The Blackstone Valley Sights

Museum of Work and Culture

  • 42 S. Main St. Map It
  • Woonsocket
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

In a former textile mill, this interactive museum examines the lives of American factory workers and owners during the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on French Canadian immigrants to Woonsocket's mills, the museum's cleverly laid-out walk-through exhibits begin with a 19th-century Québécois farmhouse, then continue with displays of life in a 20th-century tenement, Catholic school, church, and on the shop floor. The genesis of the textile workers' union is described, as are the events that led to the National Textile Strike of 1934. There also an engaging presentation about child labor.

Sight Information


42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Tues.–Fri., 9:30–4, Sat. 10–4, Sun. 1–4.

Updated 12/23/2013


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