Museum of Work & Culture

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.

  • Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays.
  • Closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day , Victory Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  The museum will close at 1:00pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors/Students: $6
  • providence blue starChildren under 10: FREE w/ adult
  • RIHS Members: FREE
  • Groups of 10 or more, $6 per person

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Address & Parking Info

42 South Main Street

Woonsocket, RI 02895

(401) 769-WORK (9675)

Free parking on-site.


All-Ability Inclusive Offerings: Made-to-Order Program 

The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to provide supportive tools and programming for the all-ability community.

On the second Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for families seeking a low sensory, less crowded environment in which to enjoy the Museum. During this time trained staff and volunteers are on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visiting families who have children with special needs.

Additionally, on Mondays the Museum is open to schools and development centers who wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports their needs. Sensory elements such as lighting and sound are adjusted, and a trained docent guides groups through the Museum, creating an educational, hands-on experience for all visitors.

Reservations for Made-to-Order Mondays are required and can be made by calling Education & Program Coordinator Sarah Carr at 401-769-9675 x. 2.

The Museum is currently working with art & music therapists to create a slate of programs to offer on Saturday mornings. If you would like to be notified when these programs become available please register here.

Click here to learn more about this programming.

Treasury of Life Exhibit

Click here to learn more about the Treasury of Life at the Museum of Work & Culture, presented by Navigant Credit Union.What did they do when they got here? Who helped them along the way? The stories of French Canadian immigrants provide the voice for these universal struggles of all immigrants to America. Our permanent exhibit, Going to Work: Twentieth Century Settlers to the Blackstone Valley, brings new voices and faces to the museum and this site.

Want 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!