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“Fascinating History”

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 17 October 2017

I have an even greater appreciation for fabric than I did before visiting. The effects of the cotton industry on women's rights, slavery, labor unions, and the Industrial Revolution are fascinating to explore. You get a small (but very loud) feel for what it was like to work in the cotton mills. Ranger Stephen, and the weavers in the mill room, are extremely knowledgable and passionate about the history of Lowell and the mills. So glad we stumbled on the opportunity to explore this important chapter of US History.

1  Thank Jennifer F
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"industrial revolution"
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"cotton mill"
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"great understanding"
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"upper floor"
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"weaving process"
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"all ages"
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"visitor center"
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"minute walk"
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"men and women"
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"fascinating history"
in 2 reviews
"free parking"
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"great visit"
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"two hours"
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"front desk"
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"an excellent job"
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"across the street"
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"new england"
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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.

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.

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.

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 *

Thank amberapocalypse
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