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Address: 459 Main St, Amesbury, MA 01913-4207
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+1 978-834-0050

A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and...

A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building. We offer classes, exhibits, tours, repairs, boat building and more.Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.We urge you to Experience the Lowell Tradition by being a part of the continuing history of America’s oldest working boat shop.

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Great Video; Great People

They'll show you a video that summarizes the history of the place, and it's a good one, very informative. The shop itself seems too small to have made as many boats as it... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Kimetra F
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5 reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017

They'll show you a video that summarizes the history of the place, and it's a good one, very informative. The shop itself seems too small to have made as many boats as it apparently has (at one time). The people are extremely likeable and clearly love what they do.

Thank Kimetra F
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

An extremely interesting spot to visit that is a National Heritage site for New England boat building. It is the oldest wooden boat shop still in existence in the U.S.

Thank Kathleen T
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I grew up on the merrimack river with lowells boat shop across the street from my house. Our school and our kids schools take them to the boat shop to teach the kids how to make the old wooden boats, which they still make there.

Thank Gioia C
Charlton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for some local history of boat making. Where better than on the Merrimack. So cool to see and know they still make boats and teach the young and older how to as well.

Thank Sharon L
Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

This boat shop has a long significance in our family as they resided on the Merrimack River for years. The boat shop is a real working shop that has been there since ???1700's or so ? They make incredible wooden dinghy's . Its worth the trip to just be on the river and look on a waterway that provided access... More 

Thank 713sispa
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

Easy to locate , right on River. Staff informative and freindly. One can actually build a wooden dory with a few others . Old tools on display along with pictures if another past era.

Thank Emile H
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

You'll simply learn a boatload of information about the making of wooden boats and see such in action. This antique shop is the real McCoy and demonstrates true craftsmanship in a beautiful setting on the Merrimack River. Bring your school-aged kids.

Thank Sensei-01913
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

I often bring out of town guests to visit Lowell's and they always enjoy the visit. Everybody like wooden boats and, since the shop usually has several boats at various stages of construction, a visitor can get a good sense of how these boats have been built for over 200 years. The director and volunteers are always happy to take... More 

Thank Nick O
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Walking into Lowell's Boat Shop Museum is mind bending, maybe even life changing. The rough wooden walls, the rugged planked floor, the inches thick layers of paint, the sawdust caked windows all conspire to push you back one or two hundred years. And the boats are marvels of simplicity and sturdy grace. These classic fishing dories and their near relative... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Lowell's Boat Shop is a great place to visit when you are on the north shore and interested to see some living history. You can "stop in" for a visit and learn some maritime history and, indeed, you will feel like you are walking into that history itself. Or, if you happen to plan in advance, there are many educational... More 

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