Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

Dedicated to telling the story of Boston's historic water system.

2450 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02467

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The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is located in the old Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station, on the scenic Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The original station was built in 1887, and added on to in 1897. The three pumping engines housed within the museum operated every day until the late 1970s, when Boston's primary water supply became the Quabbin Reservoir. A unique intersection of architecture, engineering, public health, and social history, the Waterworks Museum is a hidden gem of the Boston museum community, interpreting the stories of one of the first metropolitan water systems in the United States.

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