Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Labor and Industry Museums

Code: TA-5500.4300

Institutions that acquire, preserve, research and exhibit permanent and/or traveling collections of artifacts which relate to the history of work, workers and the labor movement; the industrial revolution and the development of the machine age; the machinery and tools that contributed to the growth of manufacturing; or the history of a particular trade or industry (e.g., the sugar industry, the canning industry, the advertising industry) or a particular company recognized for its leadership in an industry. Included may be material related to the impact of industrialization or a particular industry on a specific community, region or era; replicas of early modern factories or other industrial settings; significant milestones in the development of a particular industry; examples of the machinery and tools associated with the industry; photographs and other memorabilia of people who invented or operated the equipment; and exhibits demonstrating specific industrial processes.

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