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Lowell National Historical Park

Address: 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone Number: 978-970-5000
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Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Lowell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, State Parks, Historic sites, History museums, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.
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Type: National Parks, State Parks, Historic sites, History museums, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This park commemorates Lowell's integral part in America's Industrial Revolution.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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228 reviews 228 reviews
38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We've visited here a couple of times. Once a long time ago with our sons' boy scout troop. Later with as a history group for a quilting exhibit. The staff and rangers are wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We found the free parking lot area, but the mix of free, pay and private parking confused us. The Visitors Center needs better signs from the parking area. Once inside, we enjoyed the film, bought some cloth, and headed off for the boarding house exhibit. The museum focuses on the personal and social dimensions of the the mill system.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The National Park Service, to my experience, always does an excellent job. The Lowell NHP is no exception. Situated in an old textile mill, the Visitor Center provides an good starting point. The Boot Mills Museum has a working weave room set up that gives a wonderful sense of what working in a mill must have been like. Walking tours... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Met a friend and her 3 boys, (plus my son), ages 8-14 for the afternoon. The boys (including dad) were groaning that this would be boring but as I predicted based on Tripadvisor reviews everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the National Historic Park. The Park staff was engaging and you could tell they truly loved to tell the story of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Fascinating and unique national historical park in an urban setting. You learn and understand the genesis, growth and demise of the Industrial Revolution in this part of New England by visiting several of the original textile mill buildings. Excellent and enlightening experience. Exhibits and films presented are top-notch. Good for young and old. A truly eye-opening experience for anyone interested... More 

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NEW WINDSOR
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360 reviews 360 reviews
127 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Touring this National Park takes time, and a great of walking. Not something I am very good at any more. I had some difficulty with the handicapped acces in the museum and visitors center. That aside, the museum is EXCELLENT. NPS has preserved well the machinery and tools of the cotton mills. Some great stories of the people who worked... More 

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Houston, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great collection of historic photographs of the city mills. Take time to watch the 20 minute film at the visitor center.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A friend and I spent parts of three days in Lowell. We toured the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and the Mill Girls Museum, both operated by the National Park Service. We enjoyed learning about the role of immigration in the development of the mills and seeing the looms in operation. We also did the trolley tour and the canal boat... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What a great way to see Lowell!! Breath taking views, well informed and professional guided tour. I will make this a yearly event with my family. Only in Lowel!! Who dug the canals? Who laid the stone walls? Who operated the locks and gates? Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell's remarkable waterpower system. Find... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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164 reviews 164 reviews
74 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stopped by the Lowell Mill museums on our way home, so didn't have a lot of time. There is a lot to see. We were able to see the Boott Cotton Mills Museum- which had a large space filled with the vintage looms- all the belts were spinning but only a few at the end were producing fabric. You... More 

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