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Museum L-A

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Learning about the experiences of the mill workers as you stood inside the actual mill was... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
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Amazing Building & Museum

Benjamin Bates of our Family built this mill. The inside is HUGH timbers. The mill was used to... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
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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...more
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35 Canal St, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME 04240-7740
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Learning about the experiences of the mill workers as you stood inside the actual mill was incomparable. Displays were interesting and our guide Robert, a Lewiston native, was super-informative and full of good stories. This is a gritty place, not gussied up, and history buffs...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello! My apologies for not responding to your review! I didn't see it until today. We really do have interesting displays and wonderful stories about the people who worked the equipment in the textile mills, shoe factories and brick-making companies. History buffs would definitely enjoy...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

Benjamin Bates of our Family built this mill. The inside is HUGH timbers. The mill was used to make the Famous Bates Bedspreads. A lot of the machines used are in this Museum. This is a must place to Visit.More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Hello Sandy, We definitely are a "must place to visit!" You share a bit of information about HUGH timbers that piques our curiosity, and we would love to hear more from you. Please give us a call at your convenience at 207-333-3881 to tell us...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

I live nearby but never visited it until I went in with a friend. It's a great find, especially the second floor. You will walk inside a former mill, see precious artwork, photos from many generations, as well as hear the guide tell stories to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for your high rating and your comments. We often hear from local visitors that we are a hidden gem, and they wonder why it took them so long to visit Museum L-A. We are happy that you took the time...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018

We were looking for a quick museum to visit before we headed back to Alabama and came across this place. It’s a great museum. It’s a well preserved museum that tells the story of knitting mills that made brands I recognized such as Bates and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for a #5 rating! It's very much appreciated! Museum L-A has so many stories to share with our visitors locally and from away. It's always fascinating to hear their stories about their personal experiences and those of their families and...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018

Our tour guide, Kathy, is so passionate about Museum LA and the stories to be told, that really enhanced our experience. My grandparents and parents worked in the mill and we owned Bates bedspreads, it was really nice to take a step back in time....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hello Lisa, We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour at Museum L-A! I wish we had the time to share many more of the stories we have with our visitors. As we offer tours, we often hear memories from our visitors that we add...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

This is a young museum with a lot of heart as well as history. It tells the story of mills in Lewiston- Auburn as well as the immigrants who worked and lived here. Revolving exhibits such as handiwork by locals are well documented and displayed....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Hello Anne Marie! Thank you for your excellent rating and very positive comments. Our Museum is very proud of our exhibits, events, and activities, and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We really do have a lot of heart and...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We wandered through the exhibit on handmade products made in Maine....quite varied, with excellent descriptions and photos. Then we toured upstairs with a very knowledgeable guide and saw all the old equipment and examples of the Bates textile products and the shoes that were manufactured...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you so much for your very positive rating and comments! We strive to make everyone's experience an educational and positive one. People from away leave in awe at our exhibits and the stories we tell about the people who worked within our textile mills,...More

Reviewed 2 July 2018

My cousins, sister and I experienced a guided tour this past weekend through the L-A Museum and Bates mill buildings. Our guide, Robert, was very knowledgable! We learned so much about the history of the mill and its workers, many of whom were our ancestors....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Rachel D, Owner at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

We are happy to share an amazing history of our community. The Oral Histories we have done and continue doing as well as many of our visitors keep filling in the blanks for us as we try to put complete the true picture of what...More

Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had a private tour guide and everything it was good. We learn a lot about the mill and I can't wait to cone back!!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for rating us with a 5! We're extremely happy that you enjoyed your private tour. Museum L-A is always adding new exhibits, events, and activities, so we encourage you to visit us again. Your comment is very much appreciated!

Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Our two families went to the museum today for a field trip. The exhibition room for temporary exhibits was fabulous - interesting exhibits with many interactive stations for kids too experience handicrafts hands on. We also received a tour of the permanent exhibits. Such a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kathy B, Director of Development at Museum L-A, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Hello! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and tour at Museum L-A! Our Lost Art of Handiwork exhibit is fabulous, and your positive comments about your experience are very much appreciated. We post our activities on our website often and encourage...More

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