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Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1159
+1 978-970-5000
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This museum is a really good history lesson for all ages. The working loom room is awesome. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cindy R
Southborough, Massachusetts
Holy grail. They have a full weaving floor faked. Outstanding

There’s a guy actually weaving talking you thru stuff the noise is authentically deafening. Ear... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom
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This former textile mill is a reminder of the changes the Industrial Revolution brought to Lowell, and to America.
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115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1159
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a really good history lesson for all ages. The working loom room is awesome. The operator turns a few extra looms on when you walk by and it gets so loud! Hard to believe how loud it must have been when they...More

Thank Cindy R
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.

Thank Carnalbanagh
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...More

Thank Thomas M
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...More

Thank Celia L
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...More

Thank JRF-WS
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 @...More

Thank Artificer101
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...More

Thank Bill M
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
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank amberapocalypse
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.

Thank Randee G
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27 September 2016|
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Response from Tom L | Reviewed this property |
Check out the Athenian Corner, Olympia Rest., Cobblestones or the old court. The Worthen is good but it is more of a bar and 54 people might overwhelm it for lunch. All of these places are online, but like any place... More
Anthony B
9 September 2016|
Response from Renato L | Reviewed this property |
My advise is to take the Free lowell national park visitors tour. The opening times in October depends upon the time of the tour and the average visit is less than an hour.