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Advertising Icon Museum

4600 Madison Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816 960 5254
Fax: 816 531 5708

The Advertising Icon Museum has a collection of original items through which many advertising icons were first introduced. The museum has been featured in some of the United States' top media outlets.



American Labor Museum

83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ 07508
Phone: 973 595 7953
Fax: 973 595 7291

The American Labor Museum is housed in the Botto House National Landmark, a 1908 Victorian home which belonged to silk mill worker Pietro Botto and his wife Maria. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The museum has restored period rooms, a labor and immigrant library (including books, audio and video cassettes), Old World Gardens (including a bocce court, grape arbor, root cellar and chicken coop), and changing exhibit.



Anthracite Heritage Museum

McDade Park
Scranton, PA 18504
Phone: 570 963 4804
Fax: 570 963 4194

The Anthracite Heritage Museum tells the story of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite mining and textiles industries. The diverse collection highlights life in the mines, mills and factories. The Museum is one of the sites that make up the Anthracite Museum Complex, which also includes the Museum of Anthracite Mining.



Australian Museums and Galleries Online

P.O. Box K346
Haymarket, NSW 1238

Phone: 61 2 9217 0469
Fax: 61 2 92170616

Australian Museums and Galleries Online (AMOL) is a comprehensive Internet site designed to help Australian Collecting Institutions make information about their collections available to a world-wide audience. It is also the principal gateway to the Australian Collections Sector for professionals and volunteers, community users and researchers.

AMOL is a collaborative project bringing together Australian, State and Territory Governments and the cultural sector to focus on the task of increasing access to Australia's heritage collections and sharing information. AMOL is an initiative of the Cultural Ministers Council.




Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Highway
Inner Harbor South
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 410 727 4808
Fax: 410 727 4869

The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) was founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor's Office of the City of Baltimore to preserve the City's rapidly disappearing industrial heritage. In 1981, it incorporated as a private non-profit educational institution. In May of that year, the BMI moved into the historic Platt Oyster Cannery building (c.1870) in South Baltimore. The Museum launched its first capital campaign in 1989 towards the renovation of the facility to enhance its appearance and create first-rate gallery space for its exhibits.




Bank of England Museum & Archive

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
Phone: +44 (0)20 7601 5545
Fax: +44 (0)20 7601 5460  

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 as a chartered joint-stock company to its role as the United Kingdom's central bank. The historical displays include material drawn from the Bank's own collections of books, documents, silver, prints, paintings, banknotes, coin, photographs. There is a display of gold, including Roman and modern gold bars, alongside pikes and muskets once used to defend the Bank. Computer technology and audio visual displays are used to illustrates the institution's present day responsibilities and how it fulfils them.




Banking and Currency Museum

3 Graves Street
Kadina, South Australia 5554
Phone: 618 8821 2906
Mobile: 0417 212 906
Fax: 618 8821 2901

Known as The Money Museum, with over 2,700 money boxes on display along with gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites and special ultraviolet displays; rooms wallpapered with sheets of uncut notes, and printing errors; medals, tokens, shipwreck coins, Roman coins and lots of banking memorabilia and machines, it is the only museum of its type in Australia, if not the world.




Belasting & Douane Museum

Parklaan 14-16
3016 BB Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: 31 10 440 0200
Telefax: 31 10 436 1254

In the Tax & Customs Museum you can look back on the broad panorama of twenty centuries of Dutch tax history, including the tax conditions enjoyed by our ancestors in the not-so distant past: when they wore a wig or took a ride on a bicycle.




Bergbaumuseum Klagenfurt

Prof. Dr. Kahler-Platz 1
A-9020 Klagenfurt
Österreich, Austria
Phone: 43 463 511252
Fax: 43 463 511252/15

Located in one of the former air protection lugs in the state capital, this is the oldest mining industry museum in the area. Displays include locomotives, machines, tools, pit lamps, ore samples from historical pits.




Black Country Living Museum

Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ
Phone: 0121 521 5604
Fax: 0121 557 4242

The Museum occupies a 26-acre urban heritage park in the shadow of Dudley Castle in the centre of the Black Country conurbation of two million people. Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and authentically rebuilt at the Museum to create a tribute to the traditional skills and enterprise of the people that once lived in the heart of industrial Britain. Electric tramcars and trolleybuses transport visitors back in time from the modern exhibition halls to the canal-side village. Where costumed demonstrators and working craftsmen bring the buildings to life with their local knowledge, practical skills and unique Black Country Humour.




Bois du Cazier Industrial Museum

Rue du Cazier, 80
6001 Marcinelle
Phone: 32 7188 0856

The scene of a major mining catastrophe, the Bois du Cazier colliery in Marcinelle, to the south of Charleroi, again opened its gates, which were thought to have been closed for ever. Two areas, one devoted to the memory of 8th August 1956, and the other dedicated to the history of a region born of the Industrial Revolution, are the framework of a place appropriate for contemplation at the foot of the pithead frame. A third area, the 'forum,' hosts cultural demonstrations and temporary exhibitions.



Business Plan Archive

3318 Van Munching Hall
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301 405 0559

A collection of digital ephemera from the Dot Com era, the Business Plan Archive includes material from several thousand Dot Com era companies. These materials are organized by company with modest capabilities for search and public access.



Computer History Museum

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650 810 1010
Fax: (650) 810-1055

Established in 1996, the Computer History Museum is a public benefit organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history. It is home to one of the largest collections of computing artifacts in the world, a collection comprising over 4,000 artifacts, 10,000 images, 4,000 linear feet of cataloged documentation and gigabytes of software.




Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada

245 Sparks Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada K1A 0G9
Phone: 1 800 465 7766
Fax: 613 941 1232

The Currency Museum explores some of the many fascinating tales in the history/evolution of money. Find out more about the intriguing development of money through the ages. See different and unusual currencies from other countries and times past, such as shells, glass beads, tea bricks, and precious metals like gold, silver, and bronze. Discover the unique history of Canadian notes, coins, and tokens.



The D'Arcy Collection

119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217 333 2216

The D'Arcy Collection of the Communications Library of the University of Illinois is composed of almost two million original advertisements published between 1890 and 1970. The collection, which was donated by the D'Arcy, MacManus & Masius advertising agency (now D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles) in 1983, is a rich source of research information on products advertised by many agencies in newspapers, magazines and trade journals, brochures, signs, and programs. The clippings advertise standard consumer products, as well as obsolete items such as spats, bathing shoes, and Prohibition.




Deutsches TechnikMuseum

Trebbiner Str. 9 10963
Phone: 49 30 90254 0
Fax: 49 30 90254 175

Since 1982, a far-reaching technology museum of international repute has been developed in Berlin's old and new centre: the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (formerly Museum für Verkehr und Technik - Museum for Transport and Technology).

A cultural history of technology in historical buildings, the museum continues the tradition of the reputable museums of technology to which Berlin had been home until World War II. The Gleisdreieck location is also of historical importance: this is where Anhalter freight station, the rail depot with two circular locomotive sheds and the factory buildings of a company specialising in markets and cold stores were located. This historical ensemble of buildings is also the most valuable "object" of the museum. On completion of all development phases (planning), the building will cover an exhibition area of over 50,000 square metres and will be one of the largest technical museums in the world.

Fourteen departments currently exhibit just one quarter of their treasures on 14,000 square metres: old-timers, locomotives and planes, models of ships and hydraulic structures, looms, household appliances and machine tools, computers, radios and cameras, diesel engines, steam engines, scientific instruments, paper machines, printing presses and much more.




Dunaskin Open Air Museum

Dalmellington Road
Waterside by Patna
Ayrshire, Scotland KA6 7JF
Phone: 01 292 531144
Fax: 01 292 532314

Dunaskin Open Air Museum is set in a 110 acre site amidst the picturesque scenery of the Doon Valley. The site was originally an ironworks, built around 1850, and it tells the story of the ironworks, coal mining and brickworks at Dunaskin through the eyes of the people who lived and worked there.




Eastman House

900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

Phone: 585 271 3361

As the preeminent international museum of photography and film, George Eastman House cares for and interprets hundreds of thousands of photographs encompassing the history of this medium.






55 rue du Pâturage
F-68200 Mulhouse
Phone: 038 932 4850
Fax: 038 932 8247

The EDF Electropolis Museum is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to electrical energy. With an exhibition area of 4,000 square meters, a futuristic architectural setting and a dynamic scenography, the EDF Electropolis Museum displays objects and models, holds audio-visual projections and events which retrace the fascinating saga of electricity.




Greater Manchester's Museum of Transport

Boyle Street
Cheetham, Manchester M8 8UW

Phone: 0161 205 2122
Fax: 0161 202 1110

The Museum of Transport, Manchester has one of the largest collections of its kind in the country. It is run by the volunteers of the Greater Manchester Transport Society (GMTS) but the Museum is owned by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. 

As part of its duty to promote interest in passenger transport in Greater Manchester, the Executive has worked with the GMTS and a museum has been established at Boyle Street, Cheetham, Manchester since 1979.

The collection of vehicles in the Museum is constantly growing as new acquisitions are made, and some of the Museum vehicles featured on this website may be away from display in storage or under restoration. During the summer months, vehicles from the Museum regularly attend vintage gatherings and other events.

The Museum project is still developing and restoration work can be seen by visitors giving the display a lively, working atmosphere. In the future, the collection of vehicles and other artefacts relating to the roads of Greater Manchester will continue to expand and the Museum will further develop its facilities as well as restoring items which have already been received but which remain in derelict condition. With the assistance of the Passenger Transport Authority and Executive, the Museum of Transport will continue to be a focal point of local transport history and one of the premier attractions of its kind in Great Britain.




Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum

215 Brisbane Road
Gympie, QLD
Phone: 617 5482 3995
Fax: 617 5482 5686

Gympie is known as "the Town that saved Queensland from Bankruptcy". At the Museum you can find out just how Gympie saved Queensland, and much more of its past and present. The Museum houses a collection of documentation, artifacts and photographs from the discovery of gold in 1867 by James Nash to the current operations of the Gympie Eldorado Goldmine, which is the eighth greatest gold producing mine in Australia.





Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum

224 Parallelweg,
2525 NL Den Haag,
Phone: 070 445 1559
Fax: 070 445 0472

The Hague Public Transport Museum shows the history of the public transport in the Hague and its surroundings. The museum is housed in an old tramdepot named Remise Frans Halsstraat. This depot was built in 1906 and is included in the national list of historical buildings.




Hagley Museum and Library

298 Buck Road East
Wilmington, DE 19807-0630
Fax: 302 658 2230

Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family. Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America, especially the Middle Atlantic region. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society. The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes and administers the Hagley Museum and Library's interaction with the world of scholarship. It brings attention to Hagley's research collections and generates intellectual dialogue at Hagley.




Hartman Center for
Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History

Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0185
Phone: 919 660 5827
Fax: 919 660 5934

Through its collections of textual and multimedia resources that are available to students, scholars, and businesses around the world, the John W. Hartman Center promotes understanding of the social, cultural, and historical impact of advertising, marketing, and sales.

Ad*Access, a special Web project of the Hartman Center, is an image database of over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.



Harvard University Library

Wadsworth House
1341 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617 495 3650
Fax: 617 495 0370

"Women Working, 1870-1930" (Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library) provides free access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections that explore women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.



Henry Ford Museum

20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Tel: (313) 982 6001
Infoline: (313) 271 1620

The Henry Ford is a history destination that brings the American Experience to life with five distinct attractions that celebrate yesterday's traditions as well as current innovations.

Spread over more than 90 acres, Greenfield Village comes alive with unforgettable sights, sounds and settings of America's past.

Housing one of the largest collections of its kind ever assembled, Henry Ford Museum showcases the people and ideas that have fired our imaginations and changed our lives.

At the site where automobile manufacturing as we know it came of age - and continues to define the state-of-the-art - the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a firsthand journey into the genius of American manufacturing.

Behind the scenes, the Benson Ford Research Center uses the unique artifacts and resources of The Henry Ford to deepen understanding of American people, places and things.

And on the bigger-than-big screen, the IMAX Theater presents current releases, cinema classics and feature-length documentaries that showcase American popular culture and the American experience in superb, sense-surrounding detail.



Hershey Story

111 West Chocolate Avenue,
Hershey, PA 17033
Tel: (717) 520 5596

The Hershey Story invites visitors to experience the stories of Hershey in an educational, fun-filled, imaginative, and immersive environment focused on audience, active learning, and engagement with and between objects and ideas.





Anna Rieger-Gasse 4
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Telefax: 02622 26015

The Museum und Archiv für Arbeit und Industrie im Viertel unter dem Wienerwald features old handicraft devices, machines and pictures.





Museumplein 2,
6461 MA Kerkrade,
Postbus 164,
6461 AD Kerkrade
Phone: +31 (0)45-5670809
Fax: +31 (0)45-5463848

Industrion, museum for industry and society at Kerkrade, tells the tale of 150 years of work and life -- the tale of men, women and children in factories, at home.




International Council of Museums

Maison de l'UNESCO
1 rue Miollis, 75732
Paris cedex 15, France
Phone: 331 4734 0500
Fax: 331 4306 7862

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.




International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, Room 165
1501 North Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44114

Tel: 1 216 623 1111
Fax: 1 216 623 1113

The International Women's Air & Space Museum Inc., opened in March 1986 in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio with memorabilia and historical artifacts preserving the history of women in aviation. Since that time the museum has grown and expanded and was welcomed by the City of Cleveland, Ohio, where one will find the Burke Lakefront Airport. The exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week.




Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Coach Road
Coalbrookdale, Telford
Phone: 01952 884391
Fax: 01952 435999

Once described as "the most extraordinary district in the world," the Ironbridge Gorge is still a remarkable, and beautiful, place to visit. A huge amount of early industry survives as furnaces, factories, workshops, canals and the settlements of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport.

There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the wild River Severn - still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge.




John Deere Historic Site

8334 S. Clinton St.
Grand Detour
Dixon, IL 61021-9406
Phone: 815 652 4551


This John Deere attraction is located in Grand Detour, Illinois near Dixon, about 50 miles or so east/northeast of Moline. Here they have recreated a small village that shows where Deere invented the steel plow and changed agriculture forever.



John Deere World Headquarters

One John Deere Place
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309 765 8000


In addition to the Collectors Center and the Historical Center, at the Deere & Company administrative headquarters building on the outskirts of Moline there is also an impressive "history wall" - the display floor features a three-dimensional mural by Alexander Girard. The mural contains 2200 authentic pieces of memorabilia dating from 1837 to 1918, spanning the company's first 75 years of operation.

The Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen designed the building.




Kansas Oil & Gas Museum

383 East Central Ave
El Dorado, KS 67042
Phone: 316 321 9333

The Kansas Oil Museum is the leading museum dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in Kansas. Enjoy indoor exhibits on farming, ranching and oil; a hands-on children's area, Texaco Theater and Kansas Oil Hall of Fame. The ten acres of outdoor exhibits include over 20 pieces of oil field equipment that range in age from the 1920's to the 1950's. In addition, eight historic buildings are incorporated to interpret the social history of Butler county and Kansas oil.




Koninklijk Penningkabinet 

Rapenburg 28, Leiden 2311
Phone: +31 71 5120748

Offers the most complete overview of Dutch coins, paper money and tender in the world and a collection of other objects.




Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit

Museumsstraße 1
D-68165 Mannheim
Phone: 49 621 4298 9
Fax: 49 621 4298 754

The museum's unique style of modern architecture represents an exhibition that shows the history of technology, and its social aspects in a new and unconventional way. The visitor can experience sixteen stages of the technical and social development of the last two and a half centuries by passing from top to bottom through six floors (A-F).

The themes of the exhibition are reflected by examples which show the important events and the different phases of the industrial revolution of the region. They explain how technical innovations changed working and living conditions. Travelling through space and time the visitor looks at historical figures, buildings and landscapes, i. e. figured aspects of special historical situations and events like the French revolution or the First World War etc.

A further point of the concept is the introduction of a "working museum". Traditional and modern procedures of fabrication are shown to the visitors by working implements. Demonstrators explain the production procedures and the operation of machines, as well as the economic and social implications. A special experience for many, especially the young visitors is a trip with the historic steam railway through the halls and the open-air tract of the museum.




Library of Congress
Guide to Business History Resources

Science, Technology & Business Division
Business Reference Services
Washington, DC 20540-4754
Fax: 202-707-1925

The Library of Congress Guide to Business History Resources, produced under the auspices of the Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team of the Library of Congress, is revised from Chapter 13 of A Guide to Finding Business Information at the Library of Congress, compiled by Richard F. Sharp.




Lowell National Historical Park 

67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852 
Phone: 978 970 5000
Fax: 978 275 1762

The history of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum with its operating weave room of 88 power looms, "mill girl" boardinghouses, the Suffolk Mill Turbine Exhibit and guided tours tell the story of the transition from farm to factory, chronicle immigrant and labor history and trace industrial technology. The park includes textile mills, worker housing, 5.6 miles of canals, and 19th-century commercial buildings. 




Maison de la Métallurgie

Boulevard Raymond Poincare
17 à 4020 Liege
Phone: 32 0 4342 6563
Fax: 32 0 4344 7023

Showcases old and modern metallurgy.




Money Museum

Hadlaubstrasse 106
CH-8006 Zürich
Phone: 41 44 350 7380
Fax: 41 44 242 7686
In the Museum Baerengasse:
Baerengasse 20/22
CH-8001 Zürich
Phone: 41 44 211 1716
In the Swiss National Museum:
Museumsstrasse 2
CH-8023 Zürich
Phone: 41 44 218 6511
Fax: 41 44 211 2949

Museums dedicated to the history of money.




Musée des Arts et Métiers

60 rue Réaumur
75003 Paris
Phone: 33 1 5301 8200
Fax: 33 1 5301 8201

The Musée des Arts et Métiers features scientific and technical collections from all over France and the world.




Museo della Plastica

Via Guglielmo Marconi 30
10085 Pont Canavese
Phone: 39 0124 862222

Close to the strictly-technological contribution given by Sandretto in the past 50 years to the development of plastics material processing, the Company promoted a series of cultural activities to provide the general public with wider and deeper information on this important segment of the industry. The most relevant achievement is the Plastics Museum of Pont Canavese, close to Turin, in northern Italy. This is the first Italian Museum of Plastics, and one of the main ones on a worldwide basis. The collection was initiated in 1985 and grew with the years, counting more than 2500 catalogued pieces. Since the opening day in June 1995, tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed the rooms of Sandretto's Plastics Museum.




Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation

Leipziger Straße 16,
10117 Berlin-Mitte
Phone: +49 30 202 94 0
Fax: +49 30 202 94 111

The Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation (Museum Foundation for Posts and Telecommunications) was founded in 1995 during the federal postal reform. It operates Communication Museums - Museum für Kommunikation - in Berlin, Frankfurt, Nurnberg and Hamburg and the Philatelic Archive in Bonn.

The museums are open to a wide audience, offering permanent and special exhibitions as well as lectures, guided tours, films, workshops, children's workshops and museum festivals.

The purpose of the Foundation is to collect, display and make accessible the entire history of message transmission in the postal and telecommunications world.




Museum of American Finance

48 Wall Street,
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212 908 4110
Fax: 212 908 4601

The Museum of American Financial History is the nation's only independent public museum dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free market tradition which has made New York City the financial capital of the world.

Founded in 1988, the Museum was chartered as an educational institution. Fifteen years later, financial education is at the core of the Museum's mission and its public programs and services.

An active national-level advocate on behalf of the growing financial literacy movement, the Museum is committed to helping all Americans look to the lessons of financial history, while taking charge of their own financial lives.




Museum of Anthracite Mining

17th and Pine Streets
Ashland, PA 17921
Phone: 570 875 4708

The Museum of Anthracite Mining focuses on the history of anthracite coal mining industries and technology. It features a diverse collection of tools, machinery and photographs that depict the mining of hard coal. The Museum is one of four sites that make up the Anthracite Museum Complex.




Museum of Broadcast Communications

676 North LaSalle St.,
Suite 424,
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312 245 8200
(312) 245-8207

The mission of the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources.

The MBC is an Illinois non-profit corporation that owns and manages two subsidiaries, Museum.TV and the National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) and its website




Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading,
Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX
Phone: 44 118 378 8660

The Museum of English Rural Life was founded by the University of Reading in 1951 to reflect and record the changing face of farming and the countryside. It houses Designated collections of national importance that span the full range of objects, archives, photographs, film and books. It forms part of the University's Museums and Collections Service.




Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester

Liverpool Road
Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Phone: 44 161 832 2244
Fax: 44 161 833 1471

Situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings in the world, the Museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester - the world's first industrial city.




Museum of Science and Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773 684 1414

The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the most beloved and visited museums in the world, has origins that are tied to two great World's Fairs and to civic spirit and imagination of Chicago businessman Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald, inspired by a 1911 visit with his son to the Deutches Museum in Munich, returned to Chicago determined to create America's first center for "industrial enlightenment," a vehicle for public science education.

With the help of other Midwest business leaders, Rosenwald restored and converted the Palace of Fine Arts, the last remaining major structure from the 1893 World's Fair, into a new type of American museum - where visitors could interact with the exhibits, not just view displays and artifacts. In 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry opened to the public, at the same time as the Century of Progress Exposition. It is the oldest and one of the most popular science museums in the world.




Museum voor Communicatie

Zeestraat 82,
2518 AD Den Haag
Phone: 070 330 7500
Fax: 070 360 8926

The Museum for Communication houses communication-related displays over time. A treat for all the senses!




Museum voor Industriële Archeologie en Textiel

Minnemeers 9
B-9000 Gent
Phone: 09 269 4200
Fax: 09 233 0739

Showcases the evolution of the industrial society and in particular with the technical revolution.




Museumserver Dutch

Zeestraat 82
Den Haag
Phone: 020 531 8496
Fax: 020 531 8498

The Museumserver is a platform for Dutch museums on the Internet. More than 400 Dutch museum sites are included in the Museumserver, providing a fabulous show of art, culture, history and science from the Netherlands.




National Building Museum

401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 272 2448
Fax: 202 272 2564

Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. Since opening its doors in 1985, the Museum has become a vital forum for exchanging ideas and information about such topical issues as managing suburban growth, preserving landmarks and communities, and revitalizing urban centers. The Museum's engaging exhibitions and education programs - including innovative curricula for school children and stimulating programs for adults - annually attract more than 400,000 people.





National Canal Museum

30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: 610 559 6613

Discover America's canal heritage at the National Canal Museum. Take a journey back in time to the early 1800's and experience what the world was like before railroads, highways and airplanes. Interactive exhibits build ideas and inspire exploration on your journey into the past. See how canals helped create the anthracite coal and iron industry. Learn how canals are still relevant.




National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery
New Road, Overton
Wakefield WF4 4RH
Phone: 01924 848806
Fax: 01924 840694

In 1988 the Yorkshire Mining Museum opened at Caphouse. The Museum was granted National status in 1995. Following this the Department of Culture, Media and Sport carried out a detailed study into the Museum, and provided funding which secured its long term future. In 2001 the Museum received a Heritage Lottery Grant of just over £4.5 million. The Museum raised just under £2 million to complement the grant. Work carried out using this money included restoring buildings, new gallery areas and the store for large machinery.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a registered charity administered by a Board of Trustees. It was established with funding from West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councils, Wakefield and Kirklees Metropolitan District Councils and technical support and assistance from British Coal.




National Inventors Hall of Fame

520 South Main Street,
Suite 2423,
Akron, Ohio 44311
Phone: 330 762 4463
Fax: 330 849 6735

The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.




National Maritime Museum

Parkrow Greenwich
London SE10 9NF
Tel: 44 20 8858 4422

The National Maritime Museum (NMM) works to illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. The Museum was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1934 and opened to the public by King George VI on April 27, 1937. It includes the 17th-century Queen's House and, from the 1950s, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. There is also a small museum at Cotehele Quay on the Tamar, Cornwall, with the NMM / National Trust sailing barge Shamrock, and the Valhalla ships' figurehead collection on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. The collections comprise about 2.48 million items, many on loan to museums elsewhere in Britain. The public galleries at Greenwich display a thematically arranged selection and the remainder are accessible for public interest and research in various ways. From December 2002 the majority of the NMM small-boat collection will be on display at the new National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, at Falmouth.




National Media Museum

Bradford, West Yorkshire
Phone: 44 870 701 0200

The National Media Museum is part of the NMSI Museums Group (National Museum of Science and Industry) which also includes the Science Museum (based in London, and at Wroughton in Wiltshire) and the National Railway Museum (based in York, and at Shildon in County Durham).




National Museum of Science and Technology

P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, ON K1G 5A3
Phone: 613 991 6090
Fax: 613 990 3636

As a national institution within the Canadian Heritage Portfolio, the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation is responsible for preserving and protecting Canada's scientific and technological heritage and promoting and sharing knowledge about that heritage. The Corporation and the three Museums it operates - the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum - tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the building of the country.

The Corporation is the only comprehensive science and technology collecting institution in Canada, and focuses on the following major subject areas: aviation, communications, manufacturing, natural resources, renewable resources including agriculture, scientific instrumentation, and transportation. The Corporation's three Museums each undertake curatorial work and set their own public programming activities and strategies in recognition of the different markets and clientele they serve. The Museums operate under a common set of corporate policies. Support services such as human resources, finance and facilities management are provided centrally.




National Railway Museum

Leeman Road
York YO26 4XJ
Phone: 44 8448 153139
Infoline: 44 1904 686286
Fax: 44 1904 611112

The National Railway Museum in York, England is the largest railway museum in the world, responsible for the conservation and interpretation of the British national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and other artefacts. The Museum contains an unrivalled collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment, documents and records.




Nederlands Textielmuseum

Goirkestraat 96
5046 GN Tilburg
Phone: 013 5367 475
Infoline: 013 5494 564
Fax: 013 5363 240

The Dutch textile museum, established in a former textile factory, lies in the heart of Brabant. It features functional textile machines, both old and state-of-the-art.




Nederlandsch Economisch-Historisch Archief

Cruquiusweg 31
1019 AT Amsterdam
Phone: 31 20 668 5866
Fax: 31 20 665 4181

Nederlandsch Economisch-Historisch Archief (Netherlands Economic History Archive), established in 1914, has as its objective the collection, preservation, ordering and processing of source material of importance for economic history in the broadest sense. Besides a large number of business archives, which have been deposited at municipal or state repositories since the 1970s, and an important collection of memorabilia, manuscripts and documents, the NEHA has a major book collection, the Economic History Library. The NEHA maintains the Economic and Business History section of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library.




Noel Butlin Archives Centre

Australian National University
Menzies Building 2
Acton, ACT 0200
Phone: 61 2 6125 2219
Fax: 61 2 6125 0140

The Noel Butlin Archives Center (NBAC) collects, provides access to and preserves the records of federally registered industrial organizations, nationally significant businesses, professional associations, industry bodies and the labor movement in Australia. It also develops general guidelines and provides a professional consultancy service for Australian businesses, trade unions, professional associations and industry bodies to assist them in the creation and management of those records. The NBAC holds the historical records of many major Australian firms, including Adsteam, Goldsborough Mort, CSR, Elders, Arnotts, Hume's, Australian Agricultural Company, Australian Mercantile, Burns Philp, and Tooth's breweries.




Nova Scotia Museum of Industry

147 North Foord Street
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
Phone: 902 755 5425
Fax: 902 755 7045

The Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada's largest museum. Experience the fascinating story of Nova Scotia's industrial workers, including unique machines, technology, and stories of sweat, grit, tears, tragedies and triumphs. Have hands-on fun, find innovative ideas and electrifying exhibits. Punch your time card and work your way from the Industrial Revolution to the Age of Computers, exploring mines, factories, railroads, home-based industries and more.




Powerhouse Museum

P.O. Box K346
Haymarket, NSW 1238
Phone: 61 2 9217 0111

The Powerhouse Museum, Australia's largest and most popular museum, is located in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Its unique and diverse collection of 385,000 objects spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration.

The Museum has an ever-changing program of exhibitions covering approximately 20,000 square metres (equivalent to three international competition soccer fields). It presents 22 permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, complemented by more than 250 interactives.




Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

Main Street, Prickwillow
Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4UN
Phone: 44 1353 688 360

The Museum was originally set up in 1982 by a band of enthusiasts who formed a Trust whose aim was to save, restore and preserve this vital piece of our Industrial heritage. "The Friends of the Engine," a group of working volunteers have over the years restored and rebuilt the original 1929 Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day Diesel 5 cylinder engine, together with the second largest engine, a Vickers Petter. Also on show are a single cylinder Ruston and a three cylinder Allen which form part of a unique collection of rescued diesel engines from pumping stations in the district. An impressive display of the engineering achievements of a bygone age. 




Rheinisches Industriemuseum

Landschaftsverband Rheinland
Dezernat Soziales, Integration
50663 Köln
Phone: 02 21 8090
Fax: 02 21 8092/200

A group of six industrial museums in the Rheinland.




Robert C. Williams American Museum

of Papermaking
Georgia Institute of Technology
500 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0620
Phone: 404 894 7840
Fax: 404 894 4778

The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts.




Rochester Museum and Science Center

657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585 271 4320
Infoline: 585 271 1880

The Rochester Museum & Science Center creates inspiring, entertaining and educational experiences enabling visitors to explore science and technology, the natural environment and the region's cultural heritage.




St. Louis Mercantile Library

Thomas Jefferson Library Building
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Phone: 314 516 7240
314 516 7247
Fax: 314 516 7241

The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is a treasury of history and thought serving the community since 1846. Formed and nurtured by such civically motivated business leaders as James Yeatman, Henry Bacon, John Tevis, and Robert Brookings, the Library invited others to join from all walks of life. On April 19, 1846, the Library opened in the Exchange Building at Main and Pine Streets. There were only three cases of books and a few newspapers, originally. By the close of the first year, 1,600 volumes were on the shelves and 283 members were reading them.




Science Museum

Exhibition Road
South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
United Kingdom
Phone: 44 870 870 4868

The origins of the Science Museum lie in the 19th-century movement to improve scientific and technical education. From a number of developments during and after this period, the Government set up a Science & Art Department which established the South Kensington Museum in 1857, from which the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum have developed.

The objects on display in the South Kensington Museum were drawn from various sources including the Great Exhibition. These included 'science collections', which comprised of models, apparatus, examples of materials, books and educational resources. These collections were continually boosted over the years.

In 1976 the Science Museum acquired the valuable Wellcome Collection of over 125,000 objects. The Collection spans the history and practice of medicine from the ancient Greeks to present-day techniques, and is continually updated to map developments in biochemistry and genetics.

A period of rapid expansion followed the 1984 transfer from a government department to a Board of Trustees with members appointed by the Prime Minister. New interactive galleries, such as Launch Pad and Flight Lab, were opened, supplementary exhibitions were initiated and the Museum developed a busy programme of activities and events. New Galleries in 1996 included the imaginative "Secret Life of the Home" and extensive new hands-on education facilities.




Seattle's Museum of History and Industry

McCurdy Park
2700 24th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112-2099
Phone: 206 324 1126
Fax: 206 324 1346

Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) makes the past a brand new experience. It has special hands-on activities, thought-provoking exhibits, and 1.5 million historic photos. MOHAI is the definitive place for everyone with a passion, curiosity, or question about the history of Seattle and King County since 1850.




Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

6th & Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202 633 1000

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Museum has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The museum continues to develop new exhibits to examine the impact of air and space technology on science and society.

The museum on the National Mall features 22 exhibition galleries, the Lockheed Martin IMAX® theater, Albert Einstein Planetarium, flight simulators, a three level Museum Shop and food court style restaurant. Docent tours, daily free educational programs, and school group tours and activities are available.

The museum expanded with the opening of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on December 15, 2003. While this will eventually become the museum's primary restoration facility, artifacts are currently restored at the Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, MD.




Staff House Mining & Smelting Museum

820 McKinley Avenue
Kellogg, ID 83837
Phone: 208 786 4141

The Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum, Inc. has a historic collection from the Bunker Hill Mining and Smelting Company and the surrounding Silver Valley. Bunker Hill was one of the oldest and largest mining companies in the Coeur d'Alene area of North Idaho. Rock and mineral displays, mining history and equipment displays, local history exhibits, and an art gallery.




Texas Energy Museum

600 Main Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: 409 833 5100

The Texas Energy Museum offers educational programs to public and private school groups. Programs focus on the science and history of petroleum energy and are available at no charge with advance reservations. 




Virtuelles Museum für Industriekultur

Zitterhuck 21a,
D-47608 Geldern
Phone: +49 (0)02835 444681
Fax: 49 303 426 481

Maintained by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Industriekultur (Duisburg). Discussion list, extensive German and international links to heritage sites.




Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge

Oranienstraße 25,
D-10999 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 92 10 63 –11
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 92 10 63 –12

Records of the Deutscher Werkbund founded in 1907.




Wells Fargo History Museums

420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94163
Phone: 415 396 2619

On the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852, this museum features a Wells Fargo stagecoach that carried passengers and gold across the western plains, an impressive display of gold dust and ore from California's Gold Country, and a special collection of Gold Rush letters carried by hundreds of express companies.

Wells Fargo's history gives it the opportunity and privilege of presenting free museums at eight other locations: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Old Sacramento, San Diego, Minneapolis, Portland, Anchorage, and Phoenix. Each museum presents Wells Fargo's role in the growth of America and its area.

Free tours are available for all ages, with emphasis complementing state primary and secondary American history curriculums. The museums also tailor tours for senior groups, college students and business professionals.



Western Railway Museum

5848 State Highway 12
Suisun, CA 94585
Phone: 707 374 2978

The Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and other western states. Streetcars loop the shaded picnic grounds. Interurban cars run over the restored main line of the old Sacramento Northern Railway. With over 50 historic cars on display, railway exhibits, the Museum Bookstore and Gift Shop and the large, shaded picnic grounds, the Western Railway Museum is ideal for family and group outings.




Youngstown Historical Center of
Industry and Labor

P.O. Box 533
Youngstown, OH 44501
Phone: 330 743 5934
Toll free: 1 800 262 6137

The Center of Industry and Labor is located at 151 West Wood Street in Youngstown, in Mahoning County. Wood Street is off of Market Street two blocks north of downtown.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The building, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves in 1986, houses the museum's permanent exhibit By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley, which explores labor, immigration and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes.



Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen

Seestraße 22, 88045
Phone: 49 7541 3801 0
Fax: 49 7541 3801 81

With 43,000 sq. ft. of exhibition area, the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen presents the world's greatest repository of objects on the history of airship flight and technology, ranging from its very beginning up to the Zeppelin NT.




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