Our “500 for 225 Campaign”



Lowell’s Boat Shop, a National Historic Landmark and working museum, has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 to install a fire suppression system, rebuild foundations, and reinforce our aged structures. In addition, the funds will be used to expand our program offerings for youth and adults. To receive $150,000 in matching grants, we must reach our goal by the end of August 2019.

Please support our “500 for 225 Campaign” by calling the shop at (978) 834-0050, or clicking here.

Photos by Feole Images

Our Mission:

To preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building and promote the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop and its environs.

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Lowell’s by the Numbers (2017)

Museum Visitors 4,680

Visiting Schools/Groups 68

Students Served 1400+

Volunteers 78

Volunteer Hours 10,000+

Boats Built 9


225 years ago, Simeon Lowell established a boat building operation at this site that would pass through seven generations of the Lowell family

45 years ago, Jim Odell purchased the shop from Simeon’s fifth great grandson with the vision of preserving the boat building traditions of the Lowell and family and this region.

Today, we are charged with the preservation of this precious heritage. Our working museum is actively building boats and teaching skills to new generations. Our shop buildings need attention to sustain this level of activity without compromising historic integrity.

Lowell’s Maritime Foundation dba Lowell’s Boat Shop is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

500 for 225 Campaign” Proposed Expenditures


Structural and roof repair: $60k

Painting and trim repair: $15k

Fire suppression system: $125k

Window and door repair and replacement: $75k

Jack up paint shop, install footings, posts and joists: $75k   (Total: $350k)


Education (program staff and development): $65k

Boat building education materials and staff: $55k

Office staff fair wage: $30k   (Total: $150k)

Lowell’s would like to thank the following donors for their generous support in this campaign:

Essex Heritage

Essex Heritage

The National Park Service

The Mass Cultural Facilities Fund

The RPM Foundation

The Methuen Festival of Trees

The Provident Bank

The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

The Institution for Savings