Lowell National Historical Park announces it's Spring 2009 hours of operation
Lowell National Historical Park, one of over 390 units of the National Park Service, preserves and interprets the history of the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park in downtown Lowell includes historic cotton textile mills, 5.6 miles of power canals, operating gatehouses, and worker housing. The Park offerings from March 15, 2009 through May 22, 2009 are adjusted for the season.
March 15 – May 22
246 Market Street
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
BoottCotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Daily
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, 4o French Street
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Daily
Views of Lowell Tour
2:30 p.m. Daily
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center in Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex, one of the city’s original textile mills. At the Visitor Center, you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city’s rich industrial past. Here Lowell: The Industrial Revelation, an award –winning multimedia presentation, is available introducing visitors to the story of how people, technology, and capital came together to revolutionize textile production—and a way of life—in Lowell and other American cities. Also shown is Lowell Blues, a film by Henry Ferrini about author Jack Kerouac and his native city. (Due to special programs times may vary occasionally).
Make reservations for park tours and other programs; visit the Children’s Corner, sign up for the Junior Ranger Program, and shop in the Museum Store. Learn about Lowell’s many cultural institutions and the diverse array of special events that celebrate the city’s rich ethnic heritage. General information on area lodging and dining is also available. Free admission. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm , open daily
BoottCotton Mills Museum
Don’t miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The park’s primary exhibit includes the weave room and interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. See insert for seasonal hours. Fees: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6 -16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free. Call to inquire about special group rates. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, open daily
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit
Explore the history of “mill girls” and immigrants in a Boott Mills boardinghouse. The Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Mogan Cultural Center, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free admission. 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, open daily
Views of Lowell Tour
Join a park ranger to discover intriguing locations and stories of Lowell. You may learn about the downtown locks and canal structures; explore the relationship of the river to the power and production of the industrial city; or learn about the lives of Lowell’s famous “mill girls.” Tour travels primarily by trolley although there may be some walking. Free.2:30 p.m. Offered daily.
Historic replica trolleys operate daily carrying visitors and students from the Visitor Center to the Boott Mills. Schedules vary; please check for the trolley schedule at the Visitor Center Desk.
Did You Know?
The population of Lowell grew dramatically during the years of industrial expansion-rising from about 2,500 in 1826 to more than 33,000 in 1850, when Lowell was the second largest city in Massachusetts.