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Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852
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Ranked #4 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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

There's no better place to get a sense of what textile production was like in the late nineteenth century that at the Boott Cotton Mills museum. The first floor houses row upon row of century old looms still producing a wide variety of cotton textiles. Several museum staff operate the looms and are available to answer any questions you many... More

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Canton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Loved the weaving room where cloth is being woven on 1900 looms. Give you a great idea of what the girls had to work in in 1900.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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
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42 helpful votes 42 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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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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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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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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