In addition to our permanent exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration Through Space and Time, ATHM presents rotating special exhibitions on a variety of intriguing and relevant topics, from Hollywood fashion to spacesuits to the Civil War. ATHM offers a self-guided audio tour of Textile Revolution and takes reservations for guided tours of all exhibitions.
September 14, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Celebrating the explosion of color and design that generated the funky, fun, and psychedelic styles of the ‘60s, Color Revolution explores the new dyes, fibers, and designs of this fertile period and helps visitors understand how technology and design support each other.”
August 31, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Textile manufacturers used advertising to create brand identities between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. They employed new printing technologies, the latest design trends, and images from popular art to catch the eyes and imaginations of buyers. The ideas and branding techniques they developed contributed to the creation of contemporary consumer culture. This exhibit showcases a century of textile advertising art and design, including elaborate lettering of early trade cards, the sentimental scenes depicted on cloth labels, and the elaborate exhibits shown at world's fairs.
Visit the ATHM’s core exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary “shark skin” suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers - and so much more. You’ll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.
Get your own guided tour without paying the guided tour price! Free with general admission, just follow the list of cell phone tour stops, and dial up for a teens’ perspective on our displays – includes historic songs, original poetry, and more. Created for the ATHM by teens from Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
from Wednesday-Sunday, 10am - 5pm We look forward to seeing you!