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Museum L-A

35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
+1 207-333-3881
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The lost art of handiwork

This is an interesting exhibit of a wide range of objects made by hand by Maine makers--from an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
elandry53
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
A trip back in history

My friend and I went there in April, it was fascinating. And priced very reasonably. The museum is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mpbouley
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Suncook, New Hampshire
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Museum 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. Gallery exhibits feature the rich heritage of the Lewiston-Auburn Maine community in relation to the amazing history of mill workers, shoe workers, and the brickyard industry as well as its prominence in the region's culture and influence.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
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+1 207-333-3881
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an interesting exhibit of a wide range of objects made by hand by Maine makers--from an hand made fishing net to carved wood objects, and several very nice textiles (quilts, woven mats).More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello! We are so happy that you visited and enjoyed our gallery exhibit called :"The Lost Art of Handiwork"! I'm guessing that you didn't have a chance to see our permanent exhibit on the second floor. I encourage you to come back to find out...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I went there in April, it was fascinating. And priced very reasonably. The museum is all about the textile mill, primarily Bates mill, which made bedspreads and other items. The main area had an exhibit by 8 th grade students about the...More

1  Thank mpbouley
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Kathy B, Directxor of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you so much for your excellent review! We appreciate you sharing your comments and are happy that you enjoyed your tour. We have many great stories to share about the people of our community who worked in the mills, shoe shops and as...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The whole family had an absolute blast at The Maine Inivation Expo held at Mueseum L.A. We all were impressed with the mere size of the museum as well as the over a hundred activities and learning centers provided. In fact the children are still...More

1  Thank Steve-Great Ste... C
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Steve, We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed the Maine Innovation Expo! The event was successful with almost 700 people attending to see the 45+ exhibitors. Feel free to stop by during our open hours to see our Museum's exhibits and...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Our tour guide through the museum (Robert) gave an excellent presentation on the town's history, technical innovations of the Mills as well an overview of the diverse immigrant populations that have contributed to the city's landscape. The tour included some wonderful hands on explanation on...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and very positive rating. We are happy that you enjoyed your tour with Robert who is truly knowledgeable about our local community's history. We are excited to see the future exhibits in our gallery and permanent...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

My colleague and I stopped by the museum, knowing that it's closed on Mondays, just to see if there were perhaps some informational material available outside the building. To our great fortune, Kathy, the museum's development director, was incredibly kind and offered to guide us...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello Cat, It was my pleasure to offer you both a tour. You can't imagine how much we appreciate your very positive feedback and rating. We truly have a hidden gem in our community, and we love to share the stories of the people who...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The experience at Museum LA far exceeded our expectations. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about giving us the tour. We were impressed with the quality of the exhibits and the details that were covered. My parents and many people I know worked at...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hello Jean, I just realized that I hadn't responded to your message and very positive rating! Thank you so much for sharing about your experience. We are a small but very powerful museum with the stories about the people who worked within the walls of...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

A FUN time for my boy & I. Great little tour!!! We learned about L/A & a lot about the Mill & all that took place. Really cool to step back in time a bit & see how things were once done if our community...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for the very positive review! I am happy that you and your son enjoyed visiting Museum L-A. Our local history is amazing with the talent, skill and grit of the people who worked within the walls of the mills and...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

It was unexpected treasure we found in our own backyard. We had said from time to time we wanted to go here and check it out. It turned into our own private tour of the history of our community. It was amazing to walk in...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Hello Lynn, Thank you so much for your wonderful rating and comment! We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Museum L-A. Our museum is an unexpected treasure, and we often hear from local people that they should have visited us sooner. Please encourage...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

A great story is told inside the beautiful historical mill! If you live in the area, there is no good excuse not to visit Museum L-A. Learning more about Lewiston's history was interesting, being in the space where much of it happened, very cool! There...More

Thank Amanda C
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

We are honored that you gave us the highest rating of 5 and for your very positive comments! We really do have great stories to tell, and we hear more every day from people who visit our museum. Thank you so much for taking the...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Wonderful opportunity to tour the old mill building as well as see the textile machinery, designs and drafting procedures with the old cards, or as my daughter said 'the ancestors to the early computers. Amazing history and great tales of the area. This little museum...More

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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you so much for your 5-star rating and your positive comments! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour of Museum L-A and that you had an opportunity to hear about the grit, ethics, and quality of the work performed by the mill,...More

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