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Visiting the Waterworks Museum

Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA

Image courtesy of the Waterworks Museum website

With warm June weather come thoughts of splashing around in a pool, lake or other body of water. Did you know Chestnut Hill offers a destination providing an intriguing glimpse into the substance that provides recreational opportunities and so much more? Learn fascinating facts about H20 in 2015 with a visit to the Waterworks Museum. Enjoy the following features:

  • Three giant Victorian steam engines
  • Beautifully preserved buildings
  • 1.25-mile walking trail surrounding the reservoir
  • Set in the lovely Chestnut Hill area

Whether you’re a visitor or local, you’ll be mesmerized by the story of water’s key role in the history and development of Boston. The museum is located at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, a former municipal water source and current backup for the Quabbin Reservoir.

Waterworks Museum Outside

Image courtesy of the Waterworks Museum website

Fans of Victorian architecture and Victoriana in general will marvel at the museum’s surroundings and original waterworks equipment. Huge steam-pumping engines assembled on-site in the late nineteenth century make for awe-inspiring viewing. Views of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir are equally amazing as the June sun hits the water and the grass surrounding the picturesque trail appears lush and green.

Several means of touring the museum are available. With your choice of self-guided and guided tours, field trips and group tours, it’s easy to customize the way you view the facility and learn about its contents. Children and adults will love the history lesson disguised as an exciting glimpse at antique machinery housed in a lovely Victorian building.

Whether you visit alone, with your family or as part of a group, you’ll gain incredible insight into Boston’s history. The knowledge you’ll gain is as relevant in 2015 as it was in the 1870s when this Chestnut Hill gem was built. Admission is free, but five-dollar donations are encouraged to fund educational programs.

Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon St.
Boston MA
617.277.0065

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