The American Textile History Museum shows the history of America using textiles as its medium. ATHM features a variery of cloths and other textiles, as well as some of the machines that were used to create them.
At the American Textile History Museum, you will find a tremendous amount of information about textiles, the manufacturing of textiles, the life of the laborers who created the textiles, as well as historical information about many of the towns that were home to textile mills, including Lowell, Massachusetts.
Boott Mills was opened and operational for over a hundred and twenty years before it finally closed its doors in 1955. It has been restored and reopened by the Lowell National Historical Park as a museum paying homage to the mill and the mill tradition of Lowell. The museum’s exhibits include authentic mill equipment, some of which is working, to give visitors the opportunity to hear and feel the roar of theses powerfull pieces of equipment.
In other areas of the park where the Museum is located, visitors can tour the Boardinghouse, where the Lowell Mill Girls lived. Another sight at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum includes the cotton storehouse, and visitors can walk the grounds around the mills, and take a stroll on the walkway next to the Merrimack River.
Lowell, Massachusetts was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and Lowell National Historical Park shares the history of this great city through a variety of museums, exhibitions, and events. The National Historical Park offers visitors a comprehensive look into the history of Lowell, allowing people to see how Lowell’s canals, mill buildings, and other architectural features enabled Lowell to become the center for mill life during this era.
Explore many of the famed mill buildings, parks, and canals that are currently managed by the Lowell National Historical Park. Participate in Park-sponsored lectures and events to become educated about Lowell’s place in American history.
Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center is a part of the Lowell National Historical Park in partnership with UMass Lowell. Mogan Cultural Center’s primary mission is to “tell the human story of…Lowell.” This is accomplished by the Center by creating special exhibits shown throughout the city of Lowell, projects developed in conjunction with students, residents of Lowell and historians, and special programs featuring scholars and experts in a variety of historical fields.
The Mogan Cultural Center is actively involved with many organizations and community groups in Lowell, and they participate in and sponsor many activities within the city of Lowell with a focus on preserving and teaching the history of Lowell, Massachusetts.
The primary focus of the Lowell National Streetcar Museum is to present an exhibit that explains the significance of public transit and its evolution over the years. By providing examples using historical objects as well as a running streetcar, the Streetcar Museum hopes to educate the community on the social and political perspectives of transportation’s development.
Aside from the main exhibits in the Museum, the other primary feature of the Museum is the streetcar, Desire, which runs in downtown Lowell from May through October and is available for visitors of all ages to ride. In 1984, in collaboration with the Lowell National Historical Park, the electric streetcar lines were restored as part of the Museum’s project for its own streetcar rides, and two trolleys were acquired for exhibition.
The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) has dedicated itself to preserving and exhibiting the artistry of quilts and the art of quilt making. This takes place both in galleries of antique quilts and in special seminars on the art of quilt making, which are held at the Museum throughout the year. The NEQM is the primary sponsor of the annual Lowell Quilt Festival, which is used as a fundraiser for the Museum.
NEQM is also home to an important Quilt Library, which provides books on quilt making, quilt-related fiction, as well as videos. The library offers quilt related periodicals, and it and gives visitors an opportunity to try quilt-making computer software.
The mission of the Revolving Museum in Lowell is to be an “evolving laboratory of creative expression for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities who seek to experience the transformative power of art.” The Revolving Museum accomplishes its mission by sponsoring and exhibiting public art displays, exhibitions at the Museum and other off-campus locations, and through educational programs for students and residents of Lowell.
In 2007, the Revolving Museum was the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award in the Community category, which honored the Museum’s integration of the arts, humanities or sciences into the city of Lowell.
Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of well-known artist James McNeill Whistler, was established in 1908 as the home of the Lowell Art Association. In addition to the beautiful art that is displayed within the Museum, the Lowell Art Association owns and operates the Museum as an historic site.
Artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection is on display in the galleries of the Whistler House. Among the artists who are represented in the Museum are Frank Weston Benson, William Morris Hunt, William M. Paxton, William Preston Phelps, Aldro Hibbard, Arshile Gorky and Arthur P. Spear. The Museum also exhibits a large collection of James McNeill Whistler etchings.