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Lowell National Historical Park

Lowell National Historical Park - BEST Massachusetts Places to Picnic

WELCOME to Lowell National Historical Park

67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852

General Information & Reservations
(978) 970-5000

The early story of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated at Lowell National Historical Park in the midst of this lively city. The Park offers visitors an in-depth look into the past that brought the 19th century textile industry to tap the waterpower of the Merrimack River while also revealing cultural connections to the present and visions for the future.

Exhibits and Tours

Take a guided tour of Lowell by trolley or explore the Merrimack on our canal boat tours. Uncover the Industrial Revolution through interactive exhibits at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, and see the operating power looms. To learn more about the people behind the history, visit the Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit.

There are several exhibits available in downtown Lowell that are operated by Lowell National Historical Park. Information about them is included below. The City also is home to a wealth of cultural and historical offerings in addition to those of Lowell National Historical Park.

Visitor Center
Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Lowell Manufacturing Company mill complex, one of the city�s original textile mills. 

Market Mills houses the National Park Visitor Center, where you can make reservations for tours, explore exhibits, visit the Children�s Corner, and view the award-winning multi-image video program, �Lowell: The Industrial Revelation� every half hour 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Also on view at 4:00 PM is �Lowell Blues,� a film by Henry Ferrini about author Jack Kerouac and his native city. (Due to special programs, times may vary occasionally). 

General information on area lodging, cultural institutions, and dining is also available. Also in Market Mills: the Visitor Center Bookstore, and the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA. Limited free parking is available.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Don�t miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The Boott Cotton Mills Museum includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. Adults, $6.00; Seniors, $4.00 (62+); Youths, 6-16 $3.00; Students (16+ with ID), $4.00; Children 5 and under, free. 115 John Street (formerly 400 Foot of John Street), Lowell, MA. 

Parking is available for a fee at city garage, or on street metered parking.

Also at the museum, check for daily happenings at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell Historical Society, and shop at the Museum Store (reduced hours in winter - call for details) for a large selection of mill-related books, cloth from our weave room, books for kids, and other mill-related items.

Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center
The Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, located at 40 French Street, is a program of Lowell National Historical Park in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The mission of the Mogan Cultural Center is to �tell the human story of Lowell� through the development of exhibits, projects and programs. 

The Center serves as the home to the world-renowned Angkor Dance Troupe, Lowell National Historic Park�s Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit and the University of Massachusetts� Center for Lowell History. 

The Mogan Cultural Center strives to play a positive role among community groups as well as advance cultural and historical activities within the city. 40 French Street, Lowell, MA Schedule of Events. Parking is available at city garage for a fee, or on street metered parking.

Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit
Explore the history of �mill girls� and immigrants in a Boott Mill boardinghouse. The Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free. 40 French Street, Lowell, MA. Parking is available at city garage for a fee, or on street metered parking.

Did You Know?
Protests came to Lowell in the mid-1830s. Mill management...twice reduced the take-home pay of women workers. Faced with growing inventories and falling prices, owners believed the only way to sustain profits was to cut labor costs. The mill workers were not willing to accept this logic.

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