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“Holy grail. They have a full weaving floor faked. Outstanding”

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 November 2017

There’s a guy actually weaving talking you thru stuff the noise is authentically deafening. Ear plugs are supplied. When you go upstairs the displays encompass every single aspect of cotton.

1  Thank Carnalbanagh
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"all ages"
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"visitor center"
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"minute walk"
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"fascinating history"
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"great visit"
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Lowell is a city located not far from well-known American Revolution sites in Concord, Lexington and Boston. Lowell is credited as birthplace for the Industrial Revolution in the US starting in the early 1800's. The Boot Cotton Mills Museum is a major feature of the Lowell National Historic Park whose exhibits tells the story of the growth and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in the mills of Lowell, along with the immigrants and the mill girls drawn to Lowell's mills. Besides telling the the story of Lowell's rise and how people lived, there is a large working weave room the replicates the noise and other factors that the workers endured on daily basis. In late spring, summer ad early fall you can ride the antique replica trolleys through the charming cobblestoned downtown to and from the National Park Visitors' Center to the museum. You can make a full day of a trip to Lowell by pairing up seeing the Museum exhibits with a guided Canal boat tour through a canyon of mills to the Merrimack River. Be sure to fit in lunch or dinner stop at one of the various downtown restaurants and/or visit to unique art galleries or Whistler House Museum.

1  Thank ThomasM5827
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Vast old brick mill building dating from the 1840's and shut in the 1970's has been reimagined as mostly riverfront condos. However, a wonderful museum and a working period factory floor is housed in a small portion of the complex. Small belt driven looms rescued from a mill in Arkansas make an incredible racket as they churn out narrow lengths of white toweling with blue stripes (available for purchase). The museum is extensive, well lit, beautifully curated and packed with artifacts. Lots of schoolchildren on field trips. Lovely gift shop, friendly staff. The mill is within (long) walking distance of downtown, or you can take the yellow trolley. Great visit!

1  Thank Celia L
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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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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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