Boott Cotton Mills Museum

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Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street


The Boott Cotton Mills Museum at Lowell National Historical Park is the best place to learn about Lowell’s industrial past. Explore the stories of the workers, engineers, inventors, and investors who made Lowell the first successful planned industrial city in the United States. Learn more about the city’s role as a cutting-edge developer of technology and hub of social and economic change in the American Industrial Revolution.

Hours of Operation


The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is open daily from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
 
The Information Desk at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum
The Information Desk at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

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Information Desk


The Information Desk is the perfect place to start your visit to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Talk to a park ranger to learn more about the museum and to purchase your ticket (prices below). This is also where you can purchase an America the Beautiful Parks Pass and sign up for tours. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum also has its own passport stamp, which you can find here.

Museum Entry Prices*:
Adults - $6.00
Seniors (62+) - $4.00
Youths (6-16) - $3.00
Students (16+ with ID) - $4.00
Children (5 and under) - FREE

*Museum prices can be discounted if you have an America the Beautiful Parks Pass, or if you purchase a package deal which includes a boat tour.
 
A view of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum weave room showing rows of historic weaving machines
Boott Cotton Mills Museum Weave Room

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Weave Room


Past the Information Desk lies one of the museum’s highlights: an expansive weave room packed with over eighty historic power looms from the 1920s that is still weaving cotton cloth! Experience just a fraction of what Lowell’s mill girls and immigrant laborers would have seen, heard, smelled and felt when they worked in the mills. Talk with our friendly and knowledgeable weavers to learn more about the making textiles.
 
A park ranger talks with visitors at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum
A Park Ranger Talks With Visitors at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

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Museum Exhibits

Lowell: Visions of Industrial America Exhibit


The main exhibit at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell: Visions of America covers Lowell’s history from the time it was known as East Chelmsford in the 1700s through the modern day, with a focus on Lowell’s time as a leading innovator and economic center in the American Industrial Revolution. Oral history videos highlight real mill workers’ experiences in these factories, and interactive activities let you try your hand at making thread and cloth! A park ranger or volunteer is always available on the second floor to answer questions offer talks about Lowell history.
 
Henry Fourner (a young boy in tattered clothes) working as a sweeper and cleaner in Salem, MA. 1911
Henry Fourner working as a sweeper and cleaner in Salem, MA. 1911

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Child Labor: Documentary Photography and the Quest for Reform Exhibit


This exhibit centers on the work of two photographers, Lewis Wickes Hines and Dr. David L. Parker, who documented the injustices of child labor to bring attention to the children's plight. Hines images, captured in the early 20th century, highlight child workers across America. Dr. Parker's images reflect the international experience of child workers in the 1990s. Taken all together, the images convey the severity and extent of this global problem.
 
A woman dressed as "Liberty" stands in front of the Treasury Building in Washington D.C.
Hedwig Reicher dressed as "Columbia" at the Suffrage Parade March, Washington, D.C., 1913

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What's New About the Past: The 19th Amendment and Lowell Exhibit


Opened in summer 2020 in honor of the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, the newest installation of the Park's What's New About the Past series traces the history of suffrage activism in Lowell from the early 1900s to current campaigns for expanded voting access and equity. Explore the stories of Massachusetts women who fought tirelessly for the right to vote.
 
A large group of children in traditional Greek outfits gather for a Greek Independence Day celebration
A Greek Independence Day celebration in Lowell, 1988.

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Acropolis of America: The Greek Community of Lowell 1974-2020 Exhibit


The “Acropolis of America” exhibit documents the role the city of Lowell played in the history of Greek immigration as the home of the third-largest Greek population in America. From fewer than 10 Greeks in 1880, the city’s population grew to a thriving community of 35,000 by 1925. They worked in mills, ran grocery stores, and helped each other through the Great Depression. Despite urban renewal in the Greek Triangle neighborhood, the community remained strong as evidenced by churches, a full-day school, businesses, festivals, and several social and cultural organizations. This exhibit was developed by students at UMass Lowell.
 

Wheels of Change Film


While the Boott Museum focuses its attention on Lowell and its cotton mills, the Wheels of Change film looks at the larger national picture. This 22 minute film covers the first 100 years of the American Industrial Revolution, highlighting Lowell’s role while also looking at what came before and after. The film is played every half hour. The Wheels of Change Theater is temporarily closed.
 
A variety of books and gifts at a book store
Books and merchandise available at the Park Store

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Park Store


Looking for a guide to the park's history and culture? Searching for an educational souvenir of your visit to Lowell? Start your search at the Park Store. America's National Parks, the park's cooperating association, operates on the first floor of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. A portion of America's National Parks' proceeds are returned to the park.
 

Parking

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is a 10 minute walk from the Visitor Center (246 Market Street) and the National Park Service parking lot (304 Dutton Street). If you would like to park closer to the museum, parking is available for a fee at city garages or on metered street parking.

Disability designated parking spaces are provided in the city parking garage at 75 John Street. The garage has a hight limitation of 6' 8" for vehicles. Vehicles that display disability license plates or a hanging placard may also park at no cost in and designated parking space within the City of Lowell.
 

Accessibility

For Visitors With Mobility Impairments:

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is fully accessible. A wheelchair loan is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free of charge. Inquire at the National Park Service information desk for more information.

Service dogs are welcomed throughout the Park, on tours and in all facilities. For more information about service animals, please refer to the ADA service dog guidelines.

For Visitors With Hearing Impairments:

A variety of written information is available in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum information desk. All films throughout the museum feature captions. Please ask a staff member for more information.
 

Last updated: December 10, 2020

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Mailing Address:

67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Phone:

(978) 970-5000

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