On the Road

Museums and cultural organizations from around the country seek to display individual artifacts and entire exhibitions from ATHM.

Places of Invention at the Smithsonian

Inventing Lowell

Inventing Lowell, an exhibit recently on view at ATHM, has traveled to Washington, D.C. to be part of the prestigious Places of Invention exhibition project at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. ATHM is one of only six museums in the country to earn this distinction. ATHM partnered with Lowell Telecommunications Corp. in Lowell to create the exhibit. The compelling video series explores the founding of Lowell as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the country’s first example of industrial urbanism.

ATHM Artifacts on Loan

Hearthside-House-Talbot-weavers-at-work-in-1907-for-webUnique and historically significant pieces from ATHM are requested for display around the country. Below are a few pieces currently on loan.

ATHM Artifacts on Loan

Charles River Museum of Industry, Waltham, MA: 
shuttle, bobbin, knot tyer
Lowell National Historical Park-Boott Cotton Mills:
plantation spinner
EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA:
circular knitter
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence, MA: 
card machine, fire bucket, drawing-in frame
Brown Brothers Harriman, Boston, MA:
hand cards, patent model, copy of engraving
Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC:
spinner, card machine
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston:
power loom
Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket, RI:
spinning frame
Hearthside House, Lincoln, RI:
handlooms and other spinning and weaving tools used in demonstrations