American Textile History Museum

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General Information: 491 Dutton St
Lowell, MA 01854
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Fax: 978-441-1412
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Handicap Accessible
Admission: Free for Museum members & children under 6, $8 for adults 17 and older, $6 for seniors, children 6-16, and college students with ID
Hours: 10 AM-5 PM Sunday
Closed Monday - Tuesday
10 AM-5 PM Wednesday - Saturday

Food: American, Greek, Pizza, Vegetarian

Interest Areas: Art, Education, History / Heritage, Multicultural, School Events, Science / Technology, Sociology

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 made possible 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 family-friendly interactive centers for hands-on fiber arts for all ages. Take part in one of our terrific programs for kids of all ages, including make-your-own-craft parties, textile art classes, and summer programs such as American Girl doll sewing and introduction to quilting, sewing, and knitting. And don't forget to stop by our gift shop for a souvenir to remember your day of fun and discovery.

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.

At the American Textile History Museum, you'll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.

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