American Jewish Historical Society 2
Thornton Rd., Waltham (781) 891.8110
(on the Brandeis University campus)
This society holds the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books, photos, and art objects relating to the experience of the Jewish people in the America’s.
Arts Series, Bentley College, LaCava Campus Center
175 Forest St., Waltham (781) 891.3424
Tickets: (781) 891.3400 Offers theater, music, dance, lectures, and an art gallery.
Charles River Museum Of Industry
154 Moody St., Waltham (781) 893.5410
The history of America’s Industrial Revolution from 1800 to the present is traced by exhibits in the Charles River Museum of Industry. It includes a 19th century textile mill, Waltham’s watch factory, a machine shop, and a power plant.
Concerts on the Waltham Common
Through the summer months, The Waltham Arts Council offers free concerts on the Waltham Common. Music includes contemporary, jazz, 50’s & 60’s, Country, Pops and Big-band.
Girl Scout Museum At Cedar Hill, Patriots’ Trail Council
265 Beaver St., Waltham (781) 893.6113
This is the largest organized council collection of Girl Scout memorabilia in the U.S. It is located on the 75 acre Warren Estate.
52 Gore St., Waltham (781) 894.2798
President James Monroe, Daniel Webster, and the Marquis de Lafayette were guests of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore and his wife at their 45-acre country estate in Waltham in the early 1800’s. The estate is still a working farm with its own flock of sheep. The elegantly furnished mansion is open to the public.
The Hovey Players Abbot Memorial Theatre
9 Spring St., Waltham (781) 893.9171
This community theatre holds productions throughout the year. Call for events.
Lyman Estate “The Vale”
185 Lyman St., Waltham Rentals, Group Tours
Greenhouse (781) 891.7095
Also called “The Vale,” the Lyman Estate was built in 1793 by a wealthy Boston merchant, Theodore Lyman. The house is closed to the public, but tours of the surrounding 30-acre English-style gardens are a year-round delight.
Mount Feake Cemetery
203 Prospect St., Waltham
A century walking tour is available.
National Archives/N.E. Region
380 Trapelo Rd., Waltham (781) 647.8100
These archives include historical records of federal agencies in New England including census, naturalization and passenger lists, and other federal activities from 1789-1970’s.
New England Heritage Center At Bentley College
175 Forest St., Waltham (781) 891.3481
This group was organized to promote interest in New England history with conferences, courses, and publications.
The Paine Estate
100 Robert Treat Paine Dr., Waltham (781) 893.0381
Located in the center of 134 acres of woodlands and meadows, the Robert Treat Paine House (Stonehurst) is the only house in Massachusetts designed by Henry Hobson Richardson which is open to the public. In addition to the early modern interior which is unequaled in the work of Richardson, visitors can enjoy the grounds designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and woodland trails throughout the estate. Guided tours are available on Tuesdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. or by appointment.
The Reagle Players
617 Lexington St., Waltham (781) 891.5600
Founded in 1969, The Reagle Players have brought a time honored tradition of excellence and award winning productions to Waltham. Offering several productions throughout the year, characteristic of keeping to the original concept where Broadway professionals teach and work alongside talented amateurs. The theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Contact the Box office for upcoming productions, dates and prices.
The Rose Art Museum
415 South St., Brandeis University, Waltham (781) 736.3434
The Rose Art Museum has one of the largest collections of contemporary American and European art in New England. Featured in changing exhibits throughout the year are paintings, sculptors’ drawings, and photographs.
Waltham Farmers Market
One Moody St., Waltham (781) 893.0361/899.5344
Massachusetts-grown fruits, vegetables, organic produce, herbs, cheese, eggs, baked goods, flowers and plants, turkey pies, soups, salads, sausages, preserves, honey and syrup, hamburger and other farm products are sold. Run by a group of Waltham activists whose goals are to provide healthy and affordable food, support small farms and foster community development.
Concerts are held during the markets and feature big band music, magicians, ethnic music and dancers, blue grass and jazz performances. Held every Saturday, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM, June through October, in the Parking lot at One Moody Street.
The Waltham Museum, Inc.
194 Charles St., Waltham (rear building) (781) 891.5815
This museum, located in the 1871 James Baker House, displays memorabilia from Waltham’s past.
Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra
Community orchestra providing local residents the opportunity to perform and enjoy classical music. The group performs several concerts a year and a holiday Pops concert. Call for concert dates and locations.
Waltham Room of the Waltham Public Library
735 Main St., Waltham (781) 893.1750
This special collection of primary documents, genealogy books and computer genealogy provides basic resources for researching family history. It offers an array of information on ethnic groups, biographies, immigration, original documents, photographs and family information. It is open to the general public during regular library hours. There is also a collection of special archives which encompasses all aspects of Waltham history and culture which can be viewed by appointment.
Waltham Tourism Council
An affiliation of the Chamber of Commerce and Historic Waltham, Inc., the Waltham Tourism Council promotes the city and surrounding region to tourists, groups, meeting planners, prospective college students, and travel trade. The WTC produces brochures, ads, and a web site in the “Waltham – Gateway to History” campaign. The group’s mission is to enhance the city’s economy with visitor spending and improve the quality of life in Waltham.