Lowell National Historical Park
The history of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum with its operating weave room of 88 power looms, "mill girl" boardinghouses, the Suffolk Mill Turbine Exhibit and guided tours tell the story of the transition from farm to factory, chronicle immigrant and labor history and trace industrial technology. The park includes textile mills, worker housing, 5.6 miles of canals, and 19th-century commercial buildings.
Seasonality / Weather
The park is open year-round, but hours for different sites vary according to season. Check the park website for details.
To drive to Lowell National Historical Park, from either Interstate Route 495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B if traveling northbound): Take the Lowell Connector to Thorndike Street (Exit 5B). Please note that the Connector is closely monitored for speed. On Thorndike Street, which becomes Dutton Street, continue straight through four traffic lights. At the fifth traffic light, turn right from Dutton Street into the Visitor Parking Lot. Free parking is available here during Park operating hours in the gated section of the lot with ticket validation at the visitor center. From the lot, follow the signs and walk to the visitor center through the mill archways and courtyard to the left section of the mill building on the far side of the courtyard.
Commuter rail service is available from Boston's North Station to Lowell's Gallagher Terminal. Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) shuttles buses run between Gallagher Terminal and downtown Lowell Monday through Saturday.