Exhibits at Museum L-A
It's about the work...
By seeing artifacts, machinery, and historical archival photographs from the Bates Mill Complex, the viewer can begin to get an idea of the work it takes to create textiles in a mill setting.
But it's more about the people...
Portraits, oral histories, and artifacts from the trades help to tell not only the story of the work done in these industries, but also of the hard-working men and women who worked there.

Permanent Exhibit

The permanent exhibit at Museum L-A focuses on the textile, shoe and brick-making industries of the Lewiston-Auburn area.  It explores the major themes of canals and water power, immigration, and culture in an ever-changing cityscape, and the assembly line of steps in the fabric making process.

Temporary Exhibits

The main gallery space of Museum L-A serves as the setting for our rotating temporary exhibits.  These exhibits change throughout the year and can explore themes related to the worker culture and the lives of the people living in Lewiston-Auburn and throughout Maine.  Through collaborative work with guest curators and artists, our temporary exhibits aim to explore the themes of our permanent exhibit in a new perspective.

Click here to learn about our current gallery exhibit The Work of War: Honoring Veterans and the Ones They Left Behind.
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