Visitor Information

Come explore with us …

This is far from your run-of-the-mill museum. At the American Textile History Museum, you’ll experience your world in a whole new way as you spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through the innovation, creativity, and passion of textiles that shape our past, present, and future. Our collections, exhibitions, education programs, research library, and on-line catalogue provide a fascinating in-depth look at the world through the art, history, and science of textiles.

Museum Hours:

  • Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Holidays Hours: Closed New Years Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all holidays falling on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • School and scout programs available by reservation Monday through Sunday. Call (978) 441-0400 ext. 250 or email for reservations.


  • Free for Museum members and children under 6.
  • $8 for adults 17 and older.
  • $6 for seniors (65 and older), children
    6 – 16, and college students with ID.
  • Teachers admitted free of charge with school groups or individually with teacher identification.
  • Receive $2 off one full price adult admission with this coupon.
  • FREE reciprocity admission: Participants with a North American Reciprocal Museum or Smithsonian Affiliate membership card from a participating institution.
  • Visitors can purchase a Dual Ticket to ATHM and the New England Quilt Museum for $12 ($15 if purchased separately)


Easily accessible via Route I-495 North or South to exit 35C (the Lowell Connector). Follow the Connector to exit 5B Thorndike Street. Go through four traffic signals and look for the Museum immediately on the left. Turn left into the Museum parking lot. Free parking is available in the Museum’s lot. The Museum is accessible by commuter rail (Lowell Line) from Boston’s North Station. Contact the MBTA at 1 800-392-6100, or for schedules and fares.

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Guided Tours:

A guided tour of the Museum's core exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, provides a special opportunity to experience the story of textiles. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the evolution of cloth-making, from colonial home-spun to high tech manufacturing. Tours can be tailored to your group's special area of interest. Prior reservations are required for guided tours.

Rates: Regular admission plus $40 flat rate for a maximum of 15 people. Groups larger than 15 can be accommodated, but should call for rate information.

FREE self-guided audio tours are also available.

For a limited time only, ATHM is offering a special guided tour of MILL WORKS accompanied by an art project.” And link “special guided tour” to the program listing on the special events page.

To discuss your group's needs, call 978-441-0400x250 or email

Textile Revolution

Museum Maps:


Free parking is available in the ATHM parking lot in front and to the side of the building. No parking is allowed in the private fenced lot next door at 305 Dutton Street. Additional street parking is available on Broadway Street (around the corner from ATHM) and in the Market Street parking garage (left from parking lot and right at second stop light). Please see Museum reception staff for maps and further assistance upon your arrival.

View a map of downtown parking garages, courtesy of the Lowell National Historical:

Downtown Lowell Parking Map

Dining: A Family Affair Restaurant & Catering

A Family Affair Restaurant and Catering, Inc. is now open in the Gazebo in the Museum’s lobby! For menus and additional information, visit A Family Affair’s website:

Downtown Lowell Parking Map

Nearby hotels:

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The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Affiliation and support:

ATHM is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. ATHM receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


The collections are accessible on-line through the Chace Catalogue. The collections and library are open by appointment.

491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01854-4221
Tel: (978) 441-0400
Fax: (978) 441-1412

MILL WORKS Guided Tour and Activity

Go on a guided tour of MILL WORKS: Flowers in the Factory and Inventing Lowell. Then, create a piece of art inspired by the exhibitions using paper, gauze, and paint. Open to groups of all ages.

Textile Revolution:
An Exploration through Space and Time

Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come explore with us!