Get Pumped About Water: the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill

MAPC staff members periodically take a portion of a day to participate in a company-wide team-building exercise, with the purpose of learning something new about our region. The most recent outing took place last month at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. This one year old museum is housed in the original, visually striking Chestnut Hill Reservoir pumping station. Restored beautifully, it is full of the original equipment that was truly an engineering marvel for its time and moved untold gallons of water towards those who needed it. Its Leavitt-Riedler Pumping Engine (1894) is one of world’s Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks as designated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  The advances in water infrastructure and technology of this pumping station had revolutionary effects on the public health of the Greater Boston region.

Many of the topics we saw on our guided tour relate closely to our work at MAPC, including water infrastructure, public health, and regional collaboration.

The museum, which is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, provides a great activity for people of all ages, complete with audio visual exhibits and fascinating lessons in history, science, public health, geography, politics, and more. For a nice walk before or after your visit, the scenic and historic Chestnut Hill reservoir is just across the street.