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Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell

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  • Very transparent about how loud the huge machines are, thank you. Incredibly educational, immersive, and well laid out experience. Beautiful location and building, wonderfully preserved. Good for ALL....  more
    Very transparent about how loud the huge machines are, thank you. Incredibly educational, immersive, and well laid out experience. Beautiful location and building, wonderfully preserved. Good for ALL....  more »
  • A dive into the Industrial Revolution. This museum was fascinating. I loved the weave room. Only 10 machines were running and it was incredibly loud. Cannot imagine 200 machines running as they were.....  more
    A dive into the Industrial Revolution. This museum was fascinating. I loved the weave room. Only 10 machines were running and it was incredibly loud. Cannot imagine 200 machines running as they were.....  more »
  • It’s a fascinating museum about the history of the Lowell mills. The first floor includes hundreds of cotton weaving machines, including several operating. With just a handful running, it’s almost... 
    It’s a fascinating museum about the history of the Lowell mills. The first floor includes hundreds of cotton weaving machines, including several operating. With just a handful running, it’s almost...  more »
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  • A fascinating museum, not just about the creation of the mills and their (loud) operation, but also the quest for legal and constitutional balance between owners and workers that continues into the 21st century. Truly worth a visit!
  • This place was unexpectedly more interesting than we anticipated. I thought the kids would be bored, but they had a great time. The looms were shockingly loud and the kids all sat on the floor upstairs to feel the floor shaking with the machines running downstairs, and only a quarter of them are running. We can't even imagine the experience if all the looms were going at once, or if every floor was filled with production. Imagine how much it would feel like an earthquake then! We didn't spend nearly as long as I would have liked reading all the information, but it's a good excuse to go back and catch all the things we missed! The kids are already asking when we can go back.
  • Excellent exhibits and well preserved factory. A treasure. Informative movie. Street parking only. Know that you will be greeted by "Negative Ned" at parking entrance where you will be told every you CANNOT PARK and offers NO INFORMATION as to where you can park even upon being asked. Worth a visit despite Negative Ned.
  • We were so glad we came across this museum in Lowell on our way home from a trip. Beautifully thought-out and designed. The loom room with deafening looms running made the 12+ hour work day palpable for us. I loved the hands-on stations card-combing cotton, threading the shuttle, weaving on the hand loom. The end exhibit made us think about how much we pay for our current articles of clothing and where the money goes. We were coming from Philadelphia, another big textile hub (Manayunk!) but I think everyone can find a personal connection to this museum, whether it’s your family’s immigration history or the clothes you wear on your back. Highly recommend.
  • Revisited this place with a friend after 21 years, having originally visited for a 5th grade field trip. Overall it's a great value for people of all ages looking to learn about the industrial revolution, as well as the history of Lowell and the textile industry.

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