A Gateway to Concord’s History

From the first shots in the battle for
American Independence to the legacy of
Emerson and Thoreau—when visiting Concord, start at the Concord Museum.
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Explore Renowned Collections

One of the oldest collections of Americana
in the country, including the largest collection of Thoreau-related objects in the world. Learn more.

Learn through Objects

Bringing history into the lives of learners
of all ages—the Concord Museum connects
real artifacts with people, places, and ideas. 
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Calling All Patriots!
Support and learn more about our transformative expansion and renovation project.

 The Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections in the country. Come visit the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history.

As part of the Museum's Campus Master Plan, on October 9th the Museum galleries will close for six to nine months to renovate its 90 year-old and outdated infrastructure. Renovations include installing new mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems. The new systems will be energy-efficient and are urgently needed to meet code, allow for future upgrades to the Museum's exhibition spaces, and, most importantly, ensure the long-term preservation of the Museum's invaluable permanent collection of historical artifacts. A visitor services area will be built to enhance the visitor experience and provide a gateway for exploring Concord.

Curator David Wood explained, “It’s important for people to know that while the Museum galleries are closed for renovation, the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center will have on view Highlights of the Concord Museum, which includes over 100 historical artifacts from the Concord Museum collection including Paul Revere’s lantern and Henry David Thoreau’s desk.”

Throughout the fall, the Museum will continue to host walking tours, lectures and special events at the historic Wright Tavern.

The Concord Museum is the one place where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary, and decorative arts treasures. Enjoy the historic beauty of our period rooms, and create your own memories with our family-friendly hands-on activities.   


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Anna & Neil Rasmussen Education Center
Grand Opening Celebration

Ribbon Cutting ~ Friday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m.

FREE Open House Weekend ~ Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Emerson's Circle Walk. In the 1800s, Concord was the center for American authors and thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott. They gathered together with other Concordians to discuss issues of the day such as slavery, war, the natural world, and many other ... MORE

Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne. “Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne” brings Hawthorne to its audience through his own words, in an immediate and personal way. The audience is introduced to the author in a moment of creative frustration—he cannot write. In an effort to rekindle his literary inspiration, he perform... MORE

Museum Day. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket, providing free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 20... MORE

6th Sally Lanagan Lecture. Glenn Adamson will speak to the themes of his new book, Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects, an accessible exploration of the objects that lie around us. In recent years, with the advent of the digital age, there is a risk that we are quite literally losing touch with the... MORE

Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World. Join award-winning historian George C. Daughan for a special Veterans Day forum as he discusses his newest book, Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World, with Concord Museum Executive Director Tom Putnam. Kirkus Reviews states “This is hardly a new story, but Daug... MORE

Holiday House Tour 2018. On the 8th Annual Holiday House Tour, enjoy touring seven of Concord's most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. Programs for the Tour can be picked up at Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742) begi... MORE