American Textile History Museum
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Its collections contain thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacture.
Visit the new main exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history.
See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary “shark skin” suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers - and so much more. You’ll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.
The Museum is an unparalleled resource for the study of textile history in the United States. You will find a wealth of information about textile art, factory architecture, textile production, technological invention, labor history, industrial organization and the everyday life of mill towns.
Textile Learning Center (TLC)
Our ongoing hands-on fun place for children-of-all-ages helps us tell the story of textiles in many ways. Read stories in our Polynesian-style reading house from our well-stocked library. Visit our dress-up area loaded with accessories, jewelry, and masks. Try your hand at fiber arts by weaving on our various looms, or spinning with drop spindles. Play at our large, newly acquired doll house, our puppet theater, and activity tables, themed to complement the Museum’s special changing exhibit. For our current special exhibit on quilts, on TLC theme is “Life’s a QUILTED Beach.” Make and decorate sunglasses, visors, beach bags, and flip flop key chains. Make miniature beach blankets that serve as bingo cards for Beach Blanket Bingo. Try your hand at making story quilt squares and designer quilt square mug rugs.
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Sundays are Family Days at the American Textile History Museum.
Every Sunday at 2:00 pm, experienced Museum Teachers offer special hands-on projects for families within children up to age 12.
Families will enjoy trying techiques inspired by the fiber artists exhibits as well as the ongoing process of creating a three dimenstional sculpture, view display of original book illustrations, and familiar weaving, spinning and reading activities.
The Textile Learning Center is open during regular museum hours and at no cost beyond regular museum admission. No registration is required and the program is free with Museum admission.
Free parking is available in the Museum lot adjacent to the building.
The Museum is handicap accessible.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays.
Adults (17 and over) - $8;
Children (6-16) - $6;
Seniors & Students with ID - $6;
Children under 6 and Museum Members - free.
View Rates & Information and print out a coupon for $2 off an adult admission.
Special discounts for groups. No admission fee to visit the Museum Store and Gazebo Cafe. Special programs and exhibitions may have additional fees.
491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA, 01854-4221 map
The Museum is located 35 miles northwest of Boston. Take Route 495 North or South to the Lowell Connector, exit 35C. Take the Lowell Connector to Exit 5B (Thorndike Street). Follow Thorndike Street through 4 sets of traffic lights. Museum entrance and parking lot will be on your left immediately after the 4th light. The Museum is the red brick building with yellow and green banners. Click here to view map.
Lowell is accessible by commuter rail from Boston's North Station. Call (800) 392-6100 for schedule, or click here for more information.
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