Galleries and Museums

Museums and Galleries

Downtown Lowell is part of the Canalway Cultural District including many historical and artistic attractions. Check out the featured ones below:

Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center

246 Market Street

Discover the Continuing Revolution. Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation – including immigrant families and early female factory workers – into an uncertain new industrial era. Nearly 200 years later, the changes that began here still reverberate in our shifting global economy. Explore Lowell, a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution (from NPS). Learn more at

Note: The Visitor Center is currently closed for renovations. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.) is open daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the winter season.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is operated by Lowell National Historical Park. The first floor has a working factory floor full of power looms, much as it would have looked at the turn of the century. The second floor has exhibits detailing the history of Lowell, including several historical machine. Boott Cotton Mills Museum is open daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. through March 27.

…or visit one of downtown’s many other great museums and galleries:

  • Arts League of Lowell Art Gallery – 307 Market St
  • Arts Resource Collaborative – 82 Prescott St
  • Ayer Lofts Art Gallery – 172 Middle St
  • Gallery Z Café – 167 Market St 
  • millWORKS Gallery & Studio – 219 Jackson St
  • National Streetcar Museum at Lowell – 25 Shattuck St
  • New England Quilt Museum – 18 Shattuck St
  • Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center – 40 French St
  • Pollard Memorial Library – 401 Merrimack St
  • The Brush Art Gallery and Studios – 256 Market St
  • Whistler House Museum of Art – 243 Worthen St