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“A real blast from the past!”

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Ranked #1 of 23 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 8 October 2017 via mobile

The sheer size of this place & the ancient machinery still running & producing cloth. The noise of the limited number of machines running was phenomenal. All the MPS guides were great & the vintage tramcar ride was superb.
Ask & get dropped off @ the Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar on the way back to the Information centre. Lovely lunch & local on tap hard cider.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Artificer101
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

A very enlightening history of the American industrial revolution is found here and portrayed through historical video interpretation, museum exhibits with dioramas, hands on activies portraying the importance and process of the local cotton mils to Lowell and early American manufacturing. There is something here for all ages including the working weaving cotton mill. Lots to see and do but it can take several h koo it's to fully do the entire museum interpretative exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This was such a wonderful place to visit. They had a special exhibit for Apollo three. I understand they often have special exhibits that is what excites me. Learning some of the history of the Lowell area was phenomenal.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We did this on a rainy day during spring break and it was the perfect activity. When you first enter the museum you see the original punch cards/machines for the employees on the wall and immediately get a feel for what life was like for these girls. The first room has the actual spinning machines in motion - yes they still work. It is loud, however, ear plugs are provided if you would like. Here, you can watch the machines weave and produce cotton materials such as thread and towels, touch the materials, and even have a guide stop and start the machines for you as they explain the weaving process, the mill life, the history and the girls daily chores. It was great! Once upstairs, it is a more traditional museum with exhibits, guides, and documentaries playing. What's great about upstairs is there are tons of interactive stations to get your hands dirty with experiencing what the process was like to make thread, towels, clothing, and fabric during this time period. Overall, this place is great! I definitely recommend it.

Note * They do offer student discount and be sure to get your NPS Passport stamped at the front desk *

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank amberapocalypse
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Lots to see & learn here. Don't miss it if you're in the area and have an afternoon to look around. Good for school aged children and adults.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Randee G
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