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Waltham is a city in the American state of Massachusetts. Located some 10 miles west of central Boston on the Charles River, Waltham is considered part of the Greater Boston conurbation; even so, it still retains its own unique character amongst Boston's outer suburbs. It is sometimes called "Watch City" because it was home to Waltham Watch Company. Many high-tech companies have made Waltham their home. It is also home to Bentley College and Brandeis University.


One of the oldest of American cities, Waltham was first settled by British settlers in 1634 and officially incorporated in 1738. In 1813, the Boston Manufacturing Company was formed in Waltham by Francis Cabot Lowell. It was the first modern factory in the United States and history books have credited this as the beginning of America's industrial revolution. In 1854, the Waltham Watch Company was established by Aaron Dennison. The company went on to make the first watches with interchangeable parts and the first 100% American-made watch, designing advanced machinery that spread to other industries and led to America's industrial power. Waltham is also noted as the home of such famous persons as Governor Christopher Gore and General Nathaniel Banks.

Get in

By car

  • Waltham is accessible via Interstate 95.

By train

  • Take the Fitchburg line from North Station on the MBTA [1] Commuter Rail to the Waltham or Brandeis/Roberts stop.

By bus

  • Local MBTA buses 70 and 70A run from Central Square in Cambridge to Waltham. Several MBTA Express Buses (553, 554, 505) serve Waltham Center. They all originate several blocks from South Station in Boston and go to Waltham on weekdays only.

Get around


  • Charles River Museum Of Industry, 154 Moody Street, Phone: +1 781-893-5410, [2]. Th-Sa 10AM-5PM. Exhibits on textile mills, American Waltham Watch Company and a power plant.
  • Waltham Museum, 25 Lexington Street, Phone: +1 781-893-8017 or 781-893-9020, [3]. Tu-Sa 1PM-4:30PM. An extensive collection of memorabilia including watches, clocks, automobiles and other industrial products made in Waltham. Fee.
  • Bentley College Bowles Performing Art Series, 175 Forest Street, Phone: +1 781-891-3424, [4]. Theatre, music,dance, and lectures. Art gallery open M-F 10AM-6PM.
  • Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Phone: +1 781-736-3432, [5]. $10.
  • National Archives and Records Administration, New England Region, 380 Trapelo Road, 781-663-0130, [6]. M,Tu,W,F 7AM-4:30PM, Th 7AM-9PM. New England historical records including census, naturalization, passenger arrival lists for Boston, military service, pension, and bounty land application records from 1789 to 1970s. Primarily of interest to family history researchers. Free.
  • Girl Scout Museum At Cedar Hill, 265 Beaver Street, 781-893-6113, [7]. By appointment. Exhibits and archives of Girl Scouting. Free


  • Concerts On The Waltham Common, Phone: +1 781-893-2787, [8]. Summer only. Tu night concerts on the Waltham Common Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM. Free.


  • Bentley College, 175 Forest Street, Phone: +1 781-891-2000, [9].
  • Brandeis University, 415 South St., Phone: +1 781-736-3500, [10].



Most of the good restaurants in Waltham are along Moody St. This includes Thai, Chinese, Indian, and American diner fare. Start at one end and walk the length before deciding on one spot.

  • Green Papaya, 475 Winter St., Phone: +1 781-487-9988. Decent Thai food for New England. Good vegetarian selection. Although the spicy level is rated at 1 - 3 stars, the chef will kick it up a notch if you ask for 4 or 5 stars. Their red curry is very good.
  • Little India Restaurant, 475 Moody St., Phone: +1 781-894-8755. This restaurant is one of many Indian places along Moody St. Little India is probably the smallest tucked into a small front. Although, they have a second dining room in the back. They have a well spiced menu. Try the Saag Paneer.


  • Watch City Brewing Company, 256 Moody Street, Phone: +1 781-647-4000, [11].
  • The Skellig, 240 Moody Street, Phone: +1 (781) 647-0679, [12]


  • Doubletree Guest Suites Boston/Waltham, 550 Winter Street +1 800-HILTON, [13]. The Doubletree Guest Suites Boston/Waltham puts you close to top Boston attractions, with Lexington and Concord just minutes away. Convenient to Brandeis University and Bentley College and only 20 minutes from both downtown Boston.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 385 Winter Street at exit 27 off of I-95 (Rt 128), Phone: +1 781-890-2800, fax 781-890-1021, reservations 800-824-2538, [14]. Get free Wi-Fi (bring your own computer and wireless card -- they don't have any loaners). Make sure to book a room on the first floor of the main building to get access from your room as there is only one access point in the main lobby. Room charge was $89/night plus tax. Includes a well stocked complimentary breakfast with fruits, cereal, bagels, and cinnamon buns. A quick ten minute drive to downtown Waltham.
  • Hyatt Summerfield Suites Waltham, 54 Fourth Avenue, Phone: +1 781-290-0026, [15]. In the heart of the Route 128 corridor, where corporate residents like IBM, Microsoft, Lycos and Oracle, Bentley College, Brandeis University and Boston College are all close by.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham, 420 Totten Pond Road, Phone: +1 781-890-0100, [16]. 148 guest rooms, café, lobby lounge, an indoor heated pool and exercise room.
  • The Westin Waltham (address: 70 Third Avenue) 1-781-290-5600
    The Westin Waltham is located 15 miles from downtown Boston and provides access to nearby corporate headquarters. This hotel has 346 guestrooms. Gym.

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