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Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Lowell
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This former textile mill is a reminder of the changes the Industrial Revolution brought to Lowell, and to America.
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The most fascinating part of this museum is the room full of working looms. The size of it and the number of looms with the loud sound of them really made you think about what it was like to work back then in this industry.

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Howell, New Jersey
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16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

History of textile production in Lowell MA Insight into the beginnings of factory work in the US and how workers struggled for a better life

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Interesting and informative information about the history of the industrial revolution as well as the production of textiles in Lowell MA

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Hamilton, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

When we visited to museum we only had fifteen minutes, just enough to see the first floor. The highlight of the whole museum we did see which is the rows and rows of automatic looms around which the city of Lowell is based. It was informative as well as very cool for all ages

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Canandaigua, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Incredible to see an actual working mill factory. The beginning of the industrial revolution started in Lowell, Ma. Imagine working there as you step into a functioning mill.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

There is a room full of operating cotton weaving mills! Noisy, but very interesting. Also an historical display

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Canmore, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you are interested in the industrial revolution - and what a 19th century mill looks like then don't miss this spot. Great museum and an actual working spin room.

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St. Paul, MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Housed in the original mill, this history museum is focused on re-telling the experiences of those who worked in the Boott Cotton Mill throughout its history. Because life in and around this mill was in many repsects typical of experiences in other mills, it nicely tells the story of the Industrial Revolution mostly fromthe perspective of the mill workers. There... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a fascinating place! An integrated mill, it took raw cotton through the weaving process. They continue to operate a number of old looms. It wasn't busy when we went. The operators would stop a loom and show us parts and answer questions. In fact, I bet they might do on any day. It's quite loud in the weaving... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This site had a lot of interactive exhibits or kids and adults alike. I really enjoyed seeing the room of working looms and the cutout of how the mill would have looked and worked. You get to really see how crowded, noisy, hot and dirty the mill would have been.

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