American Textile History Museum

Telling America's story through the art, science and history of textiles.

491 Dutton St., Lowell, MA 01854

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An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, tells America's story through the art, history, and science of textiles. In addition to our core exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, ATHM presents ongoing and rotating special exhibitions, exploring the world through the lens of textiles, from the fashions of Hollywood and Princess Diana to the haunting personal stories of Vietnam and the Civil War. ATHM holds the world's largest and most important collections of tools, spinning wheels, hand looms, and early production machines, as well as more than five million pieces of textile prints, fabric samples, rolled textiles coverlets, and costumes. At the American Textile History Museum, we have dedicated more than 50 years to preserving the past and shaping the 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.

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  • Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel

    *Special exhibit open during museum hours. MUSEUM HOURS: Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm.* Wool is one of the most commonly used fibers...

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    Wed, Jun 17 - Thu, Dec 31, 2015

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  • Feeling Sheepish? We hope so!

    Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. Lecture free with museum admission. Free for members. Join Wild Fibers editor, Linda Cortright, as...

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    Sun, Sep 20, 2015

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  • Dr. Linda Przybyszewski's "The Lost Art of Dress" Lecture and Book Signing

    Free with museum admission. Free for members. Historian Dr. Linda Przybyszewski will introduce local audiences to a unique relationship between...

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    Sun, Sep 27, 2015

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  • Meg Lukens Noonan's "The Coat Route" Lecture and Book Signing

    Sponsored by the Parker Lectures Lecture free; museum admission not included. Journalist Meg Lukens Noonan will discuss her book, The...

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    Sun, Oct 4, 2015

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  • A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer, 1912-1925

    Sponsored by the Parker Lectures. Lecture free; museum admission not included. Lecture by Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the...

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    Sun, Nov 8, 2015

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