AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM: 491 Dutton St., Lowell, Mass.; www.athm.org or 978-441-0400. Open Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $6; students, seniors, children 6-16, $4; children under 6, free.
GETTING THERE: Lowell is about 35 miles northwest of Boston. Take Route 495 to the Lowell Connector, exit 35C, to exit 5B, Thorndike Street. Commuter rail service is also available from Boston's North Station to Lowell's Gallagher Terminal; 800-392-6100 for schedule. Lowell Regional Transit Authority shuttles run between Gallagher Terminal and downtown Lowell every half-hour, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: www.nps.gov/lowe/ or 978-970-5000. Visitors center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, but hours vary for other attractions. Boott Cotton Mills Museum is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.