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    Lowell

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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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park Operating Hours during Lowell Folk Festival (July 25-July 27)

See below this schedule for regular operating hours outside of the Folk Festival dates. During the Folk Festival, the Visitor Center Parking lot will not be available for parking. Paid parking will be available in the city parking garages. See our Directions page or call us at (978) 970-5000 for additional information. For schedules, maps, and other information for the citywide celebration, check out the Lowell Folk Festival website.

Friday, July 25:

All regular hours for tours and exhibits as below, with the Visitor Center open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26:

· Visitor Center open 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

· Boott Cotton Mills Museum open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (admission charged).

· Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit closed until Monday, July 28.

· Trolley Tours and Walking Tours not available during the Folk Festival. Trolleys will be offering free rides between Mack Plaza (near the Visitor Center) and Boardinghouse Park all day approximately every 15 minutes.

· Regular Canal Boat Tours not offered. Free 35-40 minute Trolley & Boat Rides offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. First come, first served (no reservations). Free tickets available at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).\

Sunday, July 27:

· Visitor Center open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

· Boott Cotton Mills Museum open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (admission charged).

· Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit closed until Monday, July 28.

· Trolley Tours and Walking Tours not available during the Folk Festival. Trolleys will be offering free rides between Mack Plaza (near the Visitor Center) and Boardinghouse Park all day approximately every 15 minutes.

· Regular Canal Boat Tours not offered. Free 35-40 minute Trolley & Boat Rides offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. First come, first served (no reservations). Free tickets available at the Visitor Center (246 Market Street).

 
Park Operating Hours (Except during Lowell Folk Festival, July 25-27)

Park Facility
Daily Schedule June 14 - September 1, 2014
Visitor Center
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Canal Boat Tours
11:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Controlling Nature Trolley Tour 2:30 p.m.
Moving Conversations Walking Tour
1:00 p.m.
Hidden History Ranger Talks - Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Hourly 10:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at 15 minutes past the hour.
 
SEASON-SPECIFIC PARK OPERATING HOURS

VISITOR CENTER
| 246 Market Street | (978) 970-5000
HOURS:

* CLOSED, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Christmas Day, December 25, and New Years Day, January 1, 2014.
June 14, 2014 - September 1, 2014: 9:00am-5:00pm, Daily.

Special Programs, Exhibits, Available Facilties
Award-winning video program, "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation." Introductory exhibits to park stories and resources. Children's Corner. Restrooms, general information on your park visit, as well as area lodging, cultural institutions, and dining is available.

MILL GIRLS & IMMIGRANTS EXHIBIT | 40 French Street | (978) 970-5000
HOURS:


*CLOSED, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Christmas Day, December 25 and New Years Day, January 1, 2014.
June 14, 2014 - September 1, 2014: 11:00pm - 5:00pm, Daily.

Exhibits, Facilities

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.

BOOTT COTTON MILLS MUSEUM | 115 John St.| (978) 970-5000
HOURS:

* CLOSED, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Christmas Day, December 25 and New Years Day, January 1, 2014.
June 14, 2014 - September 1, 2014: 9:30am-5:00pm, Daily.

ADMISSION:
Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6-16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under free.

Exhibits
Don't miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms for a sense of the textile millworkers' experience! 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.

UMASS CENTER FOR LOWELL HISTORY &
THE PATRICK J. MOGAN CULTURAL CENTER | 40 French Street | (978) 934-4998
HOURS:

* CLOSED Most Holidays. Center for Lowell History Hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm

Research Library, Available Facilties
The Universtiy of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History was established in 1971 to assure the safekeeping, preservation, and availability for study and research of materials in unique subject areas.

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MOODY STREET FEEDER GATEHOUSE | Merrimack and Dutton Sts. | (978) 970-5000
HOURS:

Call to inquire about special group tour arrangements to visit this site.

Exhibits
Explore one of the preserved gatehouses that regulated the city's canal system producing waterpower for the textile mills.

RIVER TRANSFORMED EXHIBIT | 600 Suffolk St. | 978-970-5000
HOURS:

Call to inquire about special group tour arrangements to visit this site. See Guide Tour schedule for tour dates, here.

Exhibits
Insight on how the industrial revolution shaped our complex relationship with nature, a relationship that continues to evolve today, is told here.

NORTHERN CANAL WALKWAY | Entrance adjacent to 175 Aiken St. and/or Mammoth Rd/School St. Bridge. | (978) 970-5000
HOURS:

The historic walkway along the Northern Canal island is open Sundays when river conditions permit between May 15 and October 15. To find out if the walkway is open, please call the park at (978) 970-5000.

 


Park Facility
September 2 - October 13, 2014
Visitor Center
9:00am-5:00pm, daily
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
9:30am-5:00pm, daily
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit
1:30pm-5:00pm, daily
Tours: Views of Lowell Trolley Tour
Monday - Friday, 2:30pm
Ranger Talks 11am, 1pm & 3pm (Boott Mills), 2pm & 4pm (Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, daily
Canal Boat Tours: Working the Water
11:00am, Sat/Sun/Columbus Day
Canal Boat Tours: Engineering Innovation
12:00 noon, Sat/Sun/Columbus day
Canal Boat Tours: Transforming Landscapes
2pm & 3pm. Sat/Sun/Columbus Day



 

Did You Know?

Students weaving on floor looms at Lowell National Historical Park

The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a collaborative project of the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park. Over 60,000 school children per year experience curriculum based education programs at the park & Center. More...