• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley


    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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  • Folk Festival Parking and Schedule Changes

    While the park helps the city prepare for and celebrate the Lowell Folk Festival, the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton St. will be closed Wed July 23-Mon July 28. Also check our Operating Hours page for changes to tour and exhibit schedules. More »

Laws & Policies

A number of laws and policies guide the management of the park, starting with the enabling legislation that created Lowell. We have included this early legislation here, along with selected federal regulations. More information about the policies that guide the National Park Service as a whole is available through the NPS Office of Policy website.

Enabling Legislation and Public Laws

  • The Park's enabling legislation can be read in 16USC 410cc. This articulates the original significance, role, and scope of the Park.
  • Lowell National Historical Park was established on June 5th, 1978 via Public Law 95-290. Congress passed H.R.11662 to create the Lowell National Historical Park, Historic Preservation District, and Preservation Commission.
  • President Jimmy Carter's remarks upon signing H.R.11662

Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources. View detailed permit information to download an application.

Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. More information at www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/

Other Regulations
Park rangers enforce a number of federal regulations in the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 (36 CFR), and the United States Code, Titles 16, 18 and 21.

Superintendent's Compendium

-updated July 11, 2013

Did You Know?

Francis Gate/Guard Locks, Lowell, MA

There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.