The Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Museum features include:
– Nine immersive exhibits
– Audio & film presentations
– Hands-on activities & games
– Changing exhibits & special events
– Rental space
- Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Closed on Mondays.
- Closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
- Adults: $8
- Students & Seniors: $6
- Children under 10: FREE w/ adult
- RIHS Members: FREE
- Groups of 10 or more: $6 per person
Address & Accessibility Information:
42 South Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 769-WORK (9675)
Free parking on-site.
All facilities & exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
Changing Exhibits, Programming, & Events
Current Gallery Exhibition
Community Care Alliance: Human Services in Woonsocket, A 125 Year History
August 17 – September 17
This exhibit traces the history of human service organizations in the city of Woonsocket, including the name changes, mergers, and community partnerships that have led to the formation of Community Care Alliance as it exists today. Displayed artifacts include photographs, daily log books, expenditure ledgers, and board manager journals dating from the organization’s founding in 1891.
Click here for more information about upcoming programs and events at the Museum of Work & Culture.
Student & Group Tours
The Museum of Work & Culture is an excellent destination for school groups, homeschooling families, senior living centers, and social organizations to learn more about local history, industrialization, and immigration. Click here to learn more about tour options and to view our booking calendar.
The Museum is also proud to offer our SensAbilities Program, including Made-to-Order Monday. Groups who wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports there needs are welcome to make reservations for Mondays, when the Museum is not open to the public. Sound and lighting elements are adjusted to suit the groups needs and trained guides are on hand to lead the group through the Museum and engage learners with touch objects, scent boxes, and more! In addition, tools including a social story, checklists, and “first-then” boards have been developed for those on the autism spectrum. Click here to access these tools and learn more about our SensAbilities Programming.
Woonsocket Works — A New Digital Exhibit Space
Woonsocket Works is a new exhibit space under development at the Museum of Work & Culture. The exhibit will feature the latest in multi-touch and multi-user technology to trace how the explosive growth of mill production transformed the people and landscape of Woonsocket. Click here to learn how you can become a part of Woonsocket Works & to track our progress.
The Treasury of Life
Would you like to see your family’s history in a museum? Preserve the precious objects and materials that tell your family’s history in this unique exhibit! Click here to learn more about the Treasury of Life at the Museum of Work & Culture, presented by Navigant Credit Union.
The Museum is an ideal venue for meetings, receptions, birthday parties, showers, and class or family reunions. Click here for more details.