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Celebrate your special event at the Waterworks Museum with new friends — Allis, Worthington, and Leavitt. These three magnificent, steam-driven pumping engines stand over three stories high in a majestic Richardsonian-style building of rockfaced granite with elegantly carved sandstone trim.

The Great Engines Hall, rich with mahogany-toned pine ceilings and huge antique windows opening to a view across the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, will set the stage for a memorable experience for your special event.

This famous, late-19th century building is a testament to Boston's "Golden Age" of public architecture and the development of a clean and plentiful water supply for the growing city's entrance into the 20th century.

What better way to celebrate a wedding party, civic, corporate, or milestone event than by hosting it here in the Waterworks' Great Engines Hall? Your guests will be captivated when they encounter the massive, steam-driven engines that once powered Metropolitan Boston’s public water supply.

Pass the canapes, enjoy the music, and dance to the sounds of history when you book your event at The Waterworks Museum. Be among the first to experience this technological and architectural gem — part of why Boston became renowned as "The Athens of America."

Your choice of Museum-approved caterers will serve a range of tastes and budgets.

Please consult the rules and regulations for the rental of the Great Engines Hall.  Several local caterers, planners and celebrants are familiar with the conditions and procedures for entertaining at the museum.

To initiate the rental process please complete and return the inquiry and application form.

For current pricing or any questions, please e-mail them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Waterworks Museum venue is not suitable for children's or adolescent events (Sweet 16's, proms, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, or other under-21 celebrations).



(tables: Above and Beyond Catering, flowers: A New Leaf Flores)


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(Jan 1 - March 31)
Wed-Sun: 11am-4pm


(April 1 - Nov 30)
Wed: 11am-9pm
Th-Sun: 11am-4pm



Admission is free, donations encouraged

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