Tour: 21 September, 2018 @ 2:00pm - Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

About the Company

The Waterworks Museum is located on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station. By the 1880’s, Boston’s water system couldn’t keep up with the rapid growth of the city and its water needs. Chestnut Hill was identified as the location for a new reservoir and main pumping station. The original station was built in 1887, but by the 1890’s, it was clear that demand had quickly outstripped the ability to transport sufficient water. The need for more water resulted in the installation of increasingly powerful (and enormous!) pumping engines, which operated every day until the 1970’s, when the site was taken offline, and Boston’s water supply shifted to the Quabbin Reservoir. The Chestnut Hill Reservoir, however, is still used as a back-up source of water in case of emergencies.

We tell some important regional stories about clean water, health, people, brilliant engineers, and magnificent architecture. Our stories tell how Boston grew to be the city it is today.

You can explore the remarkable machinery, wonder at the massive wrenches that kept the pumps running, and marvel at the beautiful architecture. You can take a walking tour of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, the centerpiece of an extraordinary landscaping project, or venture out on an all-day bus excursion, led by experts on all things water-related.


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The tour will take place at 2 PM on Friday the 21st of September, and will be conducted by Mr. Martin Perlmutter. Marty’s email is and his phone number is 617-277-0065 ext. 13.

The group will tour the museum, which was originally the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station, and hear about Boston’s water supply, history, architecture, and engineering.

The host company is expecting a group of 5 students and a guide.


The museum is located at 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467.

It is accessible on public transport, with the trip taking about 50 minutes from LSI Boston.