Old Schwamb Mill
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About the Mill

Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 11am-3pm for guided tours of the Mill, including frame-turning demonstrations on original 19th century lathes, art gallery viewing, and sale of our finely crafted frames. Groups by appointment. The time for a Saturday tour will be adjusted when necessary to avoid disruption of scheduled special events.

OSM turner David Graf giving a frame-turning demonstration. Other steps in the manufacture of an oval frame will also be demonstrated during each tour. Photo by Ed Friedman

The Mill, one of Arlington's hidden historic gems, is an 1864 picture frame factory and living history museum. It is the country's only manufacturer of hand-turned museum quality oval frames. The Mill is a worthy destination in its own right, with its rich industrial history, its bucolic setting on Mill Brook and, in particular, its original and still-used 19th-century machinery.

Donations welcome.


Visit the Shaker Workshops in the mill's barn and take advantage of the 10% discount that OSM members receive. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, furniture, lamps, rugs, and many seasonal and unique gift items are available.

For more information, please call:
Ed Gordon, Director of Museum Programs, at 781-643-0554
or send e-mail to info@oldschwambmill.org.

DIRECTIONS to the Old Schwamb Mill



CURRENT EXHIBIT: "Mill Photographs 1969-1970." As the Schwamb Mill ended its days as a family business in 1969, two renowned photographers from Harvard, Len Gittleman and Richard Rogers, visited numerous times and took hundreds of black-and-white photographs. Beautiful works in themselves, these photographs form a valuable historical record of the Mill as it was in its business life. We encourage friends of the Mill to see this exhibit. Show runs March 17 - June 2, 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018. The Mill Will Be Open on Patriots Day, 11:00am - 3:00 pm.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Wee Woodland Fairy Workshop, With educators Peggy Fenner and Martha Whitman. Join us as we explore the fairy experience via story-telling, music, and creative projects. Space is limited to 20 children ages 4 to 8 and family members (children must be accompanied by an adult). RSVP to info@oldschwambmill.org or call 781-643-0554. Admission $5/family

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:15- 11:00 am. Walking Tour: On and Off Lake Street Led by Edward Gordon, Director of Museum Programs at the Mill, and Rachel Stark, Director of Walking in Arlington. Admission: $15. Send checks made out to Walking in Arlington to Walking in Arlington, 65 Randolph Street, Arlington, MA 02474. Please include email address and telephone number for the meeting location. Info: www.walkinginarlington.com.


Please Note: Suggested donation for entrance to all OSM programs is $5.00 unless otherwise specified.