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Exhibit Hours

June 14 - September 1, 2014

Visitor Center

Daily, 9:00am-5:00pm

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Fees Apply

Daily, 9:30am-5:00pm

Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit

Daily 11:00am-5:00pm

Center for Lowell History

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm,

Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm

River Transformed Exhibit

Open by tour only


For information about the year-long operating hours for these exhibits please click here.

Visitor Center

Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Lowell Manufacturing Company, one of the city's original textile mills. Market Mills houses the National Park Visitor Center, where you can make reservations for tours, explore exhibits, visit the Children's Corner, and view the award-winning multi-image video program, "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation" every half hour 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Also on view by request is "Lowell Blues," a film by Henry Ferrini about author Jack Kerouac and his native city. (Due to special programs, times may vary occasionally). General information on area lodging, cultural institutions, and dining is also available. Also in Market Mills: the Visitor Center Bookstore, and the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA. Limited free parking is available.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Don't miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The Boott Cotton Mills Museum includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. Adults, $6.00; Seniors, $4.00 (62+); Youths, $3.00 (6-16); Students (16+ with ID), $4.00; Children 5 and under, free. 115 John Street (formerly 400 Foot of John Street), Lowell, MA. Parking is available for a fee at city garage, or on street metered parking.

Also at the museum, check for daily happenings at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell Historical Society, and shop at the Museum Store (reduced hours in winter - call for details) for a large selection of mill-related books, cloth from our weave room, books for kids, and other mill-related items.

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 Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free. 40 French Street, Lowell, MA. Parking is available at city garage for a fee, or on street metered parking.

Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center
The Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, located at 40 French Street, is a partner site of Lowell National Historical Park in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The mission of the Mogan Cultural Center is to "tell the human story of Lowell" through the development of exhibits, projects and programs. The Center serves as the home to the world-renowned Angkor Dance Troupe, the Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit and the University of Massachusetts' Center for Lowell History. The Mogan Cultural Center strives to play a positive role among community groups as well as advance cultural and historical activities within the city. 40 French Street, Lowell, MA. Parking is available at city garage for a fee, or on street metered parking.

River Transformed Exhibit
The historic Wannalancit Mill features original 19th century turbines and water raceways that are still visible to the public. Learn how industrialists and engineers viewed and harnessed the power of the Merrimack River to drive Lowell's textile mills. Explore the history of the watershed, the human uses of the river system, and the impacts of industrialization on the river. Open by tour only.

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...