One of our most popular areas is the Machine Shop – a re-creation of a production facility you might have seen in Waltham around the turn of the 20th century. Overhead line shafting and pulleys drive leather belts, which powers a variety of vintage machine tools – planer, shaper, miller, drill press, even a power hacksaw – some dating to the 1870s.
This isn’t just an exhibit. It’s a working shop, which the museum’s volunteers use to conserve artifacts, repair parts, and dabble in their own curious but original inventions. Stop by for a demonstration and some good conversation.