All programs are free and open to the public. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany the children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please follow all applicable COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID. For more information, call 508-675-5759.
HERITAGE QUEST: Daily activities from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the Visitor Center, pick up one of our unique Moments from Fall River History coloring sheets. Try your hand at origami or weave a row on our community loom. If you fill out an entire row, you can add your badge as well! Get creative and create a holiday ornament or decoration! This is a self-guided walk-in program. Stay for the duration or spend a few moments.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE VISITOR CENTER: every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1) FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE ORIGINS OF MASSACHUSETTS FOODS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Be prepared to be surprised! This colorful exhibit explores the cultural exchanges that resulted from the first arrival of Europeans in Bay State, focusing on food, ecological changes and the pleasant culinary legacy of the confluence of cultures. This special holiday exhibit is on loan from the Commonwealth Museum in Boston. Closed on January 14, 2022. Ongoing Daily
2) FACES OF THE AUTUMN RIVER
Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black-and-white photographs from the textile age. On display are photos by labor activist / sociologist / photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked in the factories that made Fall River America’s first textile town. It was the photographs that inspired the change in US labor laws and helped end child labor.
3) TRACING THE THREADS Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit that celebrates the cultural, ethnic and industrial history of Fall River. Discover the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who have made this city their home.
FILMS AT THE RECEPTION CENTER: Every day
1) THE FABRIC OF FALL RIVER 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater. Discover Fall River’s rich past! Fall River’s Fabric presents the history of Fall River from the earliest peoples, through the era of cotton spinning to the needlework of the 1980s. Length: 34 minutes.
2) LINCOLN PARK REMEMBERED 10:00 am & 1:00 pm, Visitor Center Theater. Take a sentimental trip to Southeastern Massachusetts’ favorite amusement park, which entertained many from 1894 to 1987. Enjoy this fun ride through the past with vintage clips and footage from 1920. Length 45 minutes.
3) THE FALL RIVER LINE 12:00 p.m., Visitor Center Theater. Climb aboard and explore America’s first line of steamboats, the Fall River Line, which ran from New York to Fall River and was famous for its elegance, grace, and superior service. Visit a bygone era, where how you traveled was just as important as getting there. Duration: 57 minutes.