Whistler House Museum of Art

The Whistler House Museum of Art is the birthplace of painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler. It is located at 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, and is open as a museum displaying works from the museum collection and shows by artist members.

Whistler House Museum of Art
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The Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of James McNeill Whistler.
Whistler House Museum of Art is located in Massachusetts
Whistler House Museum of Art
Location within Massachusetts
Whistler House Museum of Art is located in the United States
Whistler House Museum of Art
Whistler House Museum of Art (the United States)
Location243 Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Coordinates42°38′40.13″N 71°18′52.97″W / 42.6444806°N 71.3147139°W / 42.6444806; -71.3147139Coordinates: 42°38′40.13″N 71°18′52.97″W / 42.6444806°N 71.3147139°W / 42.6444806; -71.3147139

History of the houseEdit

The house was built in 1823 by the Locks and Canals Company for their manager.[1] Paul Moody, master mechanic and inventor, was the first resident of the house.[1] Upon becoming Chief Engineer in 1834, George Washington Whistler lived in the house with his wife, Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler.[2] Their son James Whistler was born in 1834 there.[1] James B. Francis took over as chief engineer and moved into the house in 1837 when G.W. Whistler moved to Russia. James Francis married Sarah, and they raised their six children here.[1][3]

In 1907 the home was purchased by the Lowell Art Association, Inc., and opened in 1908 as a museum.

Permanent exhibitEdit

The first floor and second floor hall and bedrooms now house the WHMA's Permanent collection, including one room dedicated to the etchings of James McNeil Whistler. The top floor is a working artist studio. In the rear of the home is the Parker Gallery, where new exhibits are shown.[4] The museum is open everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Marion, Paul (2014). Mill Power. New York: Rowman and Littlefield. p. 85. ISBN 978-1442236288.
  2. ^ Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1936.
  3. ^ Merriam Webster's Biographical Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1995.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Frontpage". Whistlerhouse.org. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ "Whistler Art House Museum". penzu.com. Retrieved 2022-11-07.

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