Scattered throughout the museum is an assortment of machines that perform various tasks that many folks rarely encounter. A vintage apparatus that makes 40,000 candy bags per hour. A behemoth of a machine that makes tiny tacks and the rivets you find in blue jeans. A player piano with its works exposed, and an automatic machine that once turned out microscopic screws for pocket watches.
Add to these a water wheel governor, an Edwardian-era telephone booth, switchboard, and a foot-powered printing press, and you’ll agree that the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation has a delightful surprise around every turn. Each is fascinating and in its own way beautiful. You’ll never think about machines the same way again!