Waterworks Museum offers the learning experiences that educators or home schoolers are seeking. The tours and hands-on experiences make learning meaningful and exciting, and the power of place deepens students’ understanding of history, science, engineering, and technology. All school materials are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Standards.

Group Visits

Whether you are a summer camp, an afterschool program, or a senior citizen organization, we welcome groups of any size and with a variety of interests. Tour facilitators are well informed about the four content areas that the Museum addresses: architecture, engineering, public health and social history. We do not charge groups to take a general self-guided tour; our facilitators are available to answer questions. If you are interested in booking a private tour with a facilitator, please contact the Museum ahead of time. We charge $7 per person for group tours.

If you plan to bring a group and want a tour led by a facilitator, please contact the Museum to make special arrangements. Call us at 617-277-0065 or send an email request to

Professional Development for Teachers

Learn new skills by attending a professional development workshop. Our workshops provide teachers with an opportunity to explore history, engineering, architecture, and public health science. All workshops reflect the Massachusetts State Curriculum Standards.


Here’s your opportunity to engage with experts and learn about Boston’s first water safety laboratory, the politics of building the Quabbin Reservoir, the landscaping of Boston, and contemporary water issues.

Waterworks Wednesdays

On Wednesday evenings, from April through November, the Waterworks Museum hosts a variety of programs, including lectures, panel discussions, films, and concerts. Check our calendar for updates.
If you are interested in participating in a Waterworks Wednesday, please contact Eric Metzger.