Industrial Design in Waltham

By Arthur Smith

Off the beaten track. 

Everybody knows about the Lowell Mills, but how many recall that Waltham was once "Watch City," the U.S. center of the trade, and so efficient in fact that it awed Henry Ford. The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation celebrates this past with exhibits on watches and clocks, textiles, a temporary exhibit entited "Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image" focusing on the work of Dave Gordon, an artist who draws inspiration from Eadweard Mybridge's pioneering photos of motion.

If you go: The museum is on Moody Street in Waltham, open Thursday-Sunday, 10-5, and is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors or students. More info at or by calling 781-893-5410.

About the Author
Arthur Smith Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith is the former editor of WGBHArts. Executive producer for digital education at WGBH, Arthur, an amateur pianist and singer, was previously a freelance classical music reviewer for the Washington Post for 9 years. He has also worked at an opera company, and ran the information service and publications programs for OPERA America, the national service organization for the art form.  Since 1991, he has been the program annotator for Vocal Arts DC, a classical song recital series based at Washington's Kennedy Center. 


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