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“Fascinating”

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Lowell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This former textile mill is a reminder of the changes the Industrial Revolution brought to Lowell, and to America.
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

A working example of knitting mill with functioning equipment. Rangers are there to answer all your questions. Fine 20 minute history film will bring you up to date. You'll learn about the people, the lions, the production and the whole factory experience. They really do a very nice job,

Thank B W
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

The lives of the textile workers come close here. Perhaps you'll need to read up a bit before you go, but imagination and the brilliant park ranger guides will give you a real feel for the independence women sought and got as workers at the mills, and also the hardships they went through.
One third of the mill workers died within a decade of working at the mills. The textile fibres got into their lungs - median age of death was 39. And yet the pride of being the "ideal" town of industrialization in the US is strong here. Initially girls came from local farms to work at the mills, living in boarding houses (you can see one such in close walking distance from the museum).
Later people came from all over - immigrants from fifty-some nations worked together and a multi-ethnic town developed, with several nationalities creating their own neighborhoods.
The author Jack Keruoac, incidentally, came from the French-Canadian neighborhood in Lowell.
This is fascinating stuff and the museum gives as close of an experience of the times as possible. The guides and visitor center staff are knowledgeable and interesting. The visitor center has all kinds of books relevant to the period, and a lot of hands-on materials for teachers (including cotton plants, and samples of woven cloth).
We were grateful and touched to see this museum, and will recommend it, and its history, to anyone interested in what shaped the US nation.

Thank GodMat
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Well worth an hour or two of time to learn how factories operated in Lowell back during the industrial revolution. Quite interesting!

Thank ctvabeachbm
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

There are 2 Visitor Centers a few blocks apart. The museum is in one visitor center. It has terrific displays and the mill machines. Very worthwhile.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The mill complex is surprisingly attractive, and the self guided tour of the working machines and exhibits, as well as a very good film, all fascinating. I especially enjoyed reading what actual milk workers interviewed in the late 80's said about their experiences working at the hard jobs. Interesting background of the industrial revolution, and its ties to the raw cotton industry and slavery. Note: those numbered plaques on parking spots around town are so you can pay your meter! We initially thought they were reserved, and circled looking for parking. Also, some free parking at the Park Visitor center. The mill is about a 6 minute walk from there. A trolley runs between sites, but we were too late to catch it.

Thank Carol S
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