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American Textile History Museum - CLOSED

491 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01854-4289
+1 978-441-0400
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Closed for an undetermined period

Sadly the museum closed on 12/31/2015 for an undetermined period (it remains open to members and... read more

Reviewed January 1, 2016
Annabella G
Newton, MA
What a Gem!

If you love American Industrial History this museum is wonderful. The museum gives you an overall... read more

Reviewed November 30, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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This is not your run-of-the-mill museum. From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive at the American Textile History Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. In our core exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, you’ll spin, weave, design, and recycle your way through time in an amazing interactive experience that explores how textiles shaped our country and impact our lives every day. Watch how baseballs are made from wool, weave on an authentic hand loom, man the controls of a real airplane, and try on a glove designed for the NASA space program. Explore how textiles are changing our world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to high-tech “shark skin” suits for Olympic swimmers. See firsthand how many of the clothes you wear are made of wood, crude oil, or plastic soda bottles! The clothing we wear, the clean water we drink, the sports we play, the cars we drive, and the roads we drive on are all possible only through the incredible world of textiles. And you’ll experience it all at the American Textile History Museum. Check out our rotating special exhibitions exploring fascinating topics through textiles, from the glamour and grace of 1930s fashion to the poignant stories of Vietnam soldiers. Enjoy our family-friendly interactive centers for hands-on fiber arts for all ages. Stop by our gift shop for a souvenir to remember your day of fun and discovery. You’ll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again. ATHM has the most significant integrated textile history collection in North America including extensive flat textile and clothing collections, one of the world’s largest and most important collections of spinning wheels and looms, an unparalleled archive of approximately five million American textile samples from the 19th to 21st centuries, and the renowned Osborne Library for textile history research.
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Jan 1, 2016
“Closed for an undetermined period”
Nov 30, 2015
“What a Gem!”
491 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01854-4289
+1 978-441-0400
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Reviewed January 1, 2016

Sadly the museum closed on 12/31/2015 for an undetermined period (it remains open to members and for some educational events). This is a wonderful history of the mills and textile industries in Lowell, set in an authentic mill building. Some displays are interactive, and it's...More

1  Thank Annabella G
Reviewed November 30, 2015

If you love American Industrial History this museum is wonderful. The museum gives you an overall view of the history of textiles with just great artifacts and exhibits. Not overly technical which makes it great for older children and teens and adults of all ages....More

1  Thank Boxman43
Reviewed November 11, 2015

You must visit this museum as it is rich in History and showcases Lowell very well. It brings you back in time to when the Textile Industry was booming in the United States. I visited the Museum many years ago with my wife when Princess...More

Thank Wkd253
Reviewed September 16, 2015

Very interesting Textile Museum with a room that has an actual Looms running. They have a wonderful assortment of Quilts with an x rated room of quilts

Thank Baker60
Reviewed August 3, 2015

Encouraged to try a new place by a Free Fun Friday offer, we were very glad we made the trip. This museum is located right in the historic mill district of Lowell,which has been pleasantly and attractively refurbished. The museum relates the history of fabrics,...More

Thank Sande24
Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a museum that is appealing to people of all ages and walks of life. We visited on a free day provided through the Highland Street Foundation. I was expecting it to be crowded, but it wasn't at all. There were groups of other...More

Thank Rebecca O
Reviewed July 30, 2015

We greatly enjoyed the museum! It was educational and an easy place to visit without a tour guide. I have passed it so many times and was glad we stopped in.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful and very charming. The Lowell mill district is a wonderful place to spend the day. Recommend!

Thank Netlizard
Reviewed July 20, 2015

This gives you an historical perspective about how the raw material became the finished fabric. They also have displays which show how fabric and fashion have changed through the years. They also have special displays from time to time.

Thank Ellen D
Reviewed July 16, 2015

Linen, wool, silk, and cotton ~ fabrics we take for granted today, but the evolution of doing everything by hand to the specialize fabrics of firefighters and astronauts is engaging. It is a small museum, but well set out and with plenty of interactive displays....More

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