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Well worth your time!

They actually still make wood boats. The historic tour is well done and provides much information... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2017
Martha S
Wonderful Historic Gem

Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America and reputedly the... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2017
Brian M
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building. We offer classes, exhibits, tours, repairs, boat building and more.Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest...more
459 Main St, Amesbury, MA 01913-4207
+1 978-834-0050
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

They actually still make wood boats. The historic tour is well done and provides much information. Displays emphasize the progression of the boat-making history. Parking is a little difficult, but just park along the street. It's worth a few U-turns to find a spot!! Traffic...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2017

Manned by volunteers who are knowledgable and clearly enjoy the work they do here. It is a self guided tour, but if you have any questions, the volunteers will be happy to engage and enlighten you.

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Reviewed June 25, 2017

Took a guided tour of this historic boat house, built in 1793 by Simon Lowell. Our guide was well informed and could answer any questions. There is a short video at the on start of the tour that provides a quick synopsis from the beginning...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America and reputedly the birthplace of the fishing dory.. Well worth the time to visit and explore this little gem. The boat shop still produces wooden dories and the entire shop is a living...More

1  Thank Brian M
Lowells1793, Lowell's Crew at Lowell's Boat Shop, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2017

We are happy you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again!

Reviewed February 25, 2017

They'll show you a video that summarizes the history of the place, and it's a good one, very informative. The shop itself seems too small to have made as many boats as it apparently has (at one time). The people are extremely likeable and clearly...More

Thank Kimetra F
Reviewed February 14, 2017

An extremely interesting spot to visit that is a National Heritage site for New England boat building. It is the oldest wooden boat shop still in existence in the U.S.

Thank Kathleen T
Reviewed September 14, 2016

I grew up on the merrimack river with lowells boat shop across the street from my house. Our school and our kids schools take them to the boat shop to teach the kids how to make the old wooden boats, which they still make there.

Thank Gioia C
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for some local history of boat making. Where better than on the Merrimack. So cool to see and know they still make boats and teach the young and older how to as well.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed August 20, 2016

This boat shop has a long significance in our family as they resided on the Merrimack River for years. The boat shop is a real working shop that has been there since ???1700's or so ? They make incredible wooden dinghy's . Its worth the...More

Thank 713sispa
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Easy to locate , right on River. Staff informative and freindly. One can actually build a wooden dory with a few others . Old tools on display along with pictures if another past era.

Thank Emile H
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