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Located in a beautiful 1873 mansion, the Lowell Area Historical Museum showcases historical exhibits, archives, and programs. Topics include early settlers, local industries, military history, and the Lowell Showboat. The historic home's Victorian era parlor and dining room have also been recreated as part of the museum.


Permanent and rotating exhibits make up the main gallery space of the Lowell Area Historical Museum. One room showcases the early history of the area, with a birchbark wigwam and a log cabin model. Industry and retail make up another room. Another exhibit is devoted to the Lowell Showboat, a riverboat that has hosted entertainment shows since the 1930s.

Part of the museum has been recreated into a 1870s parlor and dining room, as it could have appeared when the museum building was the private dwelling for wealthy Robert W. Graham's family. These rooms and the garden outside are available for rental to those who want a Victorian flair to their event.

The museum also houses vast artifact collections and archives. Genealogy and local history records are available to researchers.

Interactive programs and events that reach out and get the local community involved are also very important to the museum's mission. The museum recreates the way of life of Native Americans, fur traders, early settlers and farmers in educational activities, especially geared towards children and families. 1

1. Lowell Area Historical Museum website. www.lowellmuseum.org