Visitors to the New England Economic Adventure learn about the substantial improvement in living standards in the region over the past 200 years and about how economic growth made these improvements possible. They engage in thought-provoking activities that help them observe a synergy among factors of growth and note their connection to advancements in the way we live. They also play investment games that test their skill at making major decisions in the textile, bicycle, and computer industries of historical New England, or at speculating about the region’s future in the rapidly expanding field of renewable energy. In addition, visitors may enjoy one of the changing exhibits that complement the Adventure.
Visiting groups may also be interested in the Economic Education Laboratory, a free educational resource center open to middle and high school teachers and students who want to learn about economics, economic history, and personal finance.
The Economic Adventure was created mainly for school groups to visit, but it is open at designated times to other groups. Teachers interested in arranging a visit for middle or secondary school students should see the Class Visits section for scheduling information. Other groups wishing to visit should select Group Visits.
Starting in February 2012, the Adventure gallery will be open to walk-in visitors for guided viewings of the changing exhibit on Mondays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, see Exhibits.