The narrative possibilities of science fiction allow artists to create striking, iconic images, such as a bone turning into a satellite or William Shatner writing a novel. Explore sci-fi's exotic juxtapositions with today's Groupon for full weekend admission to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation’s International Steampunk City festival (a $20 value) on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Waltham. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get full weekend admission for a child (a $10 value).
- For $10, you get full weekend admission for an adult (a $20 value).
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation transforms Boston into the International Steampunk City, highlighting the industrial past and dazzling the eyes with a cavalcade of steampunk-themed shows and exhibits. The steampunk art style, which melds Victorian high fashion with archaic, gear-based technology, will be on vibrant display in Waltham across three historical mansions, two industrial museums, and more than 15 other venues. Relive the past at an authentic Victorian picnic and Civil War reenactment, play with quirky technologies such as ham radios, or chat with friends via a Skype station just like Civil War generals used to. Steam-powered vehicles and fire-eaters line the streets as sword, belly, and Morris dancers captivate observers in a massive outdoor circus.
Though not included with the Groupon, shut-eye can be caught after a day of corseted cavorting in Steampunk Village, a collection of area hotels incorporating the festival's fantastical flavors into daily events. A complementary shuttle runs well-rested steampunkers back to the main site in a vehicle powered by a combination of diesel fuel and historical inaccuracy.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
Housed inside Boston's monumental textile mill, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation invites guests on a trek through American history with a collection of artifacts dating as far back as 1812. Throughout the building's hallowed halls, interactive displays cleverly disguise education as amusement, coaxing visitors both young and old to steer a 19th-century fire engine, play a foot-powered piano, and teach an antique telephone switchboard how to send text messages. Enduring exhibits also showcase Waltham's industrious past with displays dedicated solely to textiles, watches and clocks, and transportation, including bicycles and penny-farthings powered by shredded pieces of yellow journalism. Members can take advantage of such perks as complimentary museum admission, invitations to special events, and unlimited use of the museum library.
200 Moody St.
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453Get Directions