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Address: 35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
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+1 207-333-3881
10:00 - 16:00
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8Museum L-A documents and celebrates the economic, social and technological...

8Museum L-A documents and celebrates the economic, social and technological legacy of Lewiston-Auburn and its people. Engaging exhibits, programs and special events for all ages connect history and generations - past, present and future. Current special exhibit focuses on the shoemaking industry - its history and continued presence. Future exhibits will feature the rich history of music as a local industry as well as its prominence in the region's culture and influence.

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A great start to a nice museum

I nice start to what premisses to be a great museum. They will be moving in the next year or 2, to what looks like a great location. Nice to see, read and hear about the... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2013
Auburn, Maine
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

The mill history of Maine spans centuries, family generations. It was lifeblood. To the extreme, it could consume lives, loves. Bates Mill Complex manufactured bedspreads here seemingly forever. Then one day, they stopped. Forever. Robert relates this story, this history, this panorama with an insightful tour of the mill. Feeling one's footsteps on those 19th century oil and sweat soaked... More 

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New England, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Old, sad, and depressing to think children had to work in the mill for little pay. Or, adults for that matter with no air condition. I suppose they were happy to have a job, but I see it as hell. The lady who runs the place was not pleasant at all. She was very rude, actually.

Thank Twokidsonedog
Auburn, Maine
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014

The displays are very interesting about the old mill town and the culture of the area. The place is very cold (it is an old mill) and some of the rooms are a little bare, but it is worth a visit if you're a history buff.

Thank Katherine L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This little museum is worth your time. The exhibits change regularly and the hosts/hostesses have lots of additional info.

Thank Docvml
Lewiston, Maine
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 May 2013

Nice presentation of written information. Bring on more exhibits!!! Interaction, things to see/do..... It is a rich city, lots of history, written word is good, but does not draw people.

Thank barbara a
Auburn, Maine
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284 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

I nice start to what premisses to be a great museum. They will be moving in the next year or 2, to what looks like a great location. Nice to see, read and hear about the community and the people who built it. It's a small museum at this time. About the only thing I didn't like, was the timeline... More 

Thank slalemand
Hallowell, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Museum LA Is a great way to learn about the history of Lewiston and the Bates Mills Complex. Housed in one of the former mill buildings the Museum features an interesting collection of memorabilia.

Thank Bob M
L/A, Maine
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Changing exhibits of work and history of the Lewiston-Auburn area....well done and fabulous new museum in the works

Thank crzinn

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