• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley

    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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Mass Mill
Massachusetts Mill - David Doherty/NPS
 

Welcome to Lowell National Historical Park

The story of Lowell is a powerful experience within a landscape that has much to offer for visitors. The revolutionary thinking that took place in the 19th century continues into the 21st century. The creation of this national park is one of those revolutionary ideas that was spawned with great public enthusiasm. Here we tell the stories of innovation in technology and engineering and of people who came from faraway lands looking to make a better life for themselves and their families.

The creation of Lowell National Historical Park in 1978 acknowledged Lowell's significant contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Lowell's culture, environment, and historic manufacturing economy are influential pieces of our national heritage which ultimately changed American life. The city and its textile mills represent the first large-scale planned industrial city in American history. 19th-century Lowell ushered in a new era of technical innovation in textile manufacturing, gave rise to the modern corporation, and developed one of America's earliest urban working classes. Historically Lowell was heralded as the "Venice of the United States" for its extensive, technologically advanced canal system. Today, the Park is quite literally woven into the modern City of Lowell - a testament to the high integrity of Lowell's historic and cultural landscape.

Today, we offer opportunities to experience Lowell in exciting ways. Ride the rails on the historic replica trolleys, cruise the canals aboard one of our four tour boats, or walk along the Riverwalk or Canalway to one of many museums and historic sites within the Park. The evenings are filled with the sounds of music with our Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park. The Lowell Folk Festival is the main event in July as over 100,000 people come to Lowell and the Park to celebrate traditional music, ethnic foods and crafts.

Welcome! We look forward to hosting your trip to Lowell National Historical Park.

Did You Know?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.