During our historic tour season, Biddeford's textile mill doors are open once more, with access to the unique underground canals! Tours are generally guided by former mill workers who are passionate about Pepperell and know the history of these incredible buildings.
Discover the details about the textile industry and the contributions made by local mill workers from the 1840s to 2009. Experience the grand scale of the spinning and weaving rooms, the soaring ceilings raised by stately columns, and the rushing power of the Saco River.
We also offer group tours in the late spring and early fall, and we can visit your location between September and May with our Education & Outreach program and presentation.
2017 Tour Schedule for Biddeford Mills Museum
Tours for 2017 start June 8 and end September 2nd. Tours run Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am to 12 pm. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 am.
Tour participants should meet in front of Portland Pie Restaurant at 40 Main Street (located near the corner of Foss & Main Streets and across from the Happy Dragon Restaurant). Follow the signs. Please see Parking.
Please see the Group Tours and Education & Outreach sections above for other opportunities to learn about the Biddeford Mills.
Reservations for Historic Tours
Reservations are required. During the tour season, please call Heart of Biddeford at (207) 284-8520, Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm to arrange your tour booking. Reservations should be made prior to 2 pm on the day before the Biddeford Mills Museum Tour.
The first 25 registrants will be booked on a first come, first serve basis for any Historical Tour. Larger groups can be accommodated with at least three (3) day prior notice. Historic Tours are not offered during the week of July 4th.
$12 Seniors (age 65)
$10 Students (under age 18)
The Historical Tours are designed for those able to climb minimal stairs. Walking shoes should be worn. For safety reasons no open toed shoes are allowed. Children under the age of five (5) are discouraged from participating. A Waiver is required to be signed for participation. An adult or guardian must sign for any minor (under 18).
Additional Tour Info
Historical Tours of the Pepperell Mill Campus are a two (2) hour walking tour of the buildings built as early as 1845 and the water power tunnels built in 1837. The tour includes discussions of the: