The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum invites you to our first annual Cuisine Blue Gala on the evening of Saturday, September 16, 2017.
Don your dressiest blues for our Cuisine Blue Gala and spend an evening in the Gilded Age!
See the historic Richardsonian Romanesque Boston landmark building on Beacon Street as you have never seen it before.
Dine on sumptuous food and cocktails from Cuisine Chez Vous, BG Events & Catering, Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors, and Boston Harbor Distillery.
Laugh and listen with the crowd as ImprovBoston and the Wellesley College Tupelos take the stage! The fun continues with pictures by Fun Photo Flips and music by contemporary violist Jeremy Green.
Situated in the grand building opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir -- once the nexus our public water lifeline for the city -- we promise a celebration of Boston's history like no other!
VIP Reception and Dinner Gala in the Great Engines Hall starts at 6:30pm. The evening begins with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gather in the Waterworks historic Coal Room, now a private residence. We invite you to enjoy exquisite appetizers prepared by Cuisine Chez Vous and to sip on one of the evening's special cocktails by Boston Harbor Distillery. A musical selection by the Wellesley College Tupelos rounds out the hour. Then, the party moves on to the Great Engines Hall for more excitement and dinner by BG Events & Catering. Tickets $150. Tables of 8 can be purchased and reserved for $1,200.
Dinner Gala in the historic Great Engines Hall starts at 7:00pm. Cocktails and dinner in the glow of the Great Engines Hall. The towering Leavitt, Worthington, and Allis engines are your hosts for the night, as you enjoy the delicious offerings of BG Catering & Events. A signature cocktail by Boston Harbor Distillery and wines by Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors add sparkle to the evening. Violist Jeremy Green and ImprovBoston join us for some fun to close out the night. Tickets $125 per person. Tables of 8 can be purchased and reserved for $1,000.
Step out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Boston's legacy of innovation and discovery -- at one of our city's only free public museums! Your ticket purchase goes toward expanding the museum's water, science, and engineering programs in Greater Boston. Our thanks to supporters at Waterstone at the Circle, The Street at Chestnut Hill, SoulCycle, PaperSource, and The Dry Bar of Chestnut Hill. Join us for the fabulous Cuisine Blue dinner and celebrate the mission of the historic Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.
Thank you for your support!
About the Museum
Opened in 2011, the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum uses its architecturally magnificent building, mammoth steam pumping engines, and the adjacent historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir to interpret unique stories of one of the country’s earliest metropolitan water systems. Through educational programs and exhibits focused on engineering, architecture, urbanism, public health, and social history, the Museum connects these stories to current issues and future challenges.
Dubbed “The Cathedral of Steam Technology,” the facility served originally as the high service pumping station that delivered clean, public drinking water into the heart of 19th century Boston. Built in response to the Great Fire of 1872, the Waterworks was the nexus of a complex supply and delivery system that included reservoirs, aqueducts, water towers, and other facilities that eventually became part of the Metropolitan Water Resources Authority.
The museum preserves the three original, coal-fired, steam engines that pumped millions of gallons of water each day into Boston. The historic building, designed in the Romanesque style of H.H. Richardson, was built by Boston City Architects Arthur H. Vinal in 1888, and enlarged by Edmund March Wheelwright in 1897. The structure was constructed near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, part of the pastoral park and carriageway originally designed by the Olmstead brothers’ landscape architecture firm. Turn of the century engineer and microbiologist George C. Whipple, later co-founder of the Harvard School of Public Health, and chemist Ellen Swallow Richards, the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a pioneer of water quality testing, are among the notable contributors to the Waterworks legacy.
Today, the museum serves as a community hub for audiences interested in the rich history of the Waterworks system. Thousands of visitors are welcomed each year for lectures, tours, and exhibits with no admission charge. Our education department partners with students and teachers for enhanced, curriculum-connected programming focused on water science, engineering, and sustainability. A dedicated group of volunteer docents, many retired engineers, historians, and scientists, guide visitors through the building and collections spaces. Private event rentals are also available. For more information on the history, program offerings, and rental opportunities, please visit the museum’s webpage.