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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  • Exhibition at ATHM: "Fiberart International"

    "Fiberart International 2013" showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and...

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    Fri, Jul 11 - Sun, Oct 26, 2014

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  • Hardanger Fall Bookmark

    Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members Instructor: Joan Ferguson Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to create a...

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    Sat, Sep 20, 2014

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  • Tunisian Crochet

    Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members Instructor: Kristy Medina Learn Tunisian crochet techniques, including the simple stitch, purl stitch, increases, decreases, and return...

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    Sun, Sep 21, 2014

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