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 »
Winter Hours of Operation
Winter Hours, 2006-2007 at Lowell National Historical Park
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 housings. The park offerings from November 27, 2006 through March 2, 2007 are adjusted for the season.
VISITOR CENTER AT MARKET MILLS
Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex located on the site of one of the city’s original textile mills. At the Park Visitor Center here you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city’s rich industrial past. “Lowell: The Industrial Revelation,” an award-winning multimedia presentation, introduces 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 on view in the Visitor Center 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 availableVisitor Center Hours: November 27, 2006 through March 2, 2007: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. CLOSED: December 25, 2006 & January 1, 2007. Admission: Free.
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 plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. Museum Hours: November 27, through March 2, 2007: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Saturday - Federal Holidays - School Vacation Weeks, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check the schedule daily for Ranger-guided Museum talks. CLOSED: December 24-25, 2006 & January 1, 2007. Admission: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6-16 & Students, $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free.
Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit
Explore the history of “mill girls” and immigrants in a Boott Mill boardinghouse. The Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Mogan Cultural Center and the Boardinghouse, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. EXHIBIT HOURS: November 27, 2006 through March 2, 2007: Saturday, Sunday, Federal Holidays, school vacation weeks, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. CLOSED December 24-25, 2006 & January 1, 2007. Admission FREE.
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.