Guided Tours & Group Visits

Guided Tour

Please note: As ATHM undergoes major restructuring, tours will be offered only through June 30, 2016. Thank you for your understanding. Please help us preserve and protect our museum by donating today

Guided Group Tours

A general, guided group tour of the Museum’s core exhibition, Textile Revolution, provides an opportunity to explore the story of the art, history, and science of textiles under the guidance of a knowledgeable staff or docent.

Customized guided group tours with any of the following tour options are also available:

Textiles in America
Learn how textiles have evolved in America – from the Native American’s use of woven cloth, through the Colonial era, to 21st century high tech fabrics.

Fashion, Art and Design in America
This tour utilizes pieces from the Museum’s extensive costume collection to examine changes in clothing and fashion design over the centuries. Emphasizing fabric types, color choices, and finishing techniques, it includes discussions on societal influences, economic realities, personal taste, and popular trends from the 17th through the 21st century.

Industrialization and Inventing in America
A great choice for any group particularly interested in various aspects of American History, with special attention given to the industrialization of America, what led up to it, and how contemporary innovations continue to shape the textile industry.


Admission: $10 per adult, $8 per senior, free for ATHM Members.
Additional: $40 tour fee for each group up to 20.


ATHM requests that you schedule your group visit two weeks in advance. Guided group tour times are offered only through June 30, 2016, and are available  Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Mondays and Tuesdays with special arrangements. To request a reservation, please fill out a Group Reservation Request Form.

School Group Tours

Learn about our engaging tours and field trip programs for school and homeschool groups. Available only through June 30, 2016.

Children’s Tour

Children, ages 6 to 12, can explore the museum galleries with a guided tour tailored just for them. Discover how water and soda bottles might have been recycled into the clothes they’re wearing. Hear stories about young children working in the mills. And, enjoy sharing observations as each child takes a walk on an imaginary “time line” following the history of textiles from Native Americans into the 21st Century. The tour lasts between 45 minutes to an hour.


The tour is $60 for up to 10 children and $6 per each additional child. All others must pay the general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.

Additional Information

Group Tour Parking

Group tour visitors may be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance of the Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA. Ample bus and van parking is available for free at the Museum. Learn more about parking and directions to the Museum.


The Museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities. To reserve a wheelchair in advance of your visit, contact Visitor Services at (978) 441-0400.


There are many fantastic dining options just an easy walk or drive from the American Textile History Museum. A comprehensive list of local restaurants can be found on the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s website.


For more information or discuss your group’s tour needs, contact Kathy Hirbour, Education Coordinator, at 978-441-0400 (x250) or email