Special Event


One City, Many Cultures Exhibit Grand Opening

Lowell National Historical Park



Dates & Times


Saturday, September 23, 2023


11:00 AM


5 hours

Type of Event

Children’s Program
Partner Program

Opening Ceremony begins at 11:00AM and is expected to last for half an hour. From 12 noon to 4:00PM a celebration will be held in neighboring Boarding House Park and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.


Join us for the grand opening of a new exhibit One City, Many Cultures! 

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony and afternoon celebration moved into the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.) 

“One City, Many Cultures” is about how culture shapes and connects people and communities through the stories of Lowell over time. The range of diverse experiences represented throughout Lowell’s past and present is a strength, adding to the complexity and vibrancy of the city and the country. We hope that people can see themselves in the exhibit and better understand others by encountering perspectives and ways of life that are different from their own. Five-years in the making, Lowell National Historical Park is proud to open this community co-created exhibit.  

The opening ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Boarding House Park. After the ceremony, explore the exhibit space or take part in the celebration in Boarding House Park. Performances and activities will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will include the Tsongas Industrial History Center, local community organizations and performing arts groups! In the event of rain, the ceremony and activities will be moved inside.

Bring the whole family and explore the immersive and interactive introduction to Lowell as a vibrant, multi-cultural city. ASL interpreters will be available throughout the day. No food will be served - please plan accordingly by visiting businesses in the downtown or packing a picnic lunch!

The Center for Lowell History will be hosting an open-house exhibit from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m displaying their collection of items focusing on the history of Lowell, its people, and UMass Lowell! Learn more about the organization by reserving a spot on a tour of the archives! Tours are held at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m; the sign-up sheet is available at the Center for Lowell History. 

Following the opening ceremony, free trolley runs between our Visitor Center and Boarding House Park will be available. A special 45-minute 2:00 p.m. tour, Views of Lowell, will be hosted by a ranger on the trolley.

The event will take place at Boarding House Park and the Mogan Cultural Center (40 French Street). The event is free and open to all.  


List of Performers:

12:15 pm - Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association

1:00 pm - Angkor Dance Troupe

3:00 pm - McGonagle School of Irish Dance

3:30pm - St. Michael's Catholic Choir


Many local organizations will be coming to the celebration bringing information and activities! Including: 

African Community Center of Greater Lowell 

Angkor Dance Troupe

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

Center for Lowell History 

Girls Inc. 

Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association 

International Institute of New England 

Islamic Society of Greater Lowell 

Latinx Community Center for Empowerment

Mosaic Lowell 

Lowell Alliance 

City of Lowell 

Tsongas Industrial History Center


Parking Information   

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is a 10-15 minute walk (0.6 miles) from the Visitor Center (246 Market Street) and the Hamilton Canal Innovation District parking garage (350 Dutton Street). Parking in this garage (only) is available to National Park visitors at no cost provided they obtain a valid parking voucher at either the Visitor Center or at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

If you would like to park closer to the museum, parking is available for a fee at city garages or on metered street parking. The closest city parking garage is located at 75 John Street.

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.

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Emily Donovan
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