Museum of Work & Culture

014The 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.


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  • 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:ISA

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

Yin/Yang by Paul Coté

November 16 – January 5

The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to present the abstract expressionist work of local artist Paul M. Coté. The exhibit includes a dozen never-before-seen works created by Coté in 2016.

Click here for more information about upcoming programs and events at the Museum of Work & Culture.

Student & Group Tours

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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

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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

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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.


Facility Rentals

ITU (Round tables with dance floor)

The Museum is an ideal venue for meetings, receptions, birthday parties, showers, and class or family reunions. Click here for more details.